WWE PPV Draws Worst Buy Number In History

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WWE’s Vengeance pay-per-view event on October 23, 2011 garnered 130,000 buys overall—70,000 in North America and 60,000 overseas, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The Vengeance PPV, which was introduced in place of the Bragging Rights PPV, made its return this year after a four-year hiatus.

With the exception of the disastrous December to Dismember pay-per-view event in 2006, Vengeance is the lowest-selling domestic pay-per-view event in WWE history—dating back to the infancy of pay-per-view in the 1980s. December to Dismember, which was branded as an ECW event, drew 55,000 buys in North America.

Vengeance was headlined by Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena in a Last Man Standing Match, Mark Henry vs. Big Show in a World Heavyweight Championship Match, and Awesome Truth vs. CM Punk and Triple H.

It is important to note that it was likely not the pay-per-view matches that caused it to draw such low numbers, but the fact that it was the second pay-per-view to air in October and the third PPV to air within the span of five weeks. The event aired just three weeks after the Hell in a Cell PPV on Oct. 2 and five weeks after the Night of Champions PPV on Sept. 18.