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Backstage News on WWE Main Event, WWE Business Numbers Up, DVD Sales

– For the month of August, WWE live events in North America averaged 5,634 paid fans. This is up 25.9% from the 4,474 in August of 2011.

WWE.com had 12.9 million unique visitors in August, up 11.2% from the 11.6 million in August 2011. However, online merchandise orders were way down – 548 per day in August of this year, down 50% from the 1,097 per day in August of 2011.

– WWE shipped 301,000 DVD units this August, up 7.9% from the 279,000 in August 2011. Regarding DVD’s released since December, the most shipped are WrestleMania 28 with 219,000 units, The Rock’s set with 148,000, The Undertaker’s Streak set with 93,000, the Royal Rumble with 84,000 and the Best PPV Matches of 2011 set with 83,000 units shipped. To figure actual DVD sales, it would be about 60% of the number shipped.

– As noted before, WWE will debut Main Event on Ion next Wednesday night. Most fans are expecting the show to be like WWE Superstars where the first few weeks features top talents and then midcarders get used. Word is that WWE is gearing this show up to not be another throw-away like Superstars has turned into. Apparently Ion is paying them for a quality show so they have to draw ratings.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

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  • Bad News Bro

    I’m absolutely dreading this show.

    You already have 5 hours of weekly television, plus another hour to those of us who download NXT, and then another hour if you like watching the under-card guys on Superstars or are a kid who watches Saturday Morning Slam. Altogether, that’s 8 hours right there. Then, God forbid, you also enjoy other promotions like TNA or ROH. And now, another 1 and a half to 2 hour show? As much as I love wrestling, they’re not the only television shows that I like to watch. Not to mention, there’s school, my job, my girlfriend, my family, my friends, REAL LIFE!

    Even from a less selfish perspective, does this really help WWE? When you’re offering this much content, what’s really being left for the pay-per-views? What makes a lot of great PPV matches, especially during WrestleMania season, is when you get two guys in the ring who have never or rarely ever wrestled one another before. That’s going to be SO hard to do now without being repetitive (which, it already can be as is).

    Personally, I’m hoping that it mostly just fixates on the advancement of the mid-card and young talent while only slightly furthering the major storylines. Otherwise, it’d only be a matter of time before I, and I’m sure others, start to fall behind and become confused and ignorant toward a lot of what’s going on. And I’d hate to think about if that were to snowball into disinterest and lead me or anyone else who’s been a fan their whole life to not watch anymore.

    Absolutely dreading it…

  • Kerwin White is Jebus

    The best way I can see this working out is if they make the show a mix of established, big-name stars AND as much emphasis on the mid-card guys who don’t get enough screen time…to your point, bad news brown, it’s amazing how that can happen with with 8+ hours of wwe (not even counting all their YouTube stuff), yet it does.
    I feel like this show might bring in more viewers to raw and sd, so I get why they’re doing it, but I agree with you, I’m not sure I have time in my life for one more wrestling show.
    I’m also wondering, is it possible that people who get Ion might not have channels that play raw and sd? I’m in Canada,so I don’t know if Ion is basic cable or not.

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