WWE Raw Fans Shouldn’t Be Upset About Brock Lesnar Vs. Braun Strowman Vs. Kane At Royal Rumble
December 19, 2017 - WWE
WWE Raw has a categorical eventuality for The Royal Rumble as Brock Lesnar will urge his Universal Championship opposite Braun Strowman and Kane in a triple hazard match.
Reports had flush late final month that Lesnar would not be fortifying his pretension during a pay-per-view due to a miss of suitable opponents. The suspicion was that Lesnar has already faced many of a red brand’s tip stars, including Samoa Joe, Strowman, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, so there was a necessity of options since WWE is vigilant on doing Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns during WrestleMania 34. Throw in reports that Vince McMahon isn’t a fan of Finn Balor, and WWE found itself with a large Brock Lesnar problem.
The emanate with engagement Lesnar so strongly for so prolonged is that everybody else, even Strowman, has been portrayed as defective to “The Beast.” But law be told, it doesn’t matter who faces Lesnar during The Royal Rumble. Especially with it probably set in mill that Lesnar vs. Reigns is function during WrestleMania 34, Lesnar’s Royal Rumble competition means small to zero on a pay-per-view in that a 30-man Royal Rumble compare is what sells a show.
In fact, sold matches meant reduction now than they arguably ever have.
Even WWE officials themselves are apparently of a faith that a association doesn’t have to go all out with a PPV categorical events. According to a Wrestling Observer (h/t WrestleZone), a proof is that WWE fans shouldn’t design marquee categorical events for each PPV since a WWE Network usually costs $10 as against to a normal $60 it once cost for singular PPVs, that is one of a categorical reasons because we saw Jinder Mahal get a categorical eventuality pull starting during Backlash behind in May.
Barring a in-ring lapse of a star like The Rock or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a days of one sold star dramatically boosting business for a singular compare seem to be over and finished with. In fact, WWE installed adult a Royal Rumble label final year with AJ Styles vs. John Cena and a ridiculously star-studded Royal Rumble compare that enclosed Lesnar, Goldberg and The Undertaker, and yet, it didn’t outcome in a large boost WWE might have expected.
According to WrestlingNewsWorld.com, “WWE Network had 1.5 million paid subscribers as of Jan 31, 2017…They averaged 1.41 million subscribers in a fourth entertain of 2016. WWE formerly reported 1.458 million subscribers during a finish of a third entertain in 2016.” In essence, WWE combined only 42,000 WWE Network subscribers in Jan 2017 even yet The Royal Rumble build relied heavily on 3 of a company’s biggest part-time stars in Undertaker, Goldberg and Lesnar.
Thus, should we practically expect any Lesnar compare to significantly impact a WWE Network subscriber count this year? Probably not.