The company's PPV lineup expanded to a monthly basis in the mids before expanding even further in the earlys. These events were not available in the United States and coincided with overseas tours in the United Kingdom. Following WWE's original brand extension inthe company promoted two touring rosters representing its Raw and SmackDown television programs.
Their main focus now is delivering all of the events on the WWE Network, including some that are exclusively on the Network. All WWE Network events that have aired since the launch of the Network have been broadcast in high-definition.
WWE airs a pre-show before most Network events known as the Kickoff show. Each Kickoff show includes matches, interviews, and a panel of experts previewing the upcoming line-up. The Kickoff pre-show began as a minute show  before expanding to 1 hour, beginning with Night of Champions in September Originally known as Falloutand later known as Raw Talk and Talking Smack during the brand-only events, each post-show includes interviews and a panel of experts analyzing the event.
The post-shows vary in length. Each TakeOver pre-show includes interviews and a panel of experts previewing the upcoming line-up. The TakeOver pre-shows are typically 30 minutes in length while some have been 1 hour, beginning with TakeOver: San Antonio in Each TakeOver Fallout included interviews and a panel of experts analyzing the event. The Fallout post-shows varied in length. However, beginning with NXT Arrivalseveral additional events began airing exclusively on the Network.
The Network exclusives are noted below. Many WWE events are thematiccentered on particular types of matches, or have an annually-recurring main-event. Most themed events sans the "Big Four" pay-per-view events are roughly treated like filler themed events to carry the audience until the next event dating back to the days when the In Your House system was used.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from List of WWE pay-per-view events.The main card consisted of seven matches. Three of WWE's four women's championships were defended on the main card; the fourth was defended in a dark match before the show. It also featured the finals of the Mae Young Classic tournament. It was also announced that the event would host the finals of the Mae Young Classic and that all four of WWE's women's championships would be defended; however, the NXT UK Women's Championship match was later removed from the main card and occurred as a dark match before the show.
WWE's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative Triple H explained that WWE's female performers "deserve[d] the opportunity" for a prominent showcase, and that it "was simply the right time for this to happen. The card consisted of seven matches that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed villainsheroesor less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK brands.
It was then revealed that instead of the two singles matches, Bliss and James would face Stratus and Lita in a tag team match at Evolution. Following the match, however, The Bella Twins attacked Rousey, turning heel. A title match between Rousey and Nikki was then scheduled for Evolution. Following the match, Lynch attacked Flair, turning heel. On the October 15 episode of Rawit was announced that a battle royal for a women's championship match would also take place at Evolution with various competitors announced to take part, including WWE legends and Hall of Famers.
In the end, thinking that she won the match, Zelina Vegawho had not actually been eliminated, began celebrating, not realizing that neither Nia Jax or Ember Moon were eliminated. After Nia Jax eliminated Vega by throwing her at Taminawho was already eliminated and was standing at ringside,Nia Jax eliminated Ember Moon to earn a future opportunity at the Raw Women's Championship. Shirai performed a dropkick on Storm from the top rope, followed by a moonsault at ringside.
In the end, Storm countered a Moonsault by raising her knees and performed the " Storm Zero " on Shirai to win the match and the trophy. In the climax, Natalya applied a double sharpshooter on Riott and Logan, only for Morgan to perform the " Facebreaker " on Natalya for a near-fall.
Natalya then performed a powerbomb on Morgan, followed by a diving elbow drop from Bayley and a frog splash from Banks for the victory. At the conclusion of the match, as Sane attempted to perform an " Insane Elbow ", Baszler rolled out of the ring. Lynch attacked Flair with a kendo stick and a chair. Lynch attempted a " Bexploder Suplex " on Flair, however, Flair countered and delivered a back suplex to Lynch directly onto a pile of chairs.
Flair performed a senton following a moonsault on Lynch through a table. Flair applied the " Figure-Eight Leglock " on Lynch whose leg was wrapped around a ladder, however, Lynch was able to escape by attacking Flair with a steel chair. In the end, after leaping off the ladder and putting Flair through the German announce table with a leg dropLynch performed a powerbomb on Flair from the top rope through another table.
Flair was unable to make it to her feet before the count, thus Lynch retained. During the match, Nikki dominated Rousey for a majority of the match. On the outside of the ring, Brie shoved Rousey into the ring post whilst the referee was distracted.
Nikki performed the " Rack Attack 2.Remember Me? Results 1 to 52 of Thread: Wrestlemania Buyrates over the years. Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Wrestlemania Buyrates over the years Found this on a forum yesterday, thought it make for a good discussion. Interesting numbers. Really interesting to see hwo it fluctuates. I've always thought that there had to be something seriously up with Aside from Angle and Lesnar not being draws, which was clear. Originally Posted by Cewsh. Wrestling was down in the mid s and it showed in the buyrates of these shows.
Wrestlemania IV's poor performance demonstrates an iron law of the wrestling business: people don't pay for uncertainty. That show had the WWF Title tournament. Even though Hogan and Andre were locked-in to face each other, people didn't want to pay for the show because they didn't know what they were going to get.
XII was the definition of a one-match show the Iron Man match must have taken up half the wrestling on the show. Neither of those seem like very big draws. I do feel like they've really gone all out the last few years by bringing in a lot of guys who only work part-time for the show. Rock definitely shows himself to be a major draw. Three of the top five shows featured him either in the main event or hosting the show.
Also: 19 had a pretty weak build. I really like the show other than Triple H going over Booker, but it's not surprising that it didn't draw well. I feel like they blamed Booker T for it, since he's the only guy who actually got de-pushed afterward. Angle, Lesnar, and Triple H all continued in their roles. Hogan kept feuding with McMahon until he walked out because he thought they were screwing him with his pay-offs.
Rock did the Goldberg match and then left to make a movie. Booker dropped out of the main event and ended up with the IC title within a few months. It must be said that a lot of the trouble with the Wrestlemania's from or so was related to them trying to go full pay per view and the infrastructure taking time to catch up with them.
Obviously WM 4 was a flop regardless, but it's hard to judge the numbers of the early shows before PPV was really an established thing. All times are GMT The time now is AM.
All rights reserved.Many of the Nitro episodes upset fans since they ended on cliff hangers or had big matches end without a real finish. The buy rates for these shows stand out as the most successful in WCW history. Fans cared about these shows for the main event and a few other attractions on the card, and each show had its own reason for the fan interest reaching such a level.
WWE found success with the rivalry in the 80s, but most of their matches came in tag team action since Piper reportedly refused to lose to Hogan. Piper won the non-title match over Hogan with a then-recordbuys.
Eric Bischoff ran the annual event at Sturgis for motorcycle enthusiasts and that appealed to Leno. Souled Out was one of the stranger PPVs to receive such a huge buy rate.
WWE Super Showdown PPV Pulls in Poor Buyrate
WCW had a solid card of big matches and more depth than usual. WCW receivedbuy rates despite not having the same appeal of some of the other shows on this list. Halloween Havoc specifically had two main event matches that sold the fans on buying the event. Hogan vs Piper had their last big match in the steel cage main event, and Diamond Dallas Page vs Randy Savage was the semi-main event. Both matches had strong builds with major appeal to receive such a huge buy rate.
Another show with two main event level matches to find success was Uncensored The aftermath of this started the faction splitting into two separate factions. The show receivedbuys, as WCW continued to make huge profits in WWE may have passed them, but both companies were thriving.
Fans were given the resolution of Sting beating Hogan cleanly finally start his title reign after stopping Hogan. WCW was on fire around this time and brought in anotherbuys as an all-time success PPV in company history. Nash vs Goldberg for the WCW Championship brought inbuys of viewers wanting to see the two faces square off. The popularity of Nash with the Wolfpac version of the New World Order made him a hot commodity to challenge Goldberg.
Starrcade was a huge success even with Nash winning in controversial fashion. Both legends were trying to figure out their next move with each character having heel character traits. Superbrawl receivedbuy rates, with fans still wanting to give WCW a chance.Grahame Herbert hasn't written a bio just yet, but if they had The traditional marker for success in WWE has been based upon how many pay per views are sold.
It's a format which Vince McMahon first pioneered in the mid 's, transforming his wrestling shows to become something people could pay to watch without having to attend the arena.
The concept worked brilliantly and by the late 90's we had monthly pay per view offerings which we bought with enthusiastic anticipation. Despite the often high cost for three hours of entertainment, WWE was regularly able to top overbuys at its peak.
That's all changing now with the advent of the WWE Network, so it seems an appropriate time to look back at what the best performing WWE pay per views ever ranked as. Honourable Mention It seems unfair to put WrestleMania 30 into this list because WWE can't actually account for the number of people who watched it. Officially it didPPV buys but then there was also theNetwork subscribers who could have watched it.
WWE as you would expect have crowed that Mania 30 ended up being one of the biggest success ever because the combined PPV and Network number put it at over a million viewers. That seems a stretch. Not everyone on the Network would have watched, many of the subscribers would have been one of the 75, in actual attendance at the New Orleans show.
Then you have the fact that fans will have watched in groups, with Mania gatherings now a popular occurrence. Added to this is the fact many Network subscribers went ahead and ordered the PPV to negate any worry they had about streaming it on the Network.
As such we can't be sure how many viewers Mania 30 actually had, so for now we rank it as an honourable mention! WWE Writer. Grahame Herbert Grahame Herbert hasn't written a bio just yet, but if they had See more from Grahame.Lifelong wrestling, video game, music and sports obsessive who has been writing about his passions since childhood.
Also a pro wrestling commentator and former manager with a love of sparkly jackets. When the WWE Network officially surpassed the one million subscriber mark in late-January, the company rightly trumpeted the achievement as a landmark moment for the on demand service.
After all, one million people is a heck of a lot, and something to celebrate, but it still leaves another four million regular Monday Night Raw viewers who haven't yet taken the plunge and checked out the Network. Even more worryingly, WWE seem to have relaxed a little in regards to Pay-Per-View buyrates, which were previously like gold dust for the promotion. In essence, the higher the number, the better, as it means more homes have ordered the show, thus pouring more money into the McMahon-led coffers.
With the dawn of the Network, WWE don't appear to be quite as addicted to buys, instead focusing more on getting fans to sign up to the subscription service. There's just one problem, that leaves four million folks out in the cold, ones who can still potentially purchase each PPV the old fashioned way.
As this list shows, a startling trend is beginning to develop, where these people aren't just declining the chance to watch on the WWE Network, they're also not buying on PPV. The goalposts may have moved somewhat, but it's still the same game WWE are playing, and they'd be wise to remember that!
Jamie Kennedy Lifelong wrestling, video game, music and sports obsessive who has been writing about his passions since childhood. See more from Jamie.Triple H match, had drawn an impressivepay-per-view buys. This got me thinking as to where the event would figure when compared to the biggest financial successes in company history. Vince McMahon is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of pay-per-view sports, and this article will rank the 15 most successful events his company has ever staged.
Note: Rankings are based on pay-per view grosses only. The information presented was collected by researching a great number of different sources and events before the year and are estimated since the WWE had yet to become a public company. Taking place on March 29,just as the hugely popular Attitude Era kicked into gear, WrestleMania XIV gained huge mainstream appeal thanks to the involvement of controversial boxing legend Mike Tyson in the main event.
Pay Per View Buys
Twelve months previously, WrestleMania 13 had drawn a terriblebuys. The following year's event trebled that number thanks to three key factors: the increasing popularity of the business as a whole, the aforementioned "Iron" Mike and the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The only non-WrestleMania event on the list, the July 22, event was a massive financial success thanks to the huge interest from all wrestling fans in what had the potential to be one of the industry's greatest feuds: The WWF vs.
A staggering 17, fans packed into Cleveland's Gund Arena to witness the match card that featured only inter-promotional contests. Following the event, the storyline petered out after the Alliance were treated as little more than jobbers by the established WWF stars. The huge buyrate showed just how popular the rivalry could have been had it not been squandered by the creative team in the months after.
For the third successive year, WrestleMania broke pay-per-view records for the WWE, although the card itself was nothing more than adequate. Other under-card highlights included the groundbreaking triple-threat tag team ladder match between Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz and The Dudleys, and the entertaining "Eurocontinental" Championship three-way dance with Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho.
The rest of the event was nothing more than filler, but the 18, fans in Anaheim's Arrowhead Pond lapped up the action nonetheless. The buildup for the event was heavily focused on the "Icon vs. Icon" dream match pitting The Rock against Hulk Hogan for the first time ever, and it helped WWE's annual extravaganza post another huge buyrate. Other than the Hogan vs. The card was headlined by the high-profile rematch between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels that led to the retirement of "The Heartbreak Kid.
The under-card matches weren't of the highest in-ring quality, but thanks to the huge PPV numbers, Vince probably didn't lose much sleep over it, despite his loss at the hands of "The Hitman.
The 25th edition of the "Showcase of the Immortals" is best remembered for the classic match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, which made the event worth every penny for the 72, in attendance at the Reliant Stadium in Houston. Other highlights included the brutal hardcore match between Edge and Mick Foley, Rob Van Dam's victory in the annual Money in the Bank ladder match and Shawn Michaels' triumph over Vince McMahon in a hugely entertaining no-holds-barred match.Wrestlemania 28 DRAWS 2 MILLION PPV BUYS?!?!?!?!
The event was promoted as a huge occasion, and this was reflected by over a million PPV buys. However, the contest between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
A high quality under-card saw The Undertaker defeat Triple H after a hard-hitting brawl, and Shane McMahon bested his father in a weapon-filled street fight. Quite possibly the greatest pay-per-view WWE has ever staged, WrestleMania X-Seven was an event most definitely deserving of its financial success.
The second outdoor WrestleMania after the ninth iteration in saw 74, fans witness the annual spectacle held at Orlando's Citrus Bowl.