If you've been reading Internet reports for the past few months, you probably realize that Vince McMahon is very determined to break the million buy-rate mark for WrestleMania again this year.
The last time the Grandaddy of Em' All actually broke the mark was back in 2008 for WrestleMania XXIV. And even then they needed Floyd Mayweather, as the card itself wasn't too great with the exception of the main event World Heavyweight Championship match.
And the one before WrestleMania XXIV that broke the million mark was none other then WrestleMania 23 in Detroit.
Other than the Hair vs. Hair match, and the two Championship matches, it was not too great of a card either, but WrestleMania 23 actually set an all-time WWE buy-rate record.
You can thank Donald Trump for that, Vince.
On a side note, I find it hilarious that the WrestleMania featuring Donald Trump had the highest buy rate in WWE history, AND that a WWE RAW a couple years ago featuring Donald Trump as guest host had the highest rating in seven years.
The rating literally jumped one whole number. I'm not even kidding. It went from a 3.7 to a 4.5 the next week when Trump hosted.
John Cena isn't the biggest draw that WWE has; Donald Trump is.
Any-hoo, what I really want to do here is start a conversation amongst you Bleachers. Will Vince best the million buy rate this time?
Obviously, The Rock is a huge factor. It was a smart thing for Vince to bring back The Rock.
Some people, mainly older fans, will tune in just to see who The Rock will Rock Bottom at WrestleMania and what shenanigans The Rock will pull out at WrestleMania.
And with the current heated feud going on between Cena, The Rock and to some extent the Miz, one can safely assume that Rock might play a part in the match.
The Miz vs. John Cena with the Rock as special-guest referee sounds EXTREMELY satisfying and seems to me like it could draw huge numbers.
Maybe even include Special Enforcer.
The other money-making match would be Triple H vs. the Undertaker. I realize that nearly everybody on the Internet and all the older fans have watched their match from Wrestlemania X-Seven, but you gotta look at this from a kid's perspective.
Let's say a kid started watching WWE as soon as PG kicked in. What did he see? Lots and lots of Triple H and Undertaker World Championship reigns.
He saw Triple H beating the crap out of the best of the best in the business, and Undertaker doing the same.
So, for a kid, this is a HUGE matchup. It's must-watch.
Speaking of "must-watch," apparently it's been confirmed that Justin Bieber will be singing America the Beautiful at WrestleMania. It's not a must-watch for the majority of the viewers (including me) but some girls and women might be crazy enough to actually buy WrestleMania just to see him sing.
It's utter madness, I tell you, but it's a great business strategy either way. Still, looks like the remote control will be my best friend for the beginning of WrestleMania.
Another possible money-making match could in fact be could be Del Rio vs. Edge.
Del Rio is a huge draw in Mexico and Japan, and will no doubt rise the buy rate. Add Christian to the match as a triple threat, and you get a pretty nice-looking matchup that could possibly attract older fans.
Now, I know this one isn't big, but Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole could be pretty huge in terms of buy rate too. Michael Cole is a thorn in the side of most of the IWC and it's no doubt that all of us want to see Cole get beaten up, which could very well happen at Wrestlemania.
I'm definitely going to pay to see that!
In another matchup we've got Bryan vs. Sheamus which could draw Indy fans to some extent.
Just as a last note, I don't believe that online free streaming of the event will decrease any buys of WrestleMania whatsoever. Obviously, we live in a Internet-dominated society nowadays, and nearly everything available in the real world for purchase is available on the Internet for free.
I personally believe that fans who buy the product end up doing so, and will not go to the Internet to look up free streams. It's only the people who previously didn't buy the PPV's that search for the events online.
So, I'll just end with this. I personally believe that Vince will break the one million buy rate for this year's WrestleMania. If not, at the very least he should break last year's WrestleMania buy rate of 885,000.
I already have a feeling that whoever buys this year's WrestleMania will not be disappointed.