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WWE TLC 2012 Buyrate Released

The WWE Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2012 buyrate is one of the more eagerly anticipated buyrates in recent memory. How would the event do without a true main-event? Well, that all depends upon your expectations.

The buyrate is in and I’d say it is…well okay. The show did an estimated 170,000 buys. The number is down from the previous year which featured Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk vs. The Miz for the WWE title at 179,000 buys. The show is a much larger dip from the 2010 event which featured the John Cena vs. Nexus conclusion.

One piece of this that does interest me is how the replay did. The show had very low expectations going in but turned out to be one of the better shows of the year. Both The Shield vs. Team Hell No and Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena turned out to be great matches. I would suspect that a big part of that number came from fans who wanted to catch the replay after reading all of the great reviews.

[adinserter block=”1″]I’d say the number is a huge disappointment coming off of the number CM Punk vs. Ryback did at the Hell in a Cell which did 200,000 buys. The WWE really caught lightning in a bottle with Punk and Ryback at that particular time, thanks to a John Cena injury. The original main-event for TLC was Punk vs. Ryback in a rematch. I have to think that the number would have been higher with the original main-event.

I’d say that by looking at the card on paper that 170,000 is a fairly respectable number. I am sure having Cena beat Ziggler on RAW before the match didn’t help, but nonetheless they were able to put together a somewhat sensible storyline in a short time for the match.

As for The Shield, I didn’t think there would be that much interest from casual fans in watching these guys debut. I think they are going to have a tougher time than some think of getting over to the mass audience. Unfortunately Daniel Bryan and Kane had been booked as something of a comedy act up to that point which also didn’t help.

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