• WrestleMania 38 Drew Over 56 Million Viewers In India (Details)
WWE’s biggest fanbase is from India.
A WWE Official said the following about their TV viewership in India a few years ago:
“India is one of our top international markets. In terms of audience size, it is our largest.
Something like 89 million Indians watched WrestleMania 33, 50 million Indians watch RAW and SmackDown every week (on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD).
Sunday Dhamaal has 25 million tuning in. And those are numbers greater than any other international markets we have.”
Earlier this month, WrestleMania 38 drew impressive numbers as well.
According to The Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC), WrestleMania 38 drew 56.1 million viewers in India on the Sony Sports Network.
This is 29% up from the total viewership of WrestleMania 37 in 2021.
The viewership of WrestleMania 38 – Night 1 was 34% up compared to WrestleMania 37 – Night 1, while the viewership of WrestleMania 38 – Night 2 was 33% up compared to WrestleMania 37 – Night 2.
The debut of Veer Mahaan helped increase the RAW after WrestleMania 38 viewership in India by 9% compared to the RAW before WrestleMania 38.
On RAW after WrestleMania 38, Paul Heyman noted that the viewership of WrestleMania 38 on Peacock was 58% more than the viewership of WrestleMania 37, and he gave the credit for that to Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who defeated Brock Lesnar in the main event of Night 2.
WrestleMania 38 also defeated Super Bowl 56 on Social Media. Below is what WWE posted about it:
WrestleMania 38 outpaces Super Bowl LVI with social media performance
“WrestleMania 38 beat Super Bowl LVI with 2.2 billion social media impressions for WWE vs. 1.8 billion impressions for the NFL.
WWE won in video views with WrestleMania at 1.1 billion vs. Super Bowl at 618 million.
WWE won in engagements with WrestleMania at 87 million vs. Super Bowl at 78 million.
WWE won in video watch time with WrestleMania at 13.1 million hours vs. Super Bowl at 3.56 million hours.”
2.2 BILLION! 💪
— WWE (@WWE) April 12, 2022
— WWE (@WWE) April 12, 2022
Prior to the announcement of beating Super Bowl, WWE issued the following press release:
WrestleMania Shatters Revenue & Attendance Records
“WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced that WrestleMania 38 became WWE’s highest-grossing and most-attended event in company history.
WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza saw 156,352 fans from all 50 states and 53 countries converge on AT&T Stadium in Dallas over the course of two exciting nights, surpassing the previous gate and attendance records set by WrestleMania 32 in 2016.
WrestleMania 39 takes place in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park on Saturday, April 1, 2023 and Sunday, April 2, 2023. Ticket information will be announced later this year.”
As we noted before, Tony Khan has plans to build the AEW brand in India with Satnam Singh, who debuted last week on Dynamite. AEW currently airs on Discovery’s Eurosport in India.
Check Out: Charlotte Flair’s NipSlip From WrestleMania 38:
• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 19, 2005) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 2005, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran Silo Sam (Real name: John Harris) at the age of 52.
Standing 7ft 5in (billed as 7ft 7in), John Harris ranks #3 on the list of the tallest professional wrestlers ever, which can be seen by tapping here.
Known as Silo Sam in Verne Gagne’s AWA (1986), he was known as Big John Harris on CWA Memphis Wrestling TV (1984-1985) and as Little John in Fritz Von Erich’s WCCW.
In 1987, he wrestled on untelevised WWF House Shows, but they didn’t end up hiring him.
Quite a lot of people remember him for chasing Pee-wee Herman because of a girl in the movie “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
September 12, 1952 – April 19, 2005