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Amidst conflicting attendance reports, WWE touting more WrestleMania 32 records

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Everyone seems to agree that WWE broke their live attendance record this past Sunday at WrestleMania 32 in Arlington, Texas' AT&T Stadium, even though there's a discrepency between the company's figure of 101,763 and the Wrestling Observer's sub-98,000 estimate.

There's debate over how great the impact was on WWE Network's subscriber total, but no one is saying that a lot of money wasn't made.

Throw into that mix WWE's latest press release, which discusses more record-breaking numbers - including in all important 21st century metrics like online engagement:


STAMFORD, CONN. - April 7, 2016 - In addition to setting a new attendance record of 101,763 fans, which led to the highest-grossing live event in WWE history at $17.3 million, WrestleMania also broke records for digital and social media engagement and merchandise sales.

Digital/Social Media

· WrestleMania 32 was the most social event in WWE history, according to Nielsen Social with 2.5 million mentions on Twitter throughout the day and 1.3 million mentions during the broadcast alone, an increase of 50 percent and 18 percent year-over-year, respectively.

· WWE-related content saw more than 250 million video views across, WWE App and social media during WrestleMania Week, an increase of 122 percent year-over-year.

· WrestleMania set data usage records, totaling 8.6TB on the AT&T network. This set a new record for data traffic at AT&T Stadium, an increase of 36 percent over the data traffic during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2015.

WWE Network

· WrestleMania reached 1.82 million global households on WWE Network alone, making it the most-watched WrestleMania in history, with pay-per-view data still forthcoming.

· WWE Network subscribers viewed 21.7 million hours during WrestleMania Week or 12 hours per subscriber during the week. This compares to 15 million hours last year, a year-over-year increase of 45 percent.

Merchandise Sales

· WWE generated a record-breaking $4.55 million in WrestleMania merchandise revenue, an increase of 37 percent or $1.2 million, from last year's previous record at WrestleMania 31.

While I don't think you'll hear too many people arguing it was one of the best or most entertaining Manias in history, expect to hear it mentioned often by WWE and it's investors... because it made a ton of money, and some will argue it should have made even more.

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