WWE Stomping Grounds Does Reported Record Low Number Of PPV Buys

Not the most promising statistic...

With the advent of WWE Network over five years ago, pay-per-view numbers were understandably going to decline. Nonetheless, the continued availability of WWE events on pay-per-view still provides a measuring stick of sorts.

As Dave Meltzer notes in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE Stomping Grounds did a paltry 9,800 to 9,900 buys. What makes that number a little more alarming is that it managed to finish beneath Super ShowDown's 11,000 buys. Super ShowDown aired on a Friday afternoon, not the most convenient placement for many, while Stomping Grounds took place in the traditional Sunday evening time slot.

Meltzer went on to say that approximately 165,000 homes have purchased a WWE pay-per-view over the past year. An estimated 64,000 homes bought WrestleMania 35 this past April, while most non-WrestleMania events tend to do in the 15,000 to 20,000 range.

This news comes on the heels of Stomping Grounds drawing only 6,000 fans to the Tacoma Dome, a building that generally houses about 18,000 for wrestling, once production and entrance sets are factored in. The paid attendance was estimated at only 4,000 to 4,500, due to a high volume of freebies and two-for-one offers employed to try and fill the venue out.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.