John Cena calls his personal NFT gross sales a ‘catastrophic failure’
Professional wrestler and actor John Cena stated followers solely bought 7.4% of his World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, nonfungible tokens (NFTs) that he made accessible final month.
Speaking at Florida Supercon 2021 on Sept. 12, Cena said it was a mistake to market his WWE NFTs as a part of a package deal with bodily collectibles — a hat, shirt, wristbands, belt, towel, autographed image, and the digital collectible. The group supplied 500 gold tier packages with the NFT for $1,000, however solely a fraction of them bought.
“I talk a lot about failure — this idea failed,” stated Cena. “Myself and the folks in the WWE thought $1,000 was a fair price point. We were wrong. We were absolutely wrong.”
“We sold 37 of them. It was a catastrophic failure.”
Cena and WWE launched two tiers of NFTs for the wrestling star: a 24-hour public sale of a “John Cena Platinum NFT” and the five hundred restricted version NFTs as a part of the aforementioned package deal of bodily collectibles the next day. The platinum NFT reportedly bought for $21,000, with the best bidder receiving VIP tickets — with lodging — to WrestleMania 38 in Dallas or WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles.
The WWE veteran promoted the crypto area on social media lengthy earlier than the surge in recognition over NFTs. Before the 2017 Bitcoin (BTC) bull run — when the value was within the $4,000s — he tweeted an image of the bodily token. Retired skilled wrestler The Undertaker, a part of the WWE till 2020, has additionally been featured in NFT collections.
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It’s unclear if wrestling followers have been deterred by the value of the NFT — Cena, himself, estimated the digital art work to be value roughly $500 — or simply the bodily collectibles. In July, an entrepreneur launched simultaneous auctions for a job software from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and an NFT of the identical. The bodily paper ended up promoting for $343,000, whereas the ultimate bid for the NFT was 12 Ether (ETH), or roughly $27,460 on the time.