2004 News

More Than 20,000 Attend WrestleMania® XX As World Wrestling Entertainment® Triumphantly ReturnsTo Madison Square Garden
Mar 14, 2004
STAMFORD, Conn., March 14, 2004 – More than 20,000 people chanted wildly for their favorite Superstars, were filled with emotion from the Boys Choir of Harlem, and raised the roof at the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden, to celebrate 20 years of WrestleMania. Madison Square Garden was the birthplace of WrestleMania in 1985 and also was the site for WrestleMania X.

WrestleMania XX tonight grossed more than $2.4 million in ticket sales, making the Pay-Per-View the highest grossing live event ever for WWE at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

More than 20,000 frenzied fans at Madison Square Garden -- from 16 countries, 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – and thousands more watching the televised event from 90 countries worldwide, were treated to an emotional, action-packed evening. The Boys Choir of Harlem sang America the Beautiful, WWE RAW Superstar Chris Benoit was crowned as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion after an intensely fought triple-threat match against Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and WWE SmackDown! Superstar Eddie Guerrero successfully defended his WWE Championship against former 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle. Long-time fan favorite, Undertaker, shook the Garden to its foundation when he returned as the original “Deadman” and extended his unbeaten streak at WrestleMania to 12 wins in an impressive victory over his brother, WWE RAW Superstar Kane. Donald Trump verbally jousted with former Minnesota Gov. and newly elected WWE Hall of Famer Jesse Ventura, and Pete Rose, also a new celebrity member of the WWE Hall of Fame, made his fourth WrestleMania appearance. (For photos go to wireimage.com)

"WrestleMania XX has been a fabulous event, and we want to thank our fans here in New York City and from around the world for making WrestleMania weekend so memorable," said Linda McMahon, WWE CEO. "This will go down in history as one of the greatest WrestleManias, and it wouldn't be so without the passionate support of our fans and our tremendously talented roster of Superstars."

The previous top grossing event for WWE at the Garden was the Survivor Series® live event on November 17, 2002, with a ticket gross of $1.25 million.

An additional 2,900 people attended the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday Night, and the traditional Bacon, Bagels & Biceps Brunch on Sunday morning. Both events, held in the NY Hilton Hotel's Grand Ballroom, generated an additional $365,000.00 in ticket sales revenue.

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