Yeah, I thought that news seemed fishy. The first WWE PPV on Sky Box Office was the UK event ''One Night Only'' in September 1997. Since then they held two UK PPVs a year up until the last one which was ''Insurrextion'' in June 2003. However the first US event on PPV was the Royal Rumble in 2002 and up until last Novemeber, Sky only showed the Rumble, Backlash, Vengeance and Armageddon on PPV. Now its just the big 4, Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. Backlash on Sunday is on Sky Sports now and presumably Vengeance and Armageddon will follow suit. Even the ECW PPV will be avaibale on Sky Sports.
Originally posted by hhhgamewmx7...However the first US event on PPV was the Royal Rumble in 2002...
Yeah, that's probably right.
I couldn't remember if it was 2002 or 2003 that Sky got the rights back from Channel 4 so I just went with the latter.
Great American Bash was on PPV last year too. Only reason I remember is because it was the first time I'd ever refused to buy a WWE PPV, including all of the UK-only ones.
Originally posted by hhhgamewmx7Now its just the big 4, Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. Backlash on Sunday is on Sky Sports now and presumably Vengeance and Armageddon will follow suit. Even the ECW PPV will be avaibale on Sky Sports.
With the new deal they signed with Sky there's now 8 PPV's on Box Office (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Judgment Day, Great American Bash, Summerslam, No Mercy, Survivor Series, Armageddon). The others are still on Sky Sports.
Originally posted by JustinShapiroI'll doublecheck, and I'm not smart enough to distinguish between just counting U.S. buys vs. counting worldwide buys, but off the top of my head it had heretofore gone
and then some order of SummerSlam 98 and 99, Rumble 99 and 02, Starrcade 97, and Backlash 00.
This year's show was on PPV in the UK for the first time or some such, which increases the potential # of buyers, but to what extent exactly I haven't seen.
It is funny that the highest non-Mania PPV and a Top 5 PPV at the time of its occurrence was InVasion. Shows what a potential goldmine they had on their hands if Vince could have developed a coherent long term plan to make money rather than to piss on WCW's grave.
This isn't a comment on their overall brawling ability, but the Streetfight between Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) and The Horsement (Barry Windham and Arn Anderson) was one of the best brawls I've ever seen.