WrestleMania 23 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was the twenty-third annual WrestleMania event and took place on April 1, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
The event was the first WrestleMania at Ford Field and the second to take place in the Detroit metropolitan area (following WrestleMania III, at the Pontiac Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan).
The event was a joint-brand pay-per-view, featuring performers from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands. Eight professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event. The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship, in which Cena won. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was Batista versus The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship, in which The Undertaker was victorious. The primary match on the ECW brand was an Eight Man Tag Team match between The ECW Originals and The New Breed; The ECW Originals claimed victory in the match. The featured matches on the undercard included Bobby Lashley versus Umaga and an interpromotional Money in the Bank ladder match.
Tickets for the event went on sale on November 11, 2006. The all-time attendance record at Ford Field of 80,103 that consisted of people from twenty-four countries, all fifty states, and nine Canadian provinces, pumped an estimated $25 million into the local economy and made this event the highest grossing one-day live event in WWE history, grossing more than $5.38 million in ticket sales. WrestleMania 23 was the highest-grossing pay-per-view in WWE history and the highest-grossing event in professional wrestling history in North America, breaking the previous record of $3.9 million held at WrestleMania X8. With 1.2 million buys, the event had the highest WrestleMania buyrate in history