The buy rate for AEW All Out 2022 has reportedly been revealed.
It has been somewhat forgotten as a result of the chaos that followed, but there was actually a wrestling show before CM Punk’s remarkable media scrum appearance which ended in a backstage brawl.
At AEW All Out 2022, Punk actually defeated Jon Moxley in the main event in front of his adoring Chicago public to claim the AEW World Championship for a second time.
The show also featured the shock AEW return of MJF who while under a mask won the Casino Ladder Match. Following the main event, the masked man was revealed to be MJF and he confronted new champion CM Punk.
Elsewhere on the show, Toni Storm was crowned Interim AEW Women’s World Champion, and Chris Jericho defeated Bryan Danielson.
It has now been reported by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the show did between 135,000 and 142,000 buys. This figure doesn’t include digital purchases and accounts for only cable/satellite buys in the United States.
Should the above figure be confirmed it will mark the first time that an AEW pay-per-view hasn’t surpassed the number of buys from the previous year. By contrast All Out 2021 did a reported 205,000 buys which remains a company record.
The 2021 edition of the show saw the AEW debuts of Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole and Ruby Soho.
All Out 2022 was marred by a serious backstage incident following the event. After winning the AEW World Championship in the main event, CM Punk appeared in the post-show media scrum and launched an astonishing verbal attack on Colt Cabana, the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page.
Incredibly during the whole tirade, AEW President Tony Khan was sat just feet away, and allowed to continue unchecked to the surprise of many.
His comments sparked a brawl backstage and has led to a number of suspensions.