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The initial buyrate estimates for Great American Bash certainly don’t paint a rosy picture of the state of SmackDown. The PPV, headlined by JBL vs. Batista, scored an estimated 200,000 buys. Although the first estimates are usually a bit lower than the final number, the PPV is still dangerously close to being the worst-performing WWE event this year.

Considering WWE has opted to continue two of the more prominent storylines – JBL/Batista and Guerrero/Mysterio – through Summerslam, the news is extremely alarming.

Prior to this PPV, the WWE No Way Out event was the year’s worst performer.

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