WWE News: Final numbers for WrestleMania 28, Extreme Rules, Over The Limit, and Now Way Out, plus a breakdown of the buys those events earned in past years
The following information was released by WWE in their second quarter earnings report for 2012.
-The April WrestleMania 28 pay-per-view drew 1,217,000 buys. WrestleMania 27 scored 1,059,000 buys, WrestleMania 26 drew 885,000 buys, and WrestleMania 25 produced 975,000 buys.
-The May Extreme Rules pay-per-view drew 263,000 buys. The 2011 version of Extreme Rules produced 209,000 buys, the 2010 version scored 182,000 buys, and the event earned 213,000 buys in 2009.
-The May Over The Limit pay-per-view produced 167,000 buys. The 2011 Over The Limit finished with 140,000 buys. The same event produced 197,000 buys in 2010, and it tallied 228,000 buys when it was called Judgment Day in 2009.
-The June No Way Out pay-per-view scored 194,000 buys. The event was named Capitol Punishment in 2011 and earned 170,000 buys. The event was called Fatal Four Way in 2010 and earned 143,000 buys. The June 2009 pay-per-view was called The Bash and finished with 178,000 buys.
Powell's POV: Vince McMahon will have plenty to boast about when it comes to the WrestleMania 28 and Extreme Rules pay-per-view numbers in comparison to past years. WrestleMania 28 was a big success thanks in large part to The Rock. Unfortunately, I still feel the Extreme Rules numbers are disappointing given that the event was headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena. Nevertheless, it's rare to see a quarter that showed an increase in all pay-per-view events compared to the prior year. We'll have full coverage of the Vince McMahon conference call at 10:00 a.m. CT.
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