This month’s WrestleMania Backlash Premium Live Event almost broke an unwanted WWE pay-per-view record.
Per the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the May 8 show had a traditional pay-per-view number of 8200, which would be the second lowest in company history, excluding some NXT TakeOver shows.
The current lowest pay-per-view number in WWE history is from this year’s Elimination Chamber event, which only had 7,800 buys.
Of course, WWE doesn’t rely on traditional pay-per-view buys anymore, with more eyes now watching the product through the WWE Network/Peacock streaming services. This is one of the reasons why WWE has rebranded pay-per-views as ‘Premium Live Events’.
The event only featured one title match, with Ronda Rousey defeating Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. The WWE Universal, Raw Tag Team and SmackDown Tag Team Champions were all in non-title action at the event, with Roman Reigns & The Usos defeating Drew McIntyre & RK-Bro in the show’s main event.
Following recent developments surrounding Roman Reigns’ future, the Tribal Chief has been removed from the poster for an upcoming Premium Live Event, but was featured on a new poster for the Clash at the Castle UK stadium show.
An update has emerged on plans for Reigns’ next Universal Championship opponent, which you can read about right here.
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