It’s a surprise to nobody that the buyrate for Survivor Series 2013 is the lowest it has ever been. The preliminary buyrate numbers have been revealed, and Survivor Series 2013 earned only 179,000 buys. This is down from last year’s show which got 208,000 buys, and in 2011 when the show earned 281,000 buys.
Survivor Series was one of the original PPVs that the WWE created back in the ’80s. It is often referred to as one of the “big four” PPVs along with the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania and SummerSlam. Over the years though, the WWE have lazily booked the show and its prestige fell because of it. The last time the event felt big was back in 2011 when the Rock returned to team up with John Cena.
Survivor Series 2013 was a shocking show which featured matches that nobody cared about. Cena defended his World Heavyweight Title against Alberto Del Rio. This was a throwaway match considering Cena has faced and beaten Del Rio many times before. Many people knew Cena was going to win and the match had a weak build-up anyway.
The worst part of the show was booking Randy Orton vs. Big Show as the main event. New and popular stars should be pushed in main events in 2013, and not someone like Big Show. Sure he’s a nice guy, but this isn’t a match people want to see in 2013. Not to mention, Orton vs. Big Show is a match people have seen thousands of times in the past.
I predicted the show would be a flop and I was right. Let’s hope this is a huge wake-up call to the WWE so they won’t make such a colossal mistake ever again.