Pros and Cons of Turning WWE WrestleMania into 2-Night Event

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

Ronda Rousey slams Triple H at WrestleMania 34.
Ronda Rousey slams Triple H at WrestleMania 34.Credit: WWE.com

WrestleMania has turned into an entire week of events including the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, an annual NXT TakeOver special and several days worth of Axxess events, but the pay-per-view on Sunday is still the main attraction.

Over the years, the marquee event has grown from the first show being just over two hours to WrestleMania 34 being over seven hours long if you count the two-hour pre-show.

That's a ridiculous amount of time to sit in a hard plastic stadium chair surrounded by screaming fans with your only options for food being whatever the concession stand sells.

Granted, if you are a diehard WWE loyalist, spending seven hours watching wrestling might not seem like a big deal, but imagine you are a parent with a few rowdy kids in attendance. Things then start to look a lot different.

Jesse Collings of Wrestling Inc and Bigpale of Cageside Seats both looked at why expanding 'Mania into a two-night event would be a good idea, but it's not as easy as it might sound.

Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of making the biggest show of the year even bigger.

                     

Pro: Less Fatigue

Fans who watch WrestleMania in the stadium or from their couch are expected to sit through seven hours of programming. That's longer than the Super Bowl and the post-game press conference combined.

Instead of one long PPV, WWE could air four hours of content on Saturday and a further four on Sunday.

This way, fans would be refreshed for the second set of matches instead of having to struggle to stay awake by the time the main event rolls around.

People wouldn't have to schedule two meals and a couple of bathroom breaks throughout the show if it was only half as long on each day.

Considering the Superstars are there for the entire PPV, extending to two days would also make it easier on them. Those who work on Saturday can just sit back and enjoy the show and vice versa on Sunday. 

                

Scheduling Conflicts

If WWE split WrestleMania and put half the show on Saturday night, NXT TakeOver would have to be scheduled for Friday.

The company would then have to move the Hall of Fame ceremony to Thursday, which would not be as ideal as you might think.

With the HOF ceremony typically lasting well over four hours, WWE might not want to rely on its audience staying up that late on a Thursday night. 

Many fans travel to 'Mania's host city so they can attend all three events. By adding an extra night, WWE is forcing people to change the way they plan their trips.

It means asking your employer for an extra day off of work, leaving a day earlier, paying for an extra night at a hotel and all the other costs that come along with an extra day of vacation.

                    

Pros: Two of Everything

WrestleMania is always billed as a multi-main event PPV, but most people consider the real main event to be whatever match goes on last.

Having two different nights means 'Mania can actually have two main event contests and the WWE Championship and Universal Championship bouts can have their own spotlight at the end of the evening.

It might even benefit the company to put all the SmackDown matches on one show and the Raw bouts on the other to make the brand split look more legitimate. WWE could also book two different musical guests and have them perform on different days. 

With the addition of the Women's Battle Royal, WWE even has two over-the-top-rope matches to split between the shows.

There are two sets of tags titles, two Women's Championships and two midcard titles to divide among the different nights. Frankly, it makes more sense to have two shows than one when you look at how WWE books everything in pairs. 

                    

Con: The Cost

If WrestleMania were a two-night PPV, the company would have to figure out how to sell tickets in a way the WWE Universe can afford.

Would each night be billed separately or would you have to buy tickets for both shows as a package deal? What if you only care about the matches on one of those nights? Would the cost be double or would each night cost half of the usual price? 

All of these questions affect anyone who wants to attend the show live, but WWE also has its own costs to worry about.

Using the same venue two nights in a row is significantly more expensive than it would be for one, even if WWE is setting up the stage for a week in advance.

The cost of using the venue's staff and security for two nights would be a major increase in price, especially since 'Mania has been held in large stadiums for the past several years. Holding the HOF ceremony or a TakeOver special is less costly because they use smaller arenas nearby.

Both the fans and the company would need to spend a lot more money if WrestleMania took place on Saturday and Sunday.

                 

Pro: More Individual Moments Will Stand Out

WrestleMania featured 14 matches between the pre-show and main card, but only a few will stand out as memorable a couple of months down the line.

This doesn't mean the rest of the bouts were bad by any means. Several Superstars had matches that would steal the show on any other night.

By splitting WrestleMania in half, more matches will be remembered because people will have almost 24 hours for everything from the first night to sink in before they watch Sunday's show. 

Seth Rollins, Jinder Mahal, Nia Jax, Naomi and Matt Hardy's victories might have meant more if they didn't have Ronda Rousey, AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and Charlotte Flair all on the same card to outshine them.

              

Conclusion

There are a lot of benefits to making WrestleMania a two-day PPV, but the costs may outweigh the positives it would provide.

Rescheduling all of the other events surrounding 'Mania would be a headache and so would trying to figure out how to sell tickets for both nights without making things too expensive.

WrestleMania will always draw a huge crowd, but it's hard to keep even the most loyal of fans from getting tired toward the end of a seven-hour broadcast.

Maybe WWE will figure out a way to do it in the future, but until then, we will have to deal with certain PPVs requiring us to set aside an entire day.


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