The early estimates are in for the TNA Bound for Glory 2012 buyrate and while it was the biggest show of the year, it's down from years prior.
Preliminary estimates are in for the TNA Bound for Glory pay-per-view (PPV) event that took place this past Oct. 14, 2012, from the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, traditionally the promotion's biggest show of the year.
That holds true for this year, as well.
That's according to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which brings word of a solid number, relatively speaking of course, but one that is down from year's prior.
Preliminary estimates have Bound for Glory doing 20,000 buys, which would be slightly down from last year and way down from 2010, but would be the company's best showing of the year, beating Lockdown, that was estimated at about 17,000 buys.
This year's show featured Jeff Hardy taking on Austin Aries in the TNA heavyweight championship opportunity he earned by winning the months long Bound for Glory (BFG) Series. The undercard support included match-ups pitting James Storm vs. Bobby Roode in a grudge match and Aces and 8s vs. Sting and Bully Ray.
Last year's show benefited from a Hulk Hogan vs. Sting match, as well as a Roode title shot against Kurt Angle after winning the first ever BFG Series. The 2010 event saw the big "They" reveal, which, disappointment or not, proved to be a big draw at the box office.
What this really shows is the disparity between the number one and number two pro wrestling promotions in the United States. While 20,000 buys for BFG is more or less considered a success, that number would have to jump to somewhere around 200,000 to say the same about WWE. And that's for a "B" show. If we're talking the company's biggest show of the year, WrestleMania, it's not even in the ballpark.