Seems like it would be better to rotate the show to different locations.
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Well, they actually do rotate the locations for Wrestle Reunion.
In addition to Los Angeles, last year there was also a Wrestle Reunion in Atlanta.
This year, in addition to Los Angeles, there was also Wrestle Reunion 7 in Miami last month and Wrestle Reunion 8 last weekend in Toronto (and accordung to Wrestle Reunion's website it was actually the poor Toronto turnout that put the temporary nail in the coffin for future Wrestle Reunions.)
It was also stated before the bad Toronto turnout this past weekend, they were looking to have a Wrestle Reunion in the fall in Chicago and another one next year in New Jersey/New York the same weekend as Wrestle Reunion 29- but those Wrestle Reunions were also cancelled after Wrestle Reunion 8 didn't draw enough people in Toronto this past weekend.
Just saw that they're planning on mothballing this for a while due to lack of attendance this year.
I saw that too. I can see running the same place 3 years in a row can contribute to lower attendance over time. Too bad though.
Los Angeles sold out of their VIP passes this year. As I wrote in the above post, it was actually Toronto's bad turnout from last weekend that is causing them to put Wrestle Reunion on hold.
But I do think they could run LA better than they did this year. Wrestle Reunion said they were unhappy about merchandise sales and about the ticket sales to the 3 live shows.
I have mentioned my thoughts on this before, but the merchandise problem is partly because (as they admitted on their website) Wrestle Reunion allowed too many vendor guests this year which IMO is automatically going to hurt merchandise sales. For example, I can always order a DVD from Highspots or RF Video online, but I can't always get my LOW cards signed from guys like Finlay or get my picture taken with someone like Mike Tyson- so I spent more on the vendors and less on merch.
The decrease in the live show attendance I think is because they ran 3 shows in LA instead of their normal 2- and the admin at Wrestle Reunion's website said they won't run 3 shows again during one weekend- so the live show attendance was more spread out (and it certainly doesn't help when the PWG show- their biggest money maker of the past two years in LA- is on the Sunday afternoon just hours before the Royal Rumble instead of on that Saturday night which is the time spot when they drew over 1,000 people to both Kurt Russellreunion I and II.)
Although I liked this year's Saturday night PWS show, instead of the PWS show I think a future Wrestle Reunion should stick to the same formula that was so succesful for Kurt Russellreunion I (where they had to turn people away at the door) and II which is a show combining some of the Legend wrestling guests with PWG.
I was bummed when they said that WR was put on hold but I can see why after the poor turnout in Toronto. Moving it out of LA might have helped too, and I would have had no problem going to Chicago for it. I had a great time the last 3 years, and whenever they do bring Wrestle Reunion I will be in line for a VIP Ticket.