AEW All Out from September 5th has broken a 22-year-old pay-per-view record.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that All Out scored the largest pay-per-view buy rate for a non-WWE event since April 1999. This of course would make the show the most successful PPV in company history.
While the final figures aren’t yet available, current indications show that the event scored more than 205,000 buys.
“We don’t have full PPV numbers but right now they already have more than 205,000 buys accounted for at press time. […] At 200,000 to 220,000 buys, it would be the largest PPV number for a non-WWE show since the April 11, 1999 Spring Stampede, and more likely, the March 14, 1999, Uncensored show headlined by Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan for the WCW title.”
AEW All Out flipped the wrestling world on its head with shock debuts, title changes, anticipated returns and a visitor through the Forbidden Door.
After Kenny Omega retained his AEW World Championship against Christian Cage in the main event, there was still time for two debuts. Adam Cole arrived first re-joining The Elite much to the delight of the champion. Although there wasn’t much time to celebrate as Bryan Danielson debuted to a thunderous ovation standing tall as the show went off the air.
Elsewhere, Ruby Soho, formerly Ruby Riott, debuted to win the Women’s Casino Battle Royale. In the process, the former WWE Superstar earned a shot at Britt Baker’s AEW Women’s World Title. After returning to professional wrestling in August, CM Punk also returned to action for the first time in more than seven years.
The show also saw new Tag Team Champions crowned as the Lucha Brothers dethroned The Young Bucks in a chaotic Cage Match. Meanwhile, New Japan legend Minoru Suzuki came cashing through the Forbidden Door and into Jon Moxley, confronting the former AEW Champion.
The post-All Out episode of Dynamite also secured the second highest rating in the show’s history. The show drew an average of 1,319,000 viewers, while beating Monday Night RAW in the key 18-49 year old demographic for the first time.