The Fourteen WWE events that drew more than 60,000 fans
Apr 18, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
WWE EVENTS THAT DREW MORE THAN 60,000 FANS
1. 78,927 – 8/31/92 London Wembley Stadium (Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith/Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage)
2. 78,000 – 3/29/87 Pontiac Silverdome (Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant)
3. 74,687 – 4/1/07 Detroit Fort Field (Vince McMahon’s hair vs. Donald Trump’s hair)
4. 74,635 – 3/30/08 Orlando Florida Citrus Bowl (Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Big Show/Ric Flair retirement)*
5. 68,237 – 3/17/02 Toronto Sky Dome (Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock)**
6. 67,925 – 4/1/01 Houston Astrodome (Steve Austin vs. The Rock)
7. 65,400 (estimate if the building truly was sold out, real number is likely to be lower) – 4/1/12 Miami Marine Life Stadium (The Rock vs. John Cena)
8. 64,287 – 4/1/90 Toronto Sky Dome (Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior)
9. 64,100 – 8/28/86 Toronto Exhibition Stadium (Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff)
10. 62,167 – 4/5/92 Indianapolis Hoosier Dome (Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice)***
11. 61,617 – 4/3/11 Atlanta Georgia Dome (Return of The Rock/John Cena vs. The Miz)
12. 61,611 – 4/5/09 Houston Reliant Stadium(Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels)****
13. 61,093 – 3/28/10 University of Phoenix Stadium (Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels*****
14. 60,525 – 1/21/97 San Antonio Alamo Dome (Shawn Michaels vs. Sycho Sid)******
*In Orlando, building was sold out but it was heavily papered with 11,500 tickets given away
**The total number was legitimate but on the day of the show, they opened the door to thousands of people without tickets to get in, and counted them so they could create a Sky Dome attendance record that would be impossible to ever be broken. They did not paper the show beforehand, but there were almost 8,200 people who got in free, and there were more people than seats in the stadium. The paid for that show was 61,069.
***Denotes a non-sold out show that was heavily papered. Paid was 47,000, with 15,000 tickets given away, an all-time record for tickets given away at a WrestleMania
****For this show, tickets were discounted during the final week, but there were no reports of papering
*****In Phoenix, paid attendance was never released. There were reports of papering at the end, and it was believed to have been about 55,000 paid. Tickets in every section were available at the box office when the show began.
******Paid attendance was 48,014 for the Royal Rumble, but tickets were priced very cheaply and the total gate was only $480,013.
source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter