– The first estimate puts the WrestleMania 25 pay-per-view buyrate at about 970,000 purchases, down from the 1.25 million buys in 2007 and 1.05 million in 2008. Sources in WWE say that the company is “happily satisfied” with the number, given the economy.
– As noted earlier, Chris Masters is set to return to WWE soon. Masters had a long talk with Vince McMahon at the WWE TV tapings last week in Los Angeles. Masters began canceling other planned bookings yesterday, telling promoters he would be returning imminently to WWE TV.
Masters may end up being a test case for WWE going forward. He was released in November 2007 following his second WWE Wellness Policy suspension. Should he be suspended during this new run, we’ll know how suspensions from previous WWE contractual agreements would stand if/when a talent is signed to a new deal following a period where they are not employed by the company.