There are many wrestling fans out there that would say that the WWE simply has too many pay per view events. This has been a complaint since before there was even a WWE Network or even two shows on cable television every week. The storylines can get rushed and too saturated pretty quickly with an abundance of pay per views, but that hasn’t stopped Vince McMahon and company from pumping one out (and sometimes two) every month.
These events are supposed to showcase the culminations of feuds and perhaps crown new champions. Since things have gotten too predictable and buyrates have seen a decline. When it comes to the lowest pay per view buyrates that the WWE has had, you will notice something in common; they come from the same era. After the Attitude Era ended, pay per view buys got slashed.
But which ones had the fewest buys? We only considered the ones that aired before the inception of the WWE Network, or else the entire top (or bottom) 15 would all be from the past year and a half. Here are the least watched WWE pay per views of all time, and a quick note, the sales numbers are in North American sales only:
15 15. Breaking Point 2009 - 105,000 Buys
14 14. Bragging Rights 2009 - 105,000 Buys
13 13. Night of Champions 2013 - 103,000 Buys
12 12. TLC 2011 - 98,000 Buys
11 11. Hell in a Cell 2011 - 98,000 Buys
10 10. Survivor Series 2013 - 98,000 Buys
9 9. Cyber Sunday 2008 - 92,000 Buys
8 8. Fatal 4-Way 2010 - 88,000 Buys
7 7. Capitol Punishment 2011 - 85,000 Buys
Nobody really remembers this pay per view very well, but they certainly remember the odd poster featuring John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Barack Obama. The one time pay per view event received just 85,000 buys, replacing Fatal 4-Way from the year before. Hmm, if only there was a great June PPV you could slot in for that month...
6 6. Battleground 2013 - 81,000 Buys
5 5. TLC 2012 - 75,000 Buys
4 4. Over the Limit 2011 - 72,000 Buys
3 3. Bragging Rights 2010 - 71,000 Buys
2 2. Vengeance 2011 - 65,000 Buys
1 1. December to Dismember 2006 - 52,000 Buys
The lowest buyrate in the history of the WWE comes thanks to the 2006 event, December to Dismember that was exclusively for talent in the ECW brand. The opening match was memorable as Team Xtreme (Matt and Jeff Hardy) defeated MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro), but it was quickly forgotten. Bobby Lashley won the main event in an Elimination Chamber match for the ECW title that also featured The Big Show, Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly, CM Punk and Test.
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