WWE presented a packed SmackDown in Madison Square Garden, and it was quite a show. Vince McMahon was around, and NYC fans crammed the World’s Most Famous Arena. They also opened up even more seats to fit everyone they could in for the show.

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Friday’s post-Money in the Bank edition of SmackDown at Madison Square Garden in New York City proved to be a record-breaking event for WWE. Company higher-ups expressed their pride in what appears to be the final WWE MSG event under the ownership of The McMahon Family.

During the broadcast, Michael Cole announced a sold-out crowd of 15,182 fans in attendance, although WWE typically adds an additional 1,000 to 2,000 to their announced attendance figures. Backstage at The Garden, “sold out” signs were displayed, and several WWE stars, including Paul Heyman, Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Sami Zayn, and WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H, tweeted about the sellout. It is worth noting that this was the first time in years that WWE had “sold out” signs on all digital LED boards outside the venue, informing people that there were no walk-up ticket sales available.


WrestleTix reported around 3 pm on Friday that WWE still had 9 available tickets out of a setup of 13,528 seats, or 13,519 tickets distributed. Eventually, the remaining seats in limited-view sections were released and quickly sold out. They were then re-listed at higher prices, exceeding $100 per ticket. Additionally, around 5:15 pm, it was noted that WWE made minor adjustments to the floor plan, resulting in the availability of 30 more tickets. With a setup of 13,617 seats or 13,587 tickets distributed, WWE had a total of 30 available tickets for the event.

Following SmackDown, WWE announced that the event was not only the highest-grossing WWE event ever held at Madison Square Garden but also the highest-grossing SmackDown in WWE history. These accomplishments mark significant records for the company.

To provide a comparison, the July 25th, 2022 SummerSlam go-home edition of RAW at MSG had an announced attendance of 15,130 fans, with a legitimate sellout and an actual attendance of approximately 13,400. The actual attendance for the September 10th, 2021 Super SmackDown at MSG was 13,132, but WWE announced a figure of 14,425 on commentary during the show.

We will have to see if WWE brings an even bigger show to Madison Square Garden the next time they come around, but they certainly did a great job this week.

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