WWE Stomping Grounds was last night and it was a much better show than some thought would be delivered, but it didn’t change the fact that there weren’t many people at the event.
We previously reported that WWE tarped off a great deal of the Tacoma Dome due to tickets not being bought. Bryan Alvarez was there and he said on Wrestling Observer Radio that aside from the 1/3 of the building that was used for the staging area, the other side was totally tarped off, but they did have fans all the way up on the other side of the building that the camera showed.
WWE was “giving tickets away” at the mall before the show to bring in people for the event as well. However, Dave Meltzer remarked that the actual paid tickets were some of the lowest in modern history, especially for a pay-per-view.
“They were giving away a lot of tickets — a lot of two for one — the paid was not good. I heard 6,000 in the building, but maybe 4,000 to 4,500 paid.”
“I can’t remember a WWE pay-per-view in a long time where they did that little paid. I can’t remember a WWE pay-per-view where they were giving away tickets at the mall either.”
That is not a good sign for business, but Stomping Grounds suffered this way for a couple of reasons.
Not only was the card less than stellar, but WWE also had an issue where they spent much of June promoting the Super ShowDown event in Saudi Arabia with Stomping Grounds coming off as an afterthought in a lot of ways.
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