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Successful WrestleMania bodes well for Super Bowl power supply


The folks at World Wrestling Entertainment would like the NFL to know not to be worried about another Super Bowl power outage next year.

WrestleMania XXIX took place on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, which will also host Super Bowl XLVIII next year. And because everything went smoothly on the electricity front for WrestleMania, the NFL can probably feel confident that there won’t be a repeat of the Superdome blackout.

Frankly, our event is bigger than the Super Bowl,” WWE executive vice president of television production Kevin Dunn told “I’m very confident that when you go to a WrestleMania, you will see a bigger show than the Super Bowl.”

Dunn (who attended the Super Bowl at the Superdome) noted that WrestleMania taxes the stadium’s power supply with stunts like turning out all the lights at MetLife Stadium for The Undertaker’s entrance, then lighting the stadium up for his match. And John Cena, who defeated The Rock to win the WWE championship in the main event, said afterward that MetLife stadium accommodated all of the WWE’s needs.

“After seeing how we transformed this place to look nothing like a football stadium on game day, you guys are just fine for the Super Bowl,” Cena said. “If you could accommodate what we’ve done out there, [MetLife] will be just fine.”

If the WWE champion says it, you can take it to the bank.

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33 Responses to “Successful WrestleMania bodes well for Super Bowl power supply”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 10, 2013 5:12 PM

    I heard it was one of the worst wrestlemania ever is that true???

  2. Helper Sports says: Apr 10, 2013 5:14 PM

    It’s not power I’d worry about, it’s weather.

  3. hornbuckle says: Apr 10, 2013 5:15 PM

    Is Mick Foley part of the concussion lawsuit?

  4. southpaw77 says: Apr 10, 2013 5:16 PM

    Then Wrestlemania takes it show to New Orleans next year. How ironic.

  5. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Apr 10, 2013 5:17 PM

    Ironically enough, next year’s Wrestlemania is at the Superdome in New Orleans.

    So maybe the NFL doesn’t have to worry about the power going out during their biggest yearly event, while WWE does.

  6. gtskyrider says: Apr 10, 2013 5:17 PM

    WWE is starting to suck again…Cena beating Rock was the final straw for me!

  7. hornbuckle says: Apr 10, 2013 5:17 PM

    Is Mick Foley part of the concussion lawsuit??

  8. DonRSD says: Apr 10, 2013 5:23 PM


  9. nygiantstones says: Apr 10, 2013 5:25 PM

    oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh yyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

  10. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 10, 2013 5:29 PM

    I wonder what happened to HulkHoganSays? #Brother

  11. bookofelisha says: Apr 10, 2013 5:30 PM

    bec people can afford your tickets

  12. 8man says: Apr 10, 2013 5:36 PM

    The fact that the WWE pulled off an outdoor event at MetLife Stadium without a hitch, while the NFL delayed the Super Bowl for 34 minutes says it all.

    The NFL could learn a thing or two from the WWE in regards to event preparation.

    Thirty four minutes? Really? And they are considering going back? Fools!

  13. jimmylions says: Apr 10, 2013 5:52 PM

    I think the WWE (then WWF) Wrestlemania event in the Pontiac Silverdome still holds the record for the largest crowd to attend an indoor event.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 10, 2013 5:56 PM

    Wrestlemania had a power outage too.

    But it was staged.

  15. radiofriendly420 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:04 PM

    I wonder if any wrestlers would have made good NFL players? The Giant, for example. Solid LT?

  16. SilentMajority says: Apr 10, 2013 6:17 PM

    The WWF is the most successful reality show of all-time…

  17. maxbelmont says: Apr 10, 2013 6:23 PM

    I think the last wrestler to try the NFL was Brock Lesner and it didn’t go so well, but there are plenty of NFL players that went into pro wrestling. A short list includes Ernie Ladd, Wahoo McDaniel, Manny Fernandez, JBL, Bill Goldberg to name a few.

  18. sb50 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:25 PM

    “Frankly, our event is bigger than the Super Bowl”

    Isn’t the Super Bowl the most watched annual sporting event in the world?

  19. ravenator says: Apr 10, 2013 6:34 PM

    People still watch that? Weird.

  20. smartstickhotness says: Apr 10, 2013 6:43 PM

    Wrestlemania didn’t have to stage an outage due to losing ratings in a blowout though. Anything could still happen

  21. jason49er says: Apr 10, 2013 6:50 PM

    The Giant in his WCW days, maybe. But he got fat as all hell as he got older. He could still wreak havoc on the field goal block team though I bet.

  22. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 10, 2013 6:50 PM

    Superbowl probably has more television viewers but they had over 80,000 ppl in Met life Stadium without any issues. The main point is that WWE has so many more electronics than the Superbowl, so no delay next year for NFL fans. not sure the same goes for WWE fans, Superdome

  23. kd75 says: Apr 10, 2013 6:53 PM

    I’m sure the Super Bowl will be fine from an electricity standpoint. But in which parallel universe is turning off all the lights more taxing to the power supply?

  24. notdemfalcons says: Apr 10, 2013 7:07 PM

    unless the lines are down due to a blizzard …

  25. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:17 PM

    Can someone please explain to me the reason the WWE has a “world heavyweight champion” AND a WWE champion?
    I watched Bruno Sammartino’s WWE Hall of Fame induction speech Tuesday night, and after spending 25 of his 78 years in the ring, his greatest memories are of Madison Square Garden.
    That struck me as odd.

  26. randysavagesays says: Apr 10, 2013 7:20 PM

    This Wrestlemania was nothing compared to the 4th where I elbow smashed the Million Dollar Man for my first WWF title.

    Oh Yeeeeaahhh! Dig it!

  27. hasselbeck8 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:59 PM

    Wonder how the power will hold up during a blizzard.

  28. s dirge says: Apr 10, 2013 8:25 PM

    Yaah! Lets go!

  29. sportsnut101 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:43 PM

    I was there live Wrestlemania was great for my first time it was packed. Undertaker match was best Ryback vs Henry sucked out of all the matches 2 big guys together was bad idea

    I was expecting more though

  30. jimw81 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:11 PM

    it was so bad they had to make up for it on raw with ziggler cashing in his money in the bank. I think this was the perfect event for nfl to test out the power for metlife stadium. i wonder what they are going to do if the super bowl is played in a blizzard.

  31. revskip says: Apr 11, 2013 1:33 AM

    Chances are good that the power will not go out in NYC. Chances are even better that the levies won’t break.

    NYC > NO

    As for all the blizzard talk, probably won’t happen. Average snowfall in NY/NJ for the entire month of February is less than 8 inches over the past couple of decades. If by some chance there is a blizzard then the NFL has really terrible luck.

  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 11, 2013 3:18 PM

    Just don’t bring back Beyonce for the halftime show and everything will be fine.

  33. deltaoracle says: Apr 11, 2013 4:07 PM

    The NFL will have to worry about frostbite, but probably not about burns from dry ice like the rasslers.

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