WWE Royal Rumble 2018: Braun Strowman Defeating Brock Lesnar And 5 Smart Booking Decisions
January 28, 2018 - WWE
WWE Royal Rumble 2018 is a initial central stop on a highway to WrestleMania 34 and is a star-studded uncover on that AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar will urge their titles while tip superstars like John Cena and Roman Reigns will contest in a Royal Rumble match.
Perhaps a biggest hitch on a card, however, is a first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, arguably a biggest compare in a story of WWE’s women’s multiplication and one that could continue the impressive expansion of women’s wrestling. Last year’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view bumped adult a WWE Network subscriber count ever so somewhat to 1.5 million, yet that uncover had a advantage of featuring Styles vs. Cena and a installed Royal Rumble compare with a likes of Lesnar, Goldberg and The Undertaker.
The wish within WWE is that one of this year’s large attractions will be a women’s Royal Rumble match, that when total with Lesnar stepping into a ring with Braun Strowman and a participation of Cena, Reigns and maybe a few surprises, could be adequate to boost a WWE Network subscriber count and TV ratings on a highway to WrestleMania 34. Especially with new suitors rising for WWE’s subsequent TV deal, this is a time in that WWE contingency be on a A-game and safeguard that a product is during a comprehensive best.
Thus, The Royal Rumble will be a pivotal PPV for WWE, that delivered a series of muted events in 2017 that did small to rivet or excite fans. The new year means WWE should benefaction some-more opportunities to newer stars and try to keep long-time fans around while also attracting a new era of fans who will stay glued to a product over 2018. As always, that comes down to a booking, that was controversial during times in 2017 and needs to urge significantly this year.
Here are 5 intelligent engagement decisions WWE contingency make during a 2018 Royal Rumble.
AJ Styles Retains The WWE Championship
AJ Styles has been the best star on SmackDown given he was drafted there in a summer of 2016, carrying a blue brand’s categorical eventuality design for many of a final year and a half.
Unfortunately for Styles, he found himself losing a WWE Championship during a 2017 Royal Rumble, that meant that he didn’t get to attend in a universe pretension compare during WrestleMania 33. Styles, however, would have a best hitch on a uncover opposite Shane McMahon, proof accurately since he’s so critical to SmackDown and since he deserves to have a WWE Championship compare on a grandest theatre of them all.
The numbers don’t lie, and they uncover that Styles is a No. 1 male on a blue brand, commanding a show’s rankings in terms of popularity, sell sales and maybe even in a ability to pull new fans as well. Styles has a tough 2-on-1 encumber compare opposite Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn during Royal Rumble, and with all indications suggesting that Owens is in line for an even bigger push than what he’s already getting, it wouldn’t be warn if this compare was finished to get a WWE pretension on Owens.
However, a smartest pierce is to keep a pretension on Styles, a male who has proven in a past to generate extensive YouTube viewership and headlined a fifth many events that captivated during slightest 10,000 fans (seven) final year, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, even yet he spent many of a year in a midcard. Just as important, a peculiarity of SmackDown has been during a best when Styles is champion while, on a flip side, a everlasting play between Owens, Sami Zayn, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan has dominated a blue code so many that it’s been a outrageous wreckage to a show.
The final thing SmackDown needs is for Owens or Zayn to win a title, that is an nonessential partial of their storyline with Shane. The WWE pretension belongs on Styles, a blue brand’s tip star and a male who is some-more than honourable of a WWE pretension compare during WrestleMania 34.
Ronda Rousey Appears In The Women’s Royal Rumble
The January 1st book of the WON reported that Ronda Rousey’s filming report would make it hard, yet not impossible, for her to seem during a Royal Rumble, and Rousey herself is denying she will be during a PPV.
However, that hasn’t prevented a oddsmakers from positioning Rousey as one of a betting favorites to win a match, as she was indeed a original betting favorite and now has a second best odds behind usually Asuka. She was recently speckled dining with Triple H, who radically suggested that the dual sides are deliberating a intensity WWE deal, that is maybe a misfortune kept tip in all of pro wrestling.
At this point, it would be a finish shocker if Rousey didn’t combat for WWE, nonetheless when she indeed debuts still seems to be adult in a air. The ideal theatre for that would be a women’s Royal Rumble match, generally since it’s a first-ever hitch of a kind, that means that WWE’s women’s multiplication will have some-more eyes examination than maybe ever before. Rousey, of course, is a ideal lady to make even some-more fans balance in since she was recently ranked as a many famous womanlike contestant in a universe by ESPN.
For WWE, that means that a Royal Rumble coming by Rousey is guaranteed to outcome in some-more mainstream publicity, that would assistance not usually Rousey yet all of WWE, generally a women’s division. Styles probably put it best when he had a following to contend about part-timers early final year: “So, am we indignant during guys who go partial time? Absolutely not. It [means] some-more opportunities for guys like me.”
The same is loyal of Rousey, who would equal some-more bearing for a women’s multiplication were she to seem during a Royal Rumble. Win or lose.