10 Fascinating WWE WrestleMania 24 Facts

The other time that WrestleMania ventured to Orlando.


All told, WrestleMania 24 was pretty good for a show that Jonathan Coachman got to call the main event of. In all, it was what you'd expect out of any WrestleMania of the time: a Money in the Bank ladder match, a historic thriller involving Shawn Michaels, major celebrity involvement, and two World title matches featuring combatants that have already held the gold numerous times each. WrestleMania had really developed a paint-by-numbers formula, but as long as there was plenty of fun to be had, nobody seemed to mind.

The twenty-fourth incarnation did have big shoes to fill, coming off of WrestleMania 23, at that point the most-purchased WWE pay-per-view of all time by a considerable margin. Even the presence of undefeated multi-weight class boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. wasn't enough to match the lofty mark, as WrestleMania 24's buyrate was down 12 percent from the previous year. Even then, that was still good enough for the third-most purchased WWE pay-per-view ever, at that time.

For wrestling fans, Mayweather wasn't the story. WrestleMania 24 was about 59-year-old Ric Flair, performing what looked to be his final wrestling match ever. That ended up not being the case, sadly, but for history's sake, it's probably best to pretend that it was.


Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.