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The W - Pro Wrestling - Armageddon Buyrate is Par for the Course
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The WWE released an updated Investor Relations Key Business Drivers document today. Added was the initial buy numbers for December's Armageddon Smackdown PPV. As have most PPVs of Fiscal 2006, it did pretty well (slightly less than 290,000 buys). That number is slightly more than the same event did in 2004 & 2003, and a mere 70,000 buys below 2002's event.

For the curious, approximate buy info for events in Fiscal 2006:

SummerSlam: 645,000
Vengeance: 425,000
Survivor Series: 375,000
ECW One Night Stand: 350,000
Backlash: 315,000
Armageddon: 290,000
Great American Bash: 280,000
Judgment Day: 265,000
Unforgiven: 230,000
No Mercy: 225,000
Taboo Tuesday: 205,000

We're heading into the traditional busy period, with New Year's Revolution expected to do fairly well and followed by the typically strong Royal Rumble & WrestleMania events. No Way Out is usually a poor performer (delivering numbers similar to Armageddon in recent years), but possibly may trend upwards as the other events this year have.

In summation: Every PPV this year has either done substantially better than last year's...or negligibly worse. And they're doing more events. They're making more money of PPVs, but some here have mentioned that it's because they're getting into more international markets for PPV and people are possibly buying them because it's a new novelty thing.

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Foreign markets aside, it's time to stop declaring that the WWE is doing horrible business.
They're not doing 1998-2000 numbers, but they're still incredibly profitable.

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Does it mention whether or not those PPV numbers include streaming Web buys? (and if so, how many of those are they getting vs. the conventional cable buys that are split revenue)?
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