I don't think the venue has anything to do with the buyrate. I honestly don't think anyone says LA is their dealbreaker for not buying.
I do want it to move out of LA though.
I do want it to move out of LA though.
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Last year's was a great show, tbh.The arena is only a major factor for the PPV for a WM, because usually, the most buys are from the host city so if you do a WM from New York for example, the market is much bigger with much more potential buyers and media buzz than on a random and small city. Same thing WWE are doing in LA, Vince's dream always was and still is, to be mainstream and Hollywood, LA is the best option.
As for Summerslam 2012, with Brock Lesnar on the show against a star like HHH + CHARLIE SHEEN, A-list celebrity, there's not even 1% they're doing below last year. Last year was horrendous, the lowest domestic Summerslam buyrate of all time(maybe even overall), the standard should be much higher for a big show like that with Sheen and Lesnar/HHH.
If Sheen is really going to be there + they're doing a great angle for Lesnar/HHH(not like that brawl last week). My prediction is 375-450k.
I was talking about the buyrate but even as a show. You had an awesome Orton/Christian match, a decent Cena/Punk match and a nice surprise from Nash, that's it. Not enough for me to call it a good Summerslam.Last year's was a great show, tbh.
I thought Henry/Sheamus and Bryan/Barrett were good as well.I was talking about the buyrate but even as a show. You had an awesome Orton/Christian match, a decent Cena/Punk match and a nice surprise from Nash, that's it. Not enough for me to call it a good Summerslam.
I think with it being the 20th anniversary of Summerslam 1992, WWE could have sold out Wembley Stadium, especially with Brock vs HHH and Punk vs Cena(I'd rather not see Show in it)They should've held it in England this year. With the Olympics gimmick to cash in on, and the 20th anniversary of Summerslam 1992, it would've been ideal. It should've happened.
Brye hit the nail on the head. Not sure why you've made a correlation between the venue and the PPV buys.
The buys are down (not just on Summerslam but on basically all PPVs) because the product simply isn't as interesting and people don't have as much disposable money to throw on PPV.
I'm not trying to pair them together I'm just saying its a coincidence.The venue is certainly NOT the problem as you can see below, LA is one of the hottest markets for WWE. Blame the overall interest in the product, aside from punk vs cena last year there was no other top main event like there will be this year (brock/HHH).
Summerslam isn't going anywhere else anytime soon.
That would be greatest double main event ever Punk-Cena & Rock-Brock 2. I'll add HBK Vs HHH No Holds Barred with that, Sheamus-Taker world title, Orton-Del Rio & Jericho-Christian IC title ladder matchI think with it being the 20th anniversary of Summerslam 1992, WWE could have sold out Wembley Stadium, especially with Brock vs HHH and Punk vs Cena(I'd rather not see Show in it)
It's a shame they didn't try. Hell Rock vs Brock II 10 years later would have been a huge event for Summerslam.