AEW’s latest pay per view Double or Nothing 2022 has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, being highly praised as one of the best AEW shows so far.
The event was broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was headlined by CM Punk defeating Adam Page for the AEW Championship in a blockbuster match. It was the most anticipated match on the card alongside others matches like MJF vs Wardlow and the finals of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament.
By the end of the show, the best match on the card was considered to be the Anarchy in the Arena match between the Jericho Appreciation Society and the team of Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz and the Blackpool Combat Club. The match was rated five stars by Dave Meltzer and was one of the best AEW matches of all time.
Featuring such a star-studded line up and exciting matchups, AEW Double or Nothing 2022 was hoping for a good number of pay per view buys. Their previous records had been broken since the return of CM Punk to wrestling at All Out 2021, and Tony Khan was hoping for the run to continue.
It appears as though that run did continue and that buy records for AEW Double or Nothing have broken AEW’s record for their biggest show ever. Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the show’s early estimated indicate that they sold upwards of 150,000 buys of the show, going up to potentially 155,000.
This is more than last years Double or Nothing in 2021, which achieved a sensational 140,000 buys. That show saw Kenny Omega defend his AEW Championship against PAC and Orange Cassidy, whilst the main event had The Inner Circle take on The Pinnacle in a Stadium Stampede match.
Meltzer also noted that only 3.2% of fans ordered AEW Double or Nothing and WWE’s premier wrestling event Wrestlemania. However, that statistic only denoted pay per view buys and did not count those who watch the WWE shows on Peacock or the WWE Network, which is the most popular way of viewing the shows.
Double or Nothing 2022 broke records as the highest buy rate for the show, but it was not AEW’s biggest ever pay per view buy. With CM Punk’s debut match at All Out 2022, over 200,000 people paid to watch All Out 2022, a buy rate which has yet to be matched for AEW.
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