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Naturally, WrestleMania was the most successful PPV of the year. 1,217,000 buys made it not only the most-purchased show of the year, but it also surpassed the event’s all-time record of PPV buys, set by WrestleMania 23 back in 2007.
In second place comes the opening PPV of the year; the Royal Rumble. 443,000 buys sees the show retain its place ahead of its fellow “Big Four” PPVs of the WWE calendar.
While Brock Lesnar’s return may not have replicated his UFC success, his presence helped SummerSlam garner an impressive 358,000 buys. And speaking of Brock Lesnar...
Extreme Rules manages to chart a top-four finish with 263,000 buys. It was of course Lesnar’s first WWE PPV in eight years since his underwhelming appearance at WrestleMania XX, and saw the B-list show stand out as one of the highlights of 2012.
Despite surrendering its place in the top four, Survivor Series manages to make the list with the fifth-best buyrate of the year – 212,000. The November event is entrenched in history, though perhaps saw a dip in viewership due to a lack of star names and a short build-up time of just three weeks.
No real surprises with the company’s four biggest PPVs featuring in the top five, though Extreme Rules edging Survivor Series to fourth place could well be considered an upset.
This could be explained though by the exceptional circumstances of Brock Lesnar’s return, while a late decision to change the Survivor Series main event may also have a contributed to the show’s subpar return.