Well, this is quite the surprise.
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling held its annual Slammiversary pay-per-view (PPV) event just this past June 10, 2012, at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, and according to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but strongly recommended), the show did a better than normal buyrate.
There is a legitimate sign of momentum. Based on estimates we've gotten, TNA Slammiversary is estimated right now at doing in the 14,000 to 15,000 buy range. It's not through the roof, but it's up from the 7,000 to 10,000 range the shows besides Lockdown and Bound for Glory have been doing. It was way up from last year's Slammiversary, which was estimated at 7,500.
It's interesting because the show was headlined by Bobby Roode vs. Sting for the heavyweight championship, a match that did normal to poor numbers earlier in the year. And it's not like there was a ton of hype for yet another match, especially considering the manner in which it was booked leading up to the show.
That said, this was heavily hyped as the big 10th Anniversary show that would see the first member of the TNA Hall of Fame inducted, which turned out to be Sting. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Champion Christian also made an appearance, though he only had a short segment introducing a video package of the greatest moment in the company's history.
TNA should be happy with any influx in PPV buys, even if it's only an extra 7,000, but they should really be happy that this was the show that saw the added interest because it was one of the promotion's better offerings. The Sting vs. Roode main event was nothing to write home about but Austin Aries and Samoa Joe tore the house down, James Storm returned to a hero's welcome, Joseph Park and Bully Ray had a fun match, and the crowd in Arlington -- which included our very own Sergio Hernandez -- gave the show a big time feel it normally misses out on at the Impact Zone in Orlando.
All told, I'd say this was a big success all around.