WWE released its monthly business figures just yesterday and based on the numbers the company provides, it appears the Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) that took place on Sun., May 19, 2013, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, did somewhere between 225-250,000 buys.
That's with Brock Lesnar in the main event against Triple H in a steel cage match that represented the blowoff to their near year long feud.
One would think the number is a disappointing one, at least from the perspective of the powers that be within WWE. That's because it fails to match the buyrate the promotion pulled just last year with Lesnar in his first match back as a pro wrestler losing to John Cena.
Here's how the last three years have looked:
2011: 209,000 (Cena vs. Miz vs. John Morrison)
2012: 263,000 (Lesnar vs. Cena)
2013: 225-250,000 (Lesnar vs. Triple H)
This may simply serve to further the notion that while Lesnar is a big enough star to move the needle in the right direction for any PPV he appears on, it's probably for the best if WWE keeps him on the big shows, like SummerSlam and Survivor Series.
After all, the first Lesnar vs. Triple H match took place at SummerSlam 2012 and did 358,000 buys, which was up from the 296,000 the show did one year prior.
It should be noted that this year's number is not yet official and won't be until a bit later on this year when the company releases its second quarter earnings report. That's also when we'll get a definitive number for the WrestleMania 29 buyrate that still seems to be fluctuating depending on who you ask.