SK Exclusive: WWE spent $5 million on WrestleMania 33 set

They outdid themselves once again

What's the story?

Our sources are reporting that WWE spent a grand total of $5 million on the stage for WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida. The event was a massive success for the company with many fans calling the production behind the Showcase of the Immortals the best of all time.

In case you didn't know...

WWE had a lot of pressure on its shoulders heading into 'Mania this year, with a large portion of the WWE Universe slating the event before it had even begun. Plus, the previous set that was constructed for the Citrus Bowl's last WrestleMania back in 2008 was so fantastic that many fans wanted to see the company try and top that effort.

The heart of the matter

As we previously mentioned, our sources have suggested that the official total for the stage was around $5 million. This amount likely eclipses any fee that the WWE have paid in the past when it comes to their production, and you can see why it was so expensive. The complexity of the stage was one of the reasons why it was so popular, with the general consensus being that it did in fact defeat Mania 24's set.

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What's next?

We are less than twelve months away from next year's edition of WrestleMania, which will emanate from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It's unlikely that they'll spend anywhere near this year's amount given that it's a domed stadium, although with that being said WrestleMania 30's simple design was quite effective.

Author's take

However much it cost, the money they paid was worth it because that stage was absolutely extraordinary. As someone who was there live, the production was magnificent from start to finish, and it gave this year's WrestleMania that special feeling that can only stem from such a Herculean effort. Bravo, WWE.

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