10 Things You Didn't Know About WWE WrestleMania
The man who stopped Vince McMahon naming WrestleMania 'The Colossal Tussle' REVEALED!
9. Do Or Die
These days, WrestleMania is big enough to sell out NFL stadiums with premium-priced tickets and travel packages, while also drawing fans to NXT TakeOver, the Hall of Fame ceremony, and the post-Mania episodes of Raw and SmackDown, making for a five day wrestling fiesta that draws more than 100,000 folks in total (a colossal hustle and bustle, if you will).
The weekend is such a big money winner, and you're not exactly fighting the odds if you wager on WrestleMania being profitable.
That was not always the case, however. When WrestleMania came into existence in the mid-eighties, McMahon was assuming a major financial risk by putting the closed-circuit broadcast together. So many eggs were in this basket that the nationally-expanding WWE stood to lose so much if the show were to fail, and most agree that WWE would have died had the show not met high expectations.
Some have said McMahon even put up his house to help finance the endeavor, while various wrestlers present even said McMahon openly admitted that this show was make-or-break. Spoiler alert: the show was a success.