Since COVID-19 has struck, the WWE has struggled with selling tickets at some live events. With WrestleMania 38 days away, and the show not “sold-out”, with this trend continue?
WrestleMania 38 Not Sold-Out
A recent report reveals that as of March 30th, WWE has only sold 80 percent of its overall tickets for WM 38. It looks as if only 52,700 seats are sold for Saturday night, and 51,900 for Sunday.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) March 31, 2022
Will the company manage to sell these remaining tickets by the time the weekend hits? That seems unlikely.
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What is the real reason behind this? Could it be because the show is a two-night event?
It’s hard to say at this point. The pandemic has taken a toll on the company and may continue to do so in the months ahead.
Speaking of the WWE, Nick Khan, the company’s President & Chief Revenue Officer, was on Matthew Belloni’s, The Town, podcast. He chats about a number of things, including complaints from ex-talents.
Nick Khan On Ex-WWE Talent Complaints
When asked about preferential treatment and negative experiences from former WWE superstars, Khan notes that “everyone” is treated humanely and should be, as such.
Nick would go on to make a comparison with WWE’s situation to the NBA and L.A. Lakers, at a time when the late Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were playing on the same team. Khan notes they were not treated the same as some others on the team.
He states that “yes” Shaq and Kobe were treated “better” than other players. Then, Khan goes on to say, “that’s the way it is”.
He also says that Will Smith wasn’t taken away from the Oscars after slapping Chris Rock, because of his “star” status. Khan finishes it all off by saying if a superstar is at the top of the card, they may have a bigger dressing room than one at the bottom of the card.
It is the way it is. However, he also adds that “everyone” has the same opportunity to get there.
Khan Discusses More About The WWE
Nick also talked about the partnership the WWE has with Peacock. He notes that both are very “happy” with the deal.
Lastly, Khan states that the WWE choosing to license out the WWE Network content was one to place a re-focus on the company being about content, not about being a techy company. This makes complete sense.
During the interview, Khan also talks about how his company should get a “hometown discount” as it relates to NBCUniversal deals. He believes NBCU should think of them as “hometown players”, due to their long-standing relationship over the years.
Nick would also talk about how his company is “for the masses”. Something the WWE should not lose sight of.
He notes that the average WWE fan grew up in the ‘80s or ‘90s. They went to public school and watched the brand because of the lack of cable in many parts of the country.
Nick’s not wrong. Many fans out there continue to remain loyal because of their history with the brand.