AEW presented a special live episode of Rampage from Miami this week and they also had some stiff competition from WWE. SmackDown ran an extra thirty minutes and AEW fired back with a Buy-In show.

As of this writing, the AEW Buy-In before Rampage this week generated 552,000 views. That number will only go up, but it seems to be the amount of fans who had immediate enough interest to take in the show.

Bryan Danielson vs Minoru Suzuki couldn’t even help AEW reach a higher number. It should be noted that as of last night around midnight the Buy-In special had around 350,000 views.

The live viewership for the Buy-In reached around 98,000 viewers. That is not a huge dent in WWE’s numbers at all. We will have to see if Tony Khan’s company continues this counter-programming effort against WWE.

In comparison, AEW Dark: Elevation this week brought in 383k views and Tuesday’s AEW Dark received 222k views. It should also be noted that WWE’s video of Brock Lesnar on SmackDown currently has over 1.8 million views.

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