Earlier this week WWE returned to Madison Square Garden for a huge post-Christmas house show. The event saw the return of John Cena, the first-ever women’s match to headline an MSG wrestling show between Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax, a Steel Cage match between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Title, and much more. However, it looks like not as many fans as expected showed up.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer reports that the MSG house show only drew 11,900 fans. This is the smallest crowd for an annual post-Christmas tour house show in recent memory. Its been several years since WWE has sold out a live event in Madison Square Garden. Also, WWE’s SmackDown live event the same day in Chicago only drew 6,000 fans.
This is also largely disappointing, as the post-Christmas shows in Chicago usually draw around 10,000 fans. WWE has had issues with attendance at both live events and TV tapings in the past few years. Many largely attribute the decrease to the lackluster product being presented on TV, as well as things such as pyrotechnics no longer being a regular occurrence.