Survivor Series welcomed WarGames to the WWE main roster for the first time but the show could be set to break an unwanted record for the company.
Survivor Series was headlined by The Bloodline showing their dominance in the WarGames cage by defeating The Brawling Brutes, Drew McIntyre, and Kevin Owens. Many had wondered where Sami Zayn’s loyalties lay heading into the match but he more than repaid Roman Reigns’ faith in him as he left his former best friend Kevin Owens at the mercy of Jey Uso, allowing The Bloodline to pick up the win.
Becky Lynch made her big return to the ring for the first time since separating her shoulder at SummerSlam. Lynch picked up the victory for her team which also featured Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Mia Yim, and Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.
The show might have been a critical success for the company but according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, Survivor Series 2022 might break a record for all the wrong reasons:
“Right now it is slightly lower than Crown Jewel (in pay-per-view buys), which is the lowest pay-per-view show in the history of the company. Which – it means something and it doesn’t mean something. It means something as far as in comparison to all of the other shows this year, yes it means something because the situation’s exactly alike. But when you compare it to 10 years ago, of course, there’s no comparison.”
The reason that pay-per-view numbers from years gone by are now irrelevant is down to most viewers choosing to watch WWE premium live events through Peacock or the WWE Network. Meltzer continued:
“And the number is relatively small no matter what, but this was… it’s right now slightly behind Crown Jewel so as of today, it is the lowest in history. It will undoubtedly be by tomorrow because it’s so close, be ahead of Crown Jewel, but it is 35% below Extreme Rules. But this was a major (event). The Google searches were not at the level of a major.”
“I know that the live gate was very good and a lot of people watched it on Peacock, but the general public interest level in this show was down, and another thing that showed that was the Monday rating (for Raw). Unlike after Extreme Rules with Bray Wyatt where they got one of the biggest numbers of the year.”
“Basically the gist is that it wasn’t as anticipated as Extreme Rules, not even close. Or any of the other big shows. SummerSlam was huge, SummerSlam did about triple the pay-per-view buys of Survivor Series.”
“So it was a low number, and across the board when you look at the interest levels and everything like that, you can see that – it was a good show – but the interest level was not there compared to many of the pay-per-views this year include ones that are not considered big four events.”