WWE will need to sell almost 6,000 more tickets before Sunday night if they want the Survivor Series to be a sellout. With only tonight’s go-home SmackDown to sell fans on the event, it doesn’t look like the company will be able to move that many tickets.
There are less tickets out on the secondary market for the show, as well. WWE often has close to 7,000 secondary market tickets for shows at the Barclays Center. There are only 910 secondary market tickets out for Survivor Series. This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter went into more detail.
“At press time, there were 9,509 tickets out and more than 7,000 tickets sold for the show, with about 6,000 tickets remaining for a legitimate sellout although they will probably set the building up for about 10,000 to 11,000 rather than 15,600 and it will be full. The secondary market get-in price is $38, which would traditionally be very low for the New York market for a big show and not high for any market, particularly with the scarcity of supply with only 910 tickets out.
WWE has had in the past as many as 7,000 tickets out for big Barclays shows on the secondary market and one of the reasons the advance is so far behind Barclays Center shows of the past is the lack of interest by ticket brokers. Still, with higher ticket prices than ever, the gate itself will be strong based on previous standards.”
WWE is trailing AEW in ticket sales by a dramatic margin when both companies run the UBS Center on Long Island. WWE has long thought of NYC as their home base, but AEW is gaining ground in the market quickly. The inability to sell out a major pay-per-view with a 15,000-seat arrangement must have many in the WWE front office furious.
The show has been plagued by a shocking lack of promotion. The competitors in the signature Survivor Series elimination tag matches were announced on Twitter instead of on Raw or SmackDown. Then, they were randomly changed several times. The main event of the show was promoted as a near afterthought, even though it is a huge champion vs champion matchup.
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