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WrestleMania 25 (also marketed as The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania)[1] was the 25th annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on April 5, 2009, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.[2] The event featured talent from all three WWE brand divisions: Raw, SmackDown, and ECW.[3] It was the second WrestleMania held in Houston; the first was WrestleMania X-Seven at the Reliant Astrodome, which was held in April 2001.[4]

Eight matches were held on the event's card, which featured a supercard, a scheduling of more than one main bout. The first of these matches saw The Undertaker defeat Shawn Michaels and extend his undefeated WrestleMania streak to 17-0. The second was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship, which saw John Cena defeat defending champion, Edge and, The Big Show to win the championship. The final match of the night was a singles match for the WWE Championship that featured the champion, Triple H, defeating Randy Orton to retain the title. Featured matches on the undercard included Matt Hardy defeating Jeff Hardy in an Extreme Rules match, Chris Jericho defeated the team of Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka, and the annual Money in the Bank ladder match which was won by CM Punk.[5]

Tickets for the event commenced sale to the public on November 8, 2008.[6] For the third consecutive year, WrestleMania broke the record for the highest-grossing pay-per-view in WWE history, grossing US$6.9 million in ticket sales, which included fans from all 50 U.S. states, 24 countries, and seven Canadian provinces.[7] WrestleMania 25 generated approximately 960,000 pay-per-view buys, grossing $21.0 million in revenue.[8][9] The event pumped an estimated $49.8 million into the local economy and generated $5.7 million in local tax revenue, equating to 600 full-time jobs for the area. With an attendance of 72,744, it is the 8th largest attendance in WrestleMania history.[10]

WrestleMania is considered World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) flagship event, having first been held in 1985. It is the longest-running professional wrestling event in history and is held annually between mid-March to mid-April.[11] It was the first of WWE's original four pay-per-views, which includes Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, dubbed the "Big Four".[12] It has been described as the Super Bowl of sports entertainment.[13] The event featured wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands—it was the last to feature ECW, and subsequently the ECW Championship, as the brand was disbanded in February 2010, deactivating the championship along with it.

As the second WrestleMania to be held in Houston and the state of Texas after WrestleMania X-Seven at the Astrodome, WWE mainly promoted WrestleMania 25 under the tagline "Everything Is Bigger in Texas, Especially WrestleMania" since its announcement at WrestleMania XXIV in March 2008.[14] WWE later began using "The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania" name in late-2008 to primarily promote the event.[15] Tickets for WrestleMania 25 were originally scheduled to go on sale September 20, 2008, but had to be postponed out of concern for the residents near the Gulf of Mexico due to Hurricane Ike and the disaster area declaration by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Following another postponement due to the effect of Ike on the state of Texas, WWE announced that ticket sales would be postponed until November 8, 2008.[6][16]

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