Details have emerged on statistics indicating that there was a worrying lack of interest in WWE Survivor Series WarGames.
The November 26 premium live event was one of WWE’s biggest shows of 2022. In addition to two titles matches and a highly anticipated rematch, the event featured two huge WarGames bouts.
In the opening match of the show, Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim and Becky Lynch were victorious in their war against Bayley, IYO SKY, Dakota Kai, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley.
It was the main event that had fans talking however, with Sami Zayn earning the trust of Roman Reigns, The Usos and Solo Sikoa in their WarGames bout against Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Butch, Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens.
Per Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, pay-per-view buys for the show are 35% lower than what they were for October’s Extreme Rules event, and are currently the lowest in WWE history.
Furthermore, SummerSlam at the end of July reportedly did triple the pay-per-view buys of Survivor Series WarGames.
As Meltzer points out, pay-per-view buys compared to previous years don’t mean much because people have moved to watching on Peacock and the WWE Network, but comparisons to other events this year are relevant.
Google searches also weren’t at the level expected for a major show.
“Right now it is slightly lower than Crown Jewel (in pay-per-view buys), which is the lowest pay-per-view show in the history of the company. Which – it means something and it doesn’t mean something.
“It means something as far as in comparison to all of the other shows this year, yes it means something because the situation’s exactly alike. But when you compare it to 10 years ago, of course there’s no comparison.
“And the number is relatively small no matter what, but this was… it’s right now slightly behind Crown Jewel so as of today, it is the lowest in history.
“It will undoubtedly by tomorrow, because it’s so close, be ahead of Crown Jewel, but it is 35% below Extreme Rules.
“But this was a major (event). The Google searches were not at the level of a major.
“I know that the live gate was very good and a lot of people watched it on Peacock, but the general public interest level in this show was down, and another thing that showed that was the Monday rating (for Raw).
“Unlike after Extreme Rules with Bray Wyatt where they got one of the biggest numbers of the year.
“Basically the gist is that it wasn’t as anticipated as Extreme Rules, not even close. Or any of the other big shows.
“SummerSlam was huge, SummerSlam did about triple the pay-per-view buys of Survivor Series.
“So it was a low number, and across the board when you look at the interest levels and everything like that, you can see that – it was a good show – but the interest level was not there compared to many of the pay-per-views this year include ones that are not considered big four events.”
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