NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Set up begins at 8 a.m. and everything is TV-ready by 2 p.m. to put on the second largest traveling entertainment show — WWE Raw.
Though Raw is on a much smaller scale compared to Wrestlemania 30, which generated a record $142 million for the New Orleans region last year, it’s still a difficult event to put on twice a week.
- 33,000 Ft. of cable (roughly 6 miles)
- 16 Trucks
- 2 television trucks
- 1 satellite trucks
- 1 generator truck
- 9 crew buses
- 5 talent buses
- Set up begins at 8 a.m.
- Typically 100 plus local crew members are hired per show
- There are 80,000 individual bulbs in the HD set
- 12 cameras are used to shoot TV
- 48 speakers are part of the set
- WWE brings 2,800 pieces of pyro to each television taping and uses an average of 1,200 pieces each event.
- There is over one mile of pyro cable used for each TV taping.
- 65 cases of water
- 180 lbs of chicken
- 150 lbs of beef or pork
- 5 gallons of rice
- 15 gallons of soup
- 100 lbs of potatoes
- 6 – 8 cases of vegetables
- 40 cases of soda
- 500 cookies
- 10 cakes
- 6 pies
- 3 cases of energy drinks
WWE Raw is live on Mondays on USA Network and in 30 countries around the world. On Tuesday, the Raw team heads to the next city to start all over again for WWE Smackdown which is per-recorded and airs on Thursdays.
WWE has a total of 4.2 Billion views on YouTube over the past 12 months, and has just topped their 500 million mark for total WWE fans across their social media platforms.
The next WWE event in New Orleans will be Monday Night Raw on January 11, 2016.