The Hollywood Reporter has a story on the financial benefits of Wrestlemania to host cities. The writer said that
Wrestlemania revenue was comparable to the Oscars. WWE CFO George Barrios is quoted. “WrestleMania XXV was the largest-grossing event in company history, and we expect this year’s installment to break that record yet again as indicated by recent strength in PPV buys and some recovery in consumer spending.” The story didn’t mentioned that “recent strength” was mostly due to a $5 price hike. (credit: The Wrestling Globe Newsletter)

Shawn Michaels prepared to win — or lose — at Mania

– Former WWE superstars Matt Bloom (Albert, A-Train), Luther Reigns, and Shawn (Gavin Spears) have been spotted in the Phoenix area. Bloom has been wrestling for years with New Japan Pro Wrestling as Giant Bernard.