What’s the story? WWE Superstar Randy Orton claimed the Super Bowl doesn’t compare to WrestleMania, in an interview with Carol Maloney of NBC 4 Sports in Washington, D.C.
In the Washington Auto Show's 75 year histoy, organizers have never seen crowds line up like they did on Thursday Night. Fans flocked to the Convention Center to meet WWE Superstar Randy Orton.
The interview came from the Washington Auto Show, where Orton was interviewed about his Royal Rumble victory, his personality in and out of the ring, as well as how WrestleMania and the Super Bowl compare, to which Orton responded with the following.“
WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of wrestling. Winning the Royal Rumble is getting into the Super Bowl of wrestling. Screw the Super Bowl, we’re talking about WrestleMania. Super Bowl ain’t got s**t on WrestleMania!”
— Carol Maloney (@carolmaloney4) February 3, 2017
In case you didn’t know…Orton won the 2017 edition of the Royal Rumble in front of 50,000 people at the Alamodome to make himself a two-time winner. The only men to have won the match twice are John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Hulk Hogan, and Triple H.
Stone Cold won it twice in 1997 and 1998 but would win again in 2001 to break the Royal Rumble victory record at three wins.This year will mark the 51st Super Bowl and the 33rd WrestleMania.
The Super Bowl will take place tonight at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, with a seating capacity of over 71, 000. WrestleMania 33 will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, with a previous attendance record of 74,635 from WrestleMania 24 in 2008.
The heart of the matter
The statistics of both shows indicate that both programs have strengths and weaknesses over the other. WrestleMania tends to have an advantage in live attendance with The Grandest Stage of Them All having larger attendances than the Super Bowl in most years, except WrestleMania 30.
On the other hand, the Super Bowl beats WrestleMania in overall viewership with more than 100 million people watching the big game every year, while ‘Mania averages a little more than 1 million viewers each year.
While the Super Bowl will be taking place in a few hours, WrestleMania won’t happen for a few more months.
The Super Bowl has taken place in NRG Stadium in previous years so it’s track record for live attendance and viewership indicates that it has the potential to break records again, but only in terms of viewership.