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WWE News: Brock Lesnar Vs. ????? ????? Confirmed For ‘SummerSlam’ & The First Sub-2.0 WWE RAW TV Rating Since 1997



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During the Fourth of July edition of Monday Night Raw, WWE promised that they would announce Brock Lesnar’s SummerSlam opponent during Tuesday’s SmackDown taping. However, there was no announcement regarding the matter. But there’s still been a ton of speculation regarding who Lesnar will be facing this coming August, and now the Wrestling Observer has confirmed that “The Beast” will be facing former multi-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton.

 

The Lesnar vs. Orton match-up is dependent on Lesnar’s health coming out of UFC 200, because if he gets badly hurt during his fight with Mark Hunt, then he may not be able to wrestle on August 21 in Brooklyn, New York. It’s also now been reported that, due to a potential doping violation by Jon Jones, the Jones vs. Cormier fight is off of the UFC 200 card, and Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt will be the show’s new main event. So, now we’re really going to see if Lesnar still has the drawing power that he once did during his first run with the UFC.

 

Orton of course is going to be returning to WWE television at some point in the next month. He’s been out of action since last fall due to a shoulder injury, and unless WWE has him wrestle on Raw or SmackDown prior to SummerSlam, his first match back will be against Brock Lesnar.

 

There have also been reports that Orton has been suffering from some neck issues, and that he may need surgery at some point in the future. But as of right now, he can continue to wrestle with the injury, although returning for a match with Lesnar where he’s going to have to take multiple German Suplexes may not be the best idea for a guy with neck issues.

Lesnar and Orton started out together in Ohio Valley Wrestling [OVW] — WWE’s developmental territory prior to FCW and NXT — and they both ended up winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in their early 20s. In fact, Orton ended up breaking Lesnar’s record as the youngest WWE World Champion ever when he won the Title back in the summer of 2004.

 

Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar have wrestled each other once before back in 2002, but it was a quick, squash match. At the time, Lesnar had just won the WWE Championship, and Orton was a young guy who wasn’t established yet. So, Lesnar pretty much destroyed him.

 

Lesnar vs. Orton has been a match that WWE fans have been dying to see ever since Lesnar returned to WWE back in the spring of 2012. So now, WWE is finally giving their fans what they’ve wanted to see for nearly four years now.

It’s unclear exactly when Randy Orton will return to WWE television, but, as previously mentioned, if he’s going to wrestle at SummerSlam, he should be returning within the next month or so. As of this writing, Orton is planning on heading down to the WWE Performance Center next week to begin knocking off the ring-rust.

As for Lesnar, he said at Wednesday’s UFC 200 press conference that he’s booked with WWE all through August, so that suggests that he’ll be returning to WWE television at some point next month, although he didn’t say how many appearances he’s planning on making prior to SummerSlam.

Right now, Lesnar is a babyface, and it’s unclear if Orton will be returning to the company as a heel or if his match with Lesnar will be a “battle of the good guys.” It’s also unclear which rosters Lesnar and Orton will be on following this month’s WWE draft, or if they’ll even be involved in the draft.


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WWE RAW on Monday did a 1.87 television rating, according to the Pro Wrestling Torch. Because of the Independence Day holiday, it was expected to be among the lowest-rated episodes ever. This is probably the sixth- or the seventh-lowest rating* since beginning of the Monday Night Wars in September 1995.

http://www.wrestling...ing-since-1997/

 

The overall decline in ratings may be attributable to a number of factors surrounding the evolving media environment: WWE being viewable on YouTube and Hulu, USA Network just recently becoming available on Sling, DVR use, the three-hour length of the program fatiguing viewers, etc. Regardless of the reasons, the overall decline of WWE's TV ratings are still concerning in that they will affect future TV rights deals. Money from current TV deals represented 35% of WWE's revenue in 2015: that's more than the WWE Network or any other single segment of their business. The company's largest TV deals are up for renegotiation by 2019.

 

The overall decline in ratings may be attributable to a number of factors surrounding the evolving media environment: WWE being viewable on YouTube and Hulu, USA Network just recently becoming available on Sling, DVR use, the three-hour length of the program fatiguing viewers, etc. Regardless of the reasons, the overall decline of WWE's TV ratings are still concerning in that they will affect future TV rights deals. Money from current TV deals represented 35% of WWE's revenue in 2015: that's more than the WWE Network or any other single segment of their business. The company's largest TV deals are up for renegotiation by 2019.

 

Barring a real surge in popularity for WWE, its ratings will likely continue to decline as time goes on. It's true the viewership of most programs, especially scripted ones, are declining sharply. Live programming, especially live sports are holding up better. Whether networks still consider live content such as RAW and SmackDown to be as valuable in 2019 as they did during the last TV rights negotiations in 2014, is probably the biggest question for WWE going forward.

*Records of WWE RAW TV ratings collected from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter only go to one decimal place, until 1998 when it began reporting the rating with two decimal places. So the 1.9 on March 3, 1997, could have been rounded from anywhere between a 1.85 and a 1.94. Similar for two 1.8 ratings on September 25, 1995 and October 14, 1996, and the 1.9 rating on September 25, 1995 -- it's unclear whether the July 4, 2016 rating is higher, lower or the same as those ratings. However, if the two 1.8 ratings were only rounded between 1.75 and 1.84, which seems more likely, Monday's rating would be higher than either of those.

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Edited by BombCentralGaming, 09 July 2016 - 05:50 PM.


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This is getting dangerously close to TNA level ratings.



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This is getting dangerously close to TNA level ratings.

And we will have a competition between companies. xD



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So... Orton vs Lesnar at Summerslam?
Well then, one or two Germans with a half-assed landing and Orton is back in the injury list again.



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I wouldnt put much stock into this weeks Declined Rating it was the 4th of July. Many Viewer were at BBQs or out Watching Fireworks instead of Raw.. 



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I wouldnt put much stock into this weeks Declined Rating it was the 4th of July. Many Viewer were at BBQs or out Watching Fireworks instead of Raw.. 

...that, and it doesn't look like they factor in those who DVR the show for later.



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I like Orton vs Lesnar, but all Brock's matches are the same. It's hard to get excited for them with the way he's booked.

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If Brock Lesnar wins at UFC 200, then he's most definitely gonna win at SummerSlam, because if he beats Mark Hunt in UFC, then who beats Lesnar in WWE and gets the rub? If anyone says "Roman Reigns" or "Braun Strowman," then I will fucking laugh at them.
 
On the other hand. If he loses at UFC 200, then it's very likely that he'll probably lose at SummerSlam.






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