Greetings, fellow Wieners. I'm a wrestling fan, but the recent wane in interesting and entertaining storylines has gradually led me away from ordering pay-per-views every month, instead I just stick to the weekly shows and the occation big-time PPV (SummerSlam was the last I saw, and I'm going to watch Royal Rumble & WrestleMania). Tomorrow night, an arguably weak-looking Armageddon PPV event will be taking place...coincidentally the same night (and in some timeslots, the same time) as the much-anticipated Survivor: Pearl Islands finale. With Survivor's seventh edition pulling in high ratings and the RAW brand (and WWE in general) pulling down lower than usual ratings, does anybody else foresee low buyrates for the show?
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I think it gets a low buyrate due to it being a brand exclusive show, and it being a December PPV that historically hasn't been viewed as much more than a throw-away show between Survivor Series and Rumble. Survivor might take a marginal piece of the audience, but its doubtful as that show goes head to head against weekly WWF/E programming, so the cross-over audience in all likelihood isn't as great as if they weren't competing shows on Thursday.
I don't think you can credit a low buyrate - which I agree is coming - to the Survivor finale. December PPVs are traditionally one of the weaker ones of the year, both in terms of quality and importance to storylines. Like redsoxnation said, it's filler, and nothing on the card tomorrow is all that remarkable. I'm the type who orders whatever they throw out there, mostly because I've got a bunch of people to split the cost with me, but if I were a more discriminating buyer I'd probably take a pass on the strength of the show, regardless of whether Survivor is on or not.
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Sorry, Debaser. But I don't consider a Lance Storm victory over The Rock by countout (followed by The Rock shaking Storm's hand just to Rock Bottom him) qualifies in my book as “The Rock putting Lance Storm over.” Not by a long freaking shot.