With WWE having its next pay-per-view event, Extreme Rules, this coming Sunday night, there were some fans who questioned the booking decision done by the company to not have a match between two big names on the card.
WWE has already announced that Randy Orton is set to face Big Show in an unsanctioned match on Monday’s episode of Raw.
This comes after the two stars have been feud for the last few weeks. The contest was set up when Orton issued a challenge that was quickly accepted by the future WWE Hall of Famer.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the reason for this contest being saved for Raw instead of taking place at Extreme Rules is due to the low ratings of Raw and how quickly numbers have fallen.
Meltzer added, “That does make sense because that match isn’t going to add any network buyers, which is how you make money today off a PPV, but after this past week’s record low, Show vs. Orton should avert coming even close to another record low next week.”
This past Monday’s episode of Raw, which served as the go-home show of the red brand for Extreme Rules, did 1.561 million viewers. This marked the lowest viewership in the history of the show.