Estimates, estimates, estimates. That's all we've had to go on regarding WWE pay-per-view (PPV) buyrates for the past few months of shows, including the ever adjusting WrestleMania 28 numbers that started at a record breaking 1.3 million then went as far down as 1.1 million but were reported back up to 1.2 million.
It's been enough to drive a man mad.
Thankfully, for those interested in such business matters, WWE held a conference call today (Aug. 2, 2012) to report on the company's second quarter financials. That includes the official numbers for PPV buys for WrestleMania 28 on through No Way Out, which was estimated at 202,000 buys by the Wrestling Observer (they were a bit off).
Here are the official totals, with the totals for the 2011 show in parenthesis:
WreslteMania 28 -- 1,217,000 (1,059,000)
Extreme Rules -- 263,000 (209,000)
Over the Limit -- 167,000 (140,000)
No Way Out -- 194,000 (170,000)
WrestleMania is basically right where it was when the Observer initially reported it as having done that many buys while Extreme Rules is up from early estimations. The same can't be said for Over the Limit or No Way Out but the good news is the numbers are up from the same four shows last year. It's not a monumental shift but it does seem to signal the gradual decline in PPV business is finally over.