The AEW Revolution PPV on Sunday, March 7 grossed approx. $5 million, a record for AEW achieved by reaching over 125,000 PPV buys globally.
The Young Bucks defeating the team of Chris Jericho & MJF, Hikaru Shida taking down Ryo Mizunami to retain the Women’s World Championship, & Kenny Omega beating Jon Moxley in a ridiculously fun Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match – just a few highlights of a card with 9 matches in total.
Regardless of the underwhelming “time bomb” explosion to close to the show, after splitting revenues with various pay-per-view distributors, AEW will net more than $2 million in revenue for the show.
Retail price for the PPV was $50 in the U.S. and most of Canada, whereas here in the UK (via Fite.tv) we paid £19.99 (approx. $27). Proceeds from PPV sales are split with distributors, who keep the narrow majority of the revenue. The standard split domestically is 45% to the content provider. Splits in international markets are slightly less favourable, according to WrestleNomics.
AEW admitted around 1,150 paid attendees at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida (according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter) at an estimated average ticket price of $65. The advertised ticket price range for the PPV was $40 to $90.
AEW holds 4 big PPV shows every year, Revolution marks the first PPV show of 2021. With time to build compelling storylines and matches, the PPV’s feel less rushed and more rewarding for AEW fans. Those fans must now wait a “short” 10 weeks before the next AEW PPV – Double or Nothing scheduled for the 30th May 2021.
Further ahead, AEW All Out (September) and AEW Full Gear (November) are the remaining two PPV’s to look forward to this year.
With the record now achieved, and the bar very much set, AEW will hope to build on the great success of 2020 in which they handled the quite unique circumstances.