LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2005--World Wrestling Entertainment(R) reported that it drew a record attendance of 20,193 people from 14 countries and 48 states to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for its annual live event and Pay-Per-View pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 21(R). The event grossed more than $2.1 million in ticket sales, making it the highest grossing WWE event ever at STAPLES Center, and the highest grossing of the five WrestleManias held in California.
In addition to those in attendance, WrestleMania 21 was seen by millions of fans in more than 90 countries, and will be broadcast to U.S. troops around the world.
"Los Angeles and the STAPLES Center have been tremendous hosts for WrestleMania 21," said Kurt Schneider, Executive Vice President, Marketing. "I would like to thank our loyal fans in Los Angeles, from around the United States, and from around the world for making WrestleMania 21 another truly memorable event."
WrestleMania 21 was highlighted by two significant title changes. In a World Heavyweight Championship match, Batista(TM) defeated Triple H(R) to become the new RAW(R) Champion. In the SmackDown!(R) main event, John Cena(TM) became the new WWE Champion by defeating JBL(TM). In addition, The Undertaker(R) defeated Randy Orton(TM) in a "Legend" vs. "Legend Killer" match, bringing his undefeated win streak at WrestleMania to 13-0. In a special RAW vs. SmackDown! match pitting two of the greatest WWE Superstars for the first time, Kurt Angle(R) defeated Shawn Michaels(TM).
WrestleMania 22 will be held Sunday, April 2, 2006, at the Rosemont, Ill., Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago.
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