World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced this morning that, due to the tremendous popularity of its flagship pay-per-view spectacular, WrestleMania will be held four times a year.
“We listen to what the fans want,” company chairman Vince McMahon said at a press conference, “and, quite frankly, the fans want more WrestleMania, quite frankly.”
Starting in 2019, WrestleMania will be held on a quarterly basis, timed in conjunction with WWE’s fiscal calendar, “in order to give fans quadruple the action and excitement they’ve come to expect from WrestleMania®,” says a press release issued today from the company’s Connecticut headquarters.
The four annual WrestleManias will not replace an existing pay-per-views, but rather be added to the existing event calendar, taking the annual tally of WWE pay-per-views up to 72 (or 73, if, for some reason, they don’t discontinue Great Balls of Fire).
According to the press release, each quarterly incarnation of WrestleMania will be a seven-hour broadcast featuring:
- A 40-minute musical performance by Machine Gun Kelly (or, if he is unavailable, the next best thing: a parrot that has learned to sing “Let The Bodies Hit the Floor”)
- A 60-person “Equality Battle Royal” featuring 30 male superstars and 30 female superstars
- A phantasmagorical, otherworldly entrance by The Undertaker, who will serve as guest timekeeper
- Three-dozen commercials for upcoming quarterly WrestleManias
The WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will also be held quarterly until all past WWE performers have been inducted, with the final induction (Curt Hawkins) happening in 2027.