List of professional wrestling attendance records in the United States

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Madison Square Garden, long considered WWE's home arena, holds a number of pro wrestling attendance records.

The following is a list of professional wrestling attendance records in the United States. The list is dominated by the American professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment which has controlled the industry in North America since 2002. As the World Wrestling Federation, it became the first national promotion in the U.S. during the 1980s wrestling boom. The National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling were both main competitors to the WWF during the 1980s and 1990s, however, all of their events were surpassed by the WWE by the early 2000s.

According to this list, 17 events are from WWE's flagship WrestleMania pay-per-view (PPV) event, which since 2007's WrestleMania 23 has been held exclusively in stadiums that typically have a seating capacity of at least 70,000 people or more. Only three of the attendances listed are non-WWE events, with two WCW Monday Nitro episodes being the only house show events on the list. There are only two attendance records remaining from the "Territory-era" (1940s-1980s) and one from the "Pioneer-era" (1900s-1940s). All but eleven of the events have been held in the Southern United States, while three have been held on the East Coast (Massachusetts and New Jersey), four in the Midwest (Indiana, Michigan and Ohio), two in the Southwest (Arizona) and two on the West Coast of the United States (California and Washington).

Events and attendances[edit]

Promotion Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
WWE WrestleMania 32
April 3, 2016
Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium 80,709[1][2] Triple H (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship [3]
WWE WrestleMania XXVIII
April 1, 2012
Miami Gardens, Florida Sun Life Stadium 78,363 John Cena vs. The Rock [4]
WWE WrestleMania 34
April 8, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome 78,133 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship [5]
WWF WrestleMania III
March 29, 1987
Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome 78,000[6] Hulk Hogan (c) vs. André the Giant for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship [7]
WWE WrestleMania XXIV
March 30, 2008
Orlando, Florida Florida Citrus Bowl 74,635 Edge (c) vs. The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship [8]
WWE WrestleMania 29
April 7, 2013
East Rutherford, New Jersey MetLife Stadium 74,300[9] The Rock (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship [10]
WWE WrestleMania 23
April 1, 2007
Detroit, Michigan Ford Field 74,287[11] John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship [12]
WWE WrestleMania XXV
April 5, 2009
Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium 72,744 Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship [13]
WWE WrestleMania XXVI
March 28, 2010
Glendale, Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium 72,219 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels in a No Disqualification Streak vs. Career match [14]
WWE WrestleMania XXVII
April 3, 2011
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 71,617 The Miz (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship [15]
WWE WrestleMania X-Seven
April 1, 2001
Houston, Texas Reliant Astrodome 67,925 The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship [16]
WWE WrestleMania 35
April 7, 2019
East Rutherford, New Jersey MetLife Stadium 68,000–70,000[17] Ronda Rousey (c - Raw) vs. Charlotte Flair (c - SD) vs. Becky Lynch in a winner takes all triple threat match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship and the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship [18]
WWE WrestleMania 31
March 29, 2015
Santa Clara, California Levi's Stadium 67,000[19] Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship [20]
WWE WrestleMania 33
April 2, 2017
Orlando, Florida Camping World Stadium 64,900[21][22][23] Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match [24]
WWE WrestleMania XXX
April 6, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome 60,000-65,000[25] Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship [26]
WWF WrestleMania VIII
April 5, 1992
Indianapolis, Indiana Hoosier Dome 62,167 Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice [27]
WWF Royal Rumble
January 19, 1997
San Antonio, Texas Alamodome 60,447 Sycho Sid (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship [28]
WWE WrestleMania XIX
March 30, 2003
Seattle, Washington Safeco Field 54,097 Kurt Angle (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship [29]
WWE Royal Rumble
January 29, 2017
San Antonio, Texas Alamodome 52,050 30-man Royal Rumble match [30]
WWF WWF at the Ohio State Fair
August 13, 1985
Columbus, Ohio Ohio State Fairgrounds 50,000 Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Big John Studd for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship [31]
WWE WWE Tribute to the Troops
December 11, 2010
Fort Hood, Texas Fort Hood 50,000 John Cena, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, and The Miz [32]
WWE Royal Rumble
January 27, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field 48,193 30-man Royal Rumble match [33]
WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 147)
July 6, 1998
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 41,412 Hollywood Hogan (c) vs. Bill Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [34][35]
AWA Ed Don George vs. Danno O'Mahoney
July 30, 1935
Boston, Massachusetts Braves Field 40,000 Ed Don George (AWA) vs. Danno O'Mahoney (WC) in a unification match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship and World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [36][37]
WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 173)
January 4, 1999
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 38,809 Hollywood Hogan vs. Kevin Nash for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [34][38]

Historical[edit]

Top 10 most-attended shows prior to the 1900s
No. Promoter Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1.
Ernest Roeber vs. Yussuf the Terrible Turk
March 26, 1898
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 10,000 Ernest Roeber vs. Yussuf the Terrible Turk [39][40]
2.
Ernest Roeber vs. Tom Jenkins
July 4, 1899
Cleveland, Ohio League Park 7,000 Ernest Roeber vs. Tom Jenkins [39][41][42]
3.
Evan "Strangler" Lewis vs. Yussuf the Terrible Turk
June 20, 1898
Chicago, Illinois Tattersall's 6,000+[Note 1] Evan "Strangler" Lewis vs. Yussuf the Terrible Turk in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Catch-as-Catch-Can Championship [39][43]
4.
James H. McLaughlin vs. James Owens
December 27, 1876
Boston, Massachusetts Music Hall 4,000 James H. McLaughlin (c) vs. James Owens for the American Collar & Elbow Championship [44][45]
William Muldoon vs. Theobaud Bauer
January 19, 1880
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden William Muldoon vs. Theobaud Bauer in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [46][47]
Ernest Roeber vs. Yussuf the Terrible Turk
April 30, 1898
New York City, New York Metropolitan Riding Academy Ernest Roeber vs. Yussuf the Terrible Turk [48][49]
5.
William Miller vs. Andre Christol
November 9, 1875
New York City, New York Grand Opera House 3,000 William Miller vs. Andre Christol [50]
Dennis Gallagher vs. Hugh Leonard
April 21, 1890
Buffalo, New York Music Hall Dennis Gallagher vs. Hugh Leonard in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [51]
Farmer Burns vs. Tom Jenkins
January 25, 1898
Cleveland, Ohio Star Theater Farmer Burns vs. Tom Jenkins in a Best 3-out-of-5 Falls match
6.
John McMahon vs. Prof. William Miller
May 12, 1879
New York City, New York Gilmore's Garden 2,000 John McMahon vs. Prof. William Miller in a Catch-as-Catch-Can match
William Muldoon vs. Prof. William Miller
March 23, 1880
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden William Muldoon vs. Prof. William Miller [52]
William Muldoon vs. Clarence Whistler
January 26, 1881
New York City, New York Terrace Garden Theater William Muldoon vs. Clarence Whistler in a Graeco-Roman match [53]
7.
William Muldoon vs. Carl Abs
May 18, 1885
New York City, New York Irving Hall 1,600 William Muldoon vs. Carl Abs for the World Graeco-Roman Heavyweight Championship
8.
Farmer Burns vs. Dan McLeod
October 26, 1897
Indianapolis, Indiana Grand Opera House 1,500 Farmer Burns (c) vs. Dan McLeod for the American Mixed-Style Heavyweight Championship [54]
9.
Prof. William Miller vs. Theobald Bauer
February 27, 1880
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Horticultural Hall 1,100 Prof. William Miller vs. Theobald Bauer in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match
10.
Prof. William Miller vs. Andre Christol
June 15, 1877
New York City, New York Terrace Garden Theater 1,000 Prof. William Miller vs. Andre Christol
Jimmy Faulkner vs. Hugh Leonard
February 21, 1890
Buffalo, New York Music Hall Jimmy Faulkner vs. Hugh Leonard in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [55]
Farmer Burns vs. W.L. Malone
December 29, 1896
Chicago, Illinois Madison Street Natorium Farmer Burns vs. W.L. Malone in a Best 3-out-of-5 Falls match [56]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1900s
No. Promoter Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1.
Bech Olsen vs. Ernest Roeber
March 21, 1900
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 12,000 Ernest Roeber (c-AC) vs. Bech Olsen (c-WC) in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match in a Champion vs. Champion match for the American Graeco-Roman Heavyweight Championship and the World Graeco-Roman Heavyweight Championship [57]
2.
Frank Gotch vs. Raoul de Rouen
March 25, 1909
Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall 11,000 Frank Gotch (c) vs. Raoul de Rouen in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [58]
3.
Frank Gotch vs. Yussiff Mahmout
April 14, 1909
Chicago, Illinois Dexter Park Pavilion 10,000 Frank Gotch (c) vs. Yussiff Mahmout in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [59]
Frank Gotch vs. Giovanni Raicevich
November 9, 1909
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum Frank Gotch (c) vs. Giovanni Raicevich in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [59]
4.
Tom Jenkins vs. Ernest Roeber
April 8, 1901
East St. Louis, Missouri Exhibition Coliseum 8,000 Tom Jenkins vs. Ernest Roeber in a "mixed styles" Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [60]
Rudy Santell vs. Harry Lescher
August 31, 1904
Trenton, New Jersey Mercer Pleasure Park Rudy Santell vs. Harry Lescher [61]
Fred Beell vs. Frank Gotch
December 17, 1906
Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall Fred Beell (c) vs. Frank Gotch in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the American Heavyweight Championship [62]
W.W. Wittig George Hackenschmidt vs. Frank Gotch
April 3, 1908
Chicago, Illinois Dexter Park Pavilion George Hackenschmidt (c) vs. Frank Gotch for the American Mixed-Style (Freestyle) Heavyweight Championship [63]
5.
Raoul de Rouen vs. Yussiff Mahmout
January 19, 1909
Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall 7,000 Raoul de Rouen vs. Yussiff Mahmout in a Handicap match [59]
6.
George Bothner vs. Katsuguma Higashi
April 6, 1905
New York City, New York Grand Central Palace 6,000 George Bothner vs. Katsuguma Higashi in a Wrestler vs. Jujutsuka match [64]
Tom Jenkins vs. Frank Gotch
May 23, 1906
Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall Tom Jenkins (c) vs. Frank Gotch in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the American Heavyweight Championship [65]
7.
Frank Gotch vs. Dr. B. F. Roller
April 27, 1909
Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall 5,500 Frank Gotch (c) vs. Dr. B. F. Roller in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship [66]
8.
Ernest Roeber vs. Paul Pons
February 6, 1901
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 5,000 Ernest Roeber vs. Paul Pons [67]
Tom Jenkins vs. Dan McLeod
November 7, 1901
Cleveland, Ohio Central Armory Tom Jenkins vs. Dan McLeod for the American Heavyweight Championship [68]
John Piening vs. Harald Egeberg
January 18, 1905
New York City, New York Grand Central Palace John Piening vs. Harald Egeberg [64]
John Rooney vs. Tom Sharkey
April 26, 1906
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum John Rooney vs. Tom Sharkey in a Handicap match [69]
Frank Gotch vs. John Rooney
March 14, 1907
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum Frank Gotch (c) vs. John Rooney in a Best 2 out of 3 Falls match for the American Heavyweight Championship [70]
Frank Gotch vs. Jess Reimer
May 3, 1909
Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines Auditorium Frank Gotch (c) vs. Jess Reimer in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship with special referee Dr. B. F. Roller [71]
9.
Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Leo Pardello
November 29, 1909
Chicago, Illinois Riverside Rink 4,500 Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Leo Pardello in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [59]
10.
Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Tom Winkelhoefer, John Eberly and Leon Dumont
November 19, 1909
Chicago, Illinois Dexter Park Pavilion 4,100 Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Tom Winkelhoefer, John Eberly and Leon Dumont in a 3 on 1 Handicap match [59]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1910s
No. Promoter Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1.
Frank Gotch vs. George Hackenschmidt
September 4, 1911
Chicago, Illinois Comiskey Park 30,000 Frank Gotch (c) vs. George Hackenschmidt in a Best 2 out of 3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship [72]
2.
Ed Lewis vs. Joe Stecher
July 4, 1916
Omaha, Nebraska Gene Melady Stadium 18,000 Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Joe Stecher [73]
3.
Frank Gotch vs. Georg Lurich
April 1, 1913
Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall 14,000 Frank Gotch (c) vs. Georg Lurich in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [74]
4.
Ad Santel vs. Joe Stecher
February 22, 1917
San Francisco, California Civic Auditorium 12,000 Ad Santel (PC) vs. Joe Stecher (WC) in a Champion vs. Champion Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship and World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [75]
5.
Frank Gotch vs. Stanislaus Zbyszko
June 1, 1910
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum 10,000 Frank Gotch (c) vs. Stanislaus Zbyszko in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship [76]
Frank Gotch vs. Leo Pardello
May 1, 1917
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum Frank Gotch vs. Leo Pardello [77]
Wladek Zbyszko vs. John Olin
January 29, 1918
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Wladek Zbyszko (c) vs. John Olin for the American Heavyweight Championship [78]
Jack Curley Joe Stecher vs. Wladek Zbyszko
December 8, 1919
New York City, New York 71st Regiment Armory Joe Stecher (c) vs. Wladek Zbyszko for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [79]
6.
Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Yussiff Mahmout
February 14, 1910
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum 8,000 Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Yussiff Mahmout [80]
Joe Stecher vs. Charley Peters
February 9, 1917
Omaha, Nebraska Civic Auditorium Joe Stecher vs. Charley Peters [81]
7.
Ed Lewis vs. Ad Santel
December 12, 1916
San Francisco, California Civic Auditorium 7,500 Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Ad Santel [82]
8.
John Olin vs. Ed Lewis
May 2, 1917
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum 7,000 John Olin (c) vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis for the World Heavyweight Championship [83]
9.
Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Constant Le Marin
April 23, 1913
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum 6,500 Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Constant Le Marin in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [84]
10.
Chris Jordan vs. Mike Yokel
October 27, 1913
Salt Lake City, Utah Auditorium 6,000 Chris Jordan (c) vs. Mike Yokel in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Middleweight Championship [85]
Samuel Rachmann International Graeco-Roman Wrestling Tournament (Day 1)
May 19, 1915
New York City, New York Manhattan Opera House 50-man tournament [86]
Wladek Zbyszko vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis
April 28, 1919
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Coliseum Wladek Zbyszko vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis [87]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1920s
No. Promoter Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. Aurelio Fabiani Dick Shikat vs. Jim Londos
August 23, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Municipal Stadium 30,000 Dick Shikat vs. Jim Londos for the New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Championship [88]
2. Paul Bowser Gus Sonnenberg vs. Ed Lewis
July 9, 1929
Boston, Massachusetts Fenway Park 25,000 Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [89]
3. Paul Bowser Ed Lewis vs. Gus Sonnenberg
January 4, 1929
Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden 20,000 Ed "Strangler" Lewis (c) vs. Gus Sonnenberg for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [89]
4. Paul Bowser Gus Sonnenberg vs. Joe Malcewicz
March 15, 1929
Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden 18,000 Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs. Joe Malcewicz in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [89]
5. Tom Packs Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Joe Stecher
May 30, 1925
St. Louis, Missouri University Stadium 13,500 Stanislaus Zbyszko (c) vs. Joe Stecher in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [90]
6. William Wellman Stanislaus Zbyszko vs. Earl Caddock
February 6, 1922
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 12,000 Stanislaus Zbyszko (c) vs. Earl Caddock in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship [91]
Wayne Munn vs. Stanislaus Zbyszko
February 11, 1925
Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall Wayne Munn (c) vs. Stanislaus Zbyszko in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship [92]
Floyd Fltzsimmons Ed Lewis vs. Wayne Munn
May 30, 1925
Michigan City, Indiana Sky Blue Arena Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Wayne Munn in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [93]
Tom Packs Joe Stecher vs. Jim Londos
February 10, 1926
St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Coliseum Joe Stecher (c) vs. Jim Londos in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship [94]
Ray Fabiani Joe Stecher vs. George Calza
August 2, 1927
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Baker Bowl Joe Stecher (c) vs. George Calza for the World Heavyweight Championship [95]
Paul Bowser Ed Lewis vs. Gus Sonnenberg
June 29, 1928
Boston, Massachusetts Boston Arena Ed "Strangler" Lewis (c) vs. Gus Sonnenberg for the World Heavyweight Championship [96]
7. Jack Curley Ed Lewis vs. Earl Caddock
March 15, 1920
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 11,000 Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Earl Caddock [97]
Lou Daro Gus Sonnenberg vs. Ed Lewis
October 23, 1929
Los Angeles, California Grand Olympic Auditorium Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [98]
Lou Daro Gus Sonnenberg vs. Ed Lewis
November 13, 1929
Los Angeles, California Grand Olympic Auditorium Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [99]
8. Lou Daro Gus Sonnenberg vs. Joe Malcewicz
July 24, 1929
Los Angeles, California Grand Olympic Auditorium 10,700 Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs. Joe Malcewicz in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [100]
9.
Ed Lewis vs. Wayne Munn
January 3, 1927
Chicago, Illinois 10,500 Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Wayne Munn in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [101]
10. Lou Daro Gus Sonnenberg vs. Joe Stecher
April 7, 1926
Los Angeles, California Grand Olympic Auditorium 10,400 Joe Stecher (c) vs. George Kotsonaros for the World Heavyweight Championship [100]
Lou Daro Gus Sonnenberg vs. Joe Stecher
September 18, 1929
Los Angeles, California Grand Olympic Auditorium Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs. Joe Stecher in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [96]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1930s
No. Promoter Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. Paul Bowser Ed Don George vs. Danno O'Mahoney
July 30, 1935
Boston, Massachusetts Braves Field 40,000 Ed Don George (AWA) vs. Danno O'Mahoney (WC) in a unification match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship and World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [34]
2. Lou Daro Jim Londos vs. Man Mountain Dean
October 10, 1934
Los Angeles, California Grand Olympic Auditorium 38,756 Jim Londos (c) vs. Man Mountain Dean in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship (Los Angeles-Version) [102]
3. Ed White Jim Londos vs. Ed Lewis
September 20, 1934
Chicago, Illinois Wrigley Field 35,265 Jim Londos (c) vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis for the World Heavyweight Championship [103]
4. Paul Bowser Henri Deglane vs. Gus Sonnenberg
July 30, 1931
Boston, Massachusetts Braves Field 30,000 Henri Deglane (c) vs. Gus Sonnenberg in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [104]
Paul Bowser Ed Don George vs. Danno O'Mahoney
July 18, 1934
Boston, Massachusetts Fenway Park Ed Don George (AWA) vs. Danno O'Mahoney (WC) in a unification match for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship and World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [105]
Paul Bowser Jim Londos vs. Danno O'Mahoney
June 27, 1935
Boston, Massachusetts Fenway Park Jim Londos vs. Danno O'Mahoney for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship [106]
5. Jack Curley Ed Lewis vs. Dick Shikat
June 9, 1932
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Bowl 25,000 Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Dick Shikat [107]
Jack Curley Jim Browning vs. Jim Londos
June 25, 1934
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Bowl Jim Browning (c) vs. Jim Londos for the NYSAC World Heavyweight Championship [107]
6. Jack Curley Jim Londos vs. Jim McMillen
January 26, 1931
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 22,200 Jim Londos (c) vs. Jim McMillen for the NYSAC World Heavyweight Championship [108]
7. Paul Bowser Jim Browning vs. Stanley Sitkowski
June 29, 1932
Boston, Massachusetts Braves Field 22,197 Jim Browning vs. Stanley Sitkowski
8. Jack Curley Jim Londos vs. Ferenc Holuban
December 29, 1930
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 22,000 Jim Londos (c) vs. Ferenc Holuban for the NYSAC World Heavyweight Championship [109]
Paul Bowser Henri Deglane vs. Gus Sonnenberg
January 13, 1933
Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden Henri Deglane (c) vs. Gus Sonnenberg for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [110]
9. Jack Curley Jim Londos vs. Ray Steele
June 29, 1931
New York City, New York Yankee Stadium 21,000 Jim Londos (c) vs. Ray Steele for the NYSAC World Heavyweight Championship [107]
Jim McMillen vs. Ruffy Silverstein
November 16, 1937
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium Jim McMillen (c) vs. Ruffy Silverstein for the Illinois Heavyweight Championship [111]
10.
Jim Londos vs. Joe Savoldi
January 31, 1934
Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium 20,200 Jim Londos (c) vs. Joe Savoldi for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [112]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1940s
No. Promotion Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. MBA Antonino Rocca vs. Gene Stanlee
December 12, 1949
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 17,854 Antonino Rocca vs. Gene Stanlee [113]
2. TPSE Bill Longson vs. Buddy Rogers
April 12, 1946
St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium 17,621 Bill Longson (c) vs. Buddy Rogers for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [114]
3. TPSE Bill Longson vs. Lou Thesz
January 23, 1947
St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena 15,180 Bill Longson (c) vs. Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [115]
4. GLAC Maurice Tillet vs. Wladyslaw Talun
May 25, 1942
Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 14,220 Maurice Tillet vs. Wladyslaw Talun [116]
5. TPSE Bill Longson vs. Wladyslaw Talun
January 26, 1945
St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium 13,879 Bill Longson vs. Wladyslaw Talun [117]
6. TPSE Bill Longson vs. Wladyslaw Talun
February 23, 1945
St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium 13,807 Bill Longson (c) vs. Wladyslaw Talun for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [118]
7. TPSE Bill Longson vs. Whipper Billy Watson
May 5, 1944
St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium 13,471 Bill Longson (c) vs. Whipper Billy Watson for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [118]
8. GLAC Maurice Tillet vs. Joe Cox
January 23, 1942
Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 13,046 Maurice Tillet (c) vs. Joe Cox for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship [119]
9. TPSE Bill Longson vs. Ed Lewis
April 8, 1942
St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium 12,986 Bill Longson (c) vs. Ed "Strangler" Lewis for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [118]
10. TPSE Bill Longson vs. Sandor Szabo
February 25, 1944
St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium 12,886 Bill Longson (c) vs. Sandor Szabo for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [118]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1950s
No. Promotion Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. JDE Lou Thesz vs. Baron Michele Leone
May 21, 1952
Los Angeles, California Gilmore Baseball Park 25,256 Lou Thesz (c) vs. Baron Michele Leone in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [120]
2. JPP Argentina Rocca vs. Mighty Zuma
November 13, 1959
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 21,890 Argentina Rocca vs. Mighty Zuma [121]
3. KKBO Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. The Golden Grahams
January 26, 1959
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 21,240 Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez defeated The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham and Eddie Graham) in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [121]
4. CWC Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. Sheik of Araby and Bull Curry
October 20, 1958
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,793 Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. Sheik of Araby and Bull Curry [122]
5. CWC Édouard Carpentier vs. Killer Kowalski
November 2, 1957
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,675 Édouard Carpentier vs. Killer Kowalski [123]
6. CWC Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. The Golden Grahams
December 1, 1958
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,350 Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez defeated The Golden Grahams (Dr. Jerry Graham and Eddie Graham) in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [122]
7. CWC Antonino Rocca & Miguel Pérez vs. The Hamilton Brothers
May 24, 1958
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,335 Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. The Hamilton Brothers (Joe Hamilton and Larry Hamilton) [122]
8. CWC Antonino Rocca & Miguel Pérez vs. The Fabulous Kangaroos
August 30, 1958
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,179 Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. The Fabulous Kangaroos (Roy Heffernan and Al Costello) in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [122]
9. CWC Antonino Rocca & Miguel Pérez vs. The Fabulous Kangaroos
August 9, 1958
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,169 Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. The Fabulous Kangaroos (Roy Heffernan and Al Costello) in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [122]
10. MWE Antonino Rocca & Miguel Pérez vs. Jackie Fargo & Don Stevens
March 30, 1957
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,125 Antonino Rocca and Miguel Pérez vs. Jackie Fargo and Don Stevens [124]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1960s
No. Promotion Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. FKE / CWC Pat O'Connor vs. Buddy Rogers
June 30, 1961
Chicago, Illinois Comiskey Park 38,000 Pat O'Connor (c) vs. Buddy Rogers in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [125]
2. FKE Pat O'Connor vs. Yukon Eric
July 29, 1960
Chicago, Illinois Comiskey Park 30,275 Pat O'Connor (c) vs. Yukon Eric in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [126][127]
3. FKE Killer Kowalski vs. Bearcat Wright
September 16, 1960
Chicago, Illinois Comiskey Park 26,731 Killer Kowalski vs. Bearcat Wright in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [126]
4. KKBO Argentina Rocca vs. Mighty Zuma
January 2, 1960
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 21,950 Argentina Rocca vs. Mighty Zuma [128]
5. CWC Buddy Rogers vs. Bobo Brazil
July 17, 1962
Washington, D.C. D.C. Stadium 20,959 Buddy Rogers vs. Bobo Brazil in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [129]
6. CWC Buddy Rogers & Bob Orton vs. Johnny Valentine & Bearcat Wright
January 22, 1962
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,777 Buddy Rogers and Bob Orton vs. Johnny Valentine and Bearcat Wright in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [130]
7. CWC Buddy Rogers & Bob Orton vs. Johnny Valentine & Vittorio Apollo
May 26, 1961
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,702 Buddy Rogers and Bob Orton vs. Johnny Valentine and Vittorio Apollo [131]
8. CWC Antonino Rocca and Johnny Valentine vs. The Fabulous Kangaroos
February 27, 1961
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,400 Antonino Rocca and Johnny Valentine vs. The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) [132]
9. CWC Buddy Rogers vs. Antonino Rocca
November 13, 1961
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 20,353 Buddy Rogers (c) vs. Antonino Rocca in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [131]
10. FKE Buddy Rogers vs. Pat O'Connor
September 1, 1961
Chicago, Illinois Comiskey Park 20,015 Buddy Rogers (c) vs. Pat O'Connor in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [125]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1970s
No. Promotion Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. WWWF Showdown at Shea
June 25, 1976
New York City, New York Shea Stadium 32,000 Antonio Inoki vs. Muhammad Ali fought in a Boxer vs. Wrestler match [133]
2. NWA-TS Superdome Extravaganza
July 22, 1978
New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome 31,000 Ray Candy vs. Ernie Ladd in a Steel Cage match [127]
3. BTW Parade of Champions
June 24, 1972
Irving, Texas Texas Stadium 26,339 Dory Funk Jr. (c) vs. Fritz Von Erich for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [134]
4. WWWF Billy Graham vs. Bruno Sammartino
June 27, 1977
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 26,090 Superstar Billy Graham (c) vs. Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship [135]
5. WWWF Bob Backlund vs. Ivan Koloff
August 28, 1978
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 26,000 Bob Backlund (c) vs. Ivan Koloff for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship [135]
6. NWA-HW Fred Blassie vs. John Tolos
August 27, 1971
Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 25,847 Fred Blassie vs. John Tolos in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match [136]
7. WWWF Superstar Billy Graham vs. Dusty Rhodes
September 26, 1977
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 25,102 Superstar Billy Graham (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship [135]
8. WWWF Bruno Sammartino vs. Waldo Von Erich
May 19, 1975
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 24,553 Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. Waldo Von Erich for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship [137]
9. WWWF Showdown at Shea
September 30, 1972
Flushing, New York Shea Stadium 22,508 Pedro Morales (c) vs. Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship [138]
10. WWWF Superstar Billy Graham vs. Bob Backlund
February 20, 1978
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 22,092 Superstar Billy Graham (c) vs. Bob Backlund for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship [135]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1980s
No. Promotion Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. WWF WrestleMania III
March 29, 1987
Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome 93,173 Hulk Hogan (c) vs. André the Giant for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship [7]
2. WWF WWF at the Ohio State Fair
August 13, 1985
Columbus, Ohio Ohio State Fairgrounds 50,000 Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Big John Studd for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship [139]
3. WWF Showdown at Shea
August 9, 1980
New York City, New York Shea Stadium 36,295 Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko in a Steel Cage match [140]
4. WCCW David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions
May 6, 1984
Irving, Texas Texas Stadium 32,132 Ric Flair (c) vs. Kerry Von Erich for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [103]
5. WCCW Cotton Bowl Extravaganza '85
October 6, 1985
Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl 30,214 Kerry and Kevin Von Erich vs. The Dynamic Duo (Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez) in a Hair vs. Hair match [141]
6. WWF WWF at the Michigan State Fair
August 28, 1985
Detroit, Michigan Michigan State Fairgrounds 30,000 Hulk Hogan (c-WC) vs. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (c-TTC) in a Champion vs. Champion match for the WWF World Tag Team Championship and WWF World Heavyweight Championship [142]
7. MSW Superdome Extravaganza
August 2, 1980
New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome 28,000 Junkyard Dog vs. Michael Hayes in a Steel Cage Dog Collar match [143]
8. WWF WWF on MSG Network
July 30, 1983
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 27,000 Bob Backlund (c) vs. George "The Animal" Steele for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship [144]
JCP Great American Bash
July 6, 1985
Charlotte, North Carolina American Legion Memorial Stadium Ric Flair (c) vs. Nikita Koloff for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with David Crockett as special referee [145]
9. WWF WWF on MSG Network
January 23, 1984
New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 26,292 André the Giant and The Soul Patrol (Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas) vs. The Wild Samoans (Afa, Sika and Samula) [144]
10. WCCW 2nd Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions
May 5, 1985
Irving, Texas Texas Stadium 26,153 Ric Flair (c) vs. Kevin Von Erich for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship [146]
Top 10 most-attended shows in the 1990s
No. Promotion Event Location Venue Attendance Main Event(s)
1. WWF WrestleMania VIII
April 5, 1992
Indianapolis, Indiana Hoosier Dome 62,167 Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice [27]
2. WWF Royal Rumble
January 19, 1997
San Antonio, Texas Alamodome 60,447 Sycho Sid (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship [28]
3. WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 147)
July 6, 1998
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 41,412 Hollywood Hogan (c) vs. Bill Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [147]
4. WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 173)
January 4, 1999
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 38,809 Hollywood Hogan (c) vs. Kevin Nash for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [148]
5. WWF WWF Raw is War (Ep. 333)
October 11, 1999
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 33,375 Val Venis and The British Bulldog vs. The Rock 'n' Sock Connection (The Rock and Mankind) [149]
6. WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 169)
December 7, 1998
Houston, Texas Reliant Astrodome 32,067 Bill Goldberg (c) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [150]
7. WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 171)
December 21, 1998
St. Louis, Missouri Trans World Dome 29,000 Bill Goldberg (c) vs. Scott Hall for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [150]
8. WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 121)
January 5, 1998
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 26,773 Lex Luger vs. Randy Savage [150]
9. WCW WCW Monday Nitro (Ep. 198)
July 5, 1999
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome 25,338 Kevin Nash (c) vs. Sid Vicious for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship [148]
10. WWF SummerSlam
August 30, 1993
Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace 23,954 Yokozuna (c) vs. Lex Luger for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship [151]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The exact attendance figure is unknown. There are different reports on the attendance of the event with numbers ranging from 6,000 to 10,000.

References[edit]

General

  • Cornette, Jim (October 2018). "The Biggest Attractions In Wrestling History". Fighting Spirit Magazine. No. 163. United Kingdom: Uncooked Media.
  • Freedman, Lew (2018). "Attendance at Wrestling Matches". Pro Wrestling: A Comprehensive Reference Guide. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, LLC. ISBN 978-1-4408-5350-0.

Specific

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