Real reason why Randy Orton vs Big Show isn’t on Extreme Rules. The unsanctioned match will take place on WWE RAW next week instead.
Randy Orton has received a new lease on life in the WWE. Following his feud with Edge, the Viper has become one of the most exciting superstars across all of WWE’s brands. However, in spite of that, Orton’s name is nowhere on the Extreme Rules card.
Orton recently challenged Big Show to an unsanctioned match and Show accepted. It was speculated that the match would take place on Pay per View instead, it will take place on next week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
Real reason why Randy Orton vs Big Show isn’t on Extreme Rules
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer has stated that the reason why Orton vs Show hasn’t found a place on Extreme Rules is because officials believe that their match could help boost ratings for next week’s episode.
The idea is that the match is unlikely to add to their network buys but could help with their dwindling rating on their weekly television episodes. This past Monday’s go-home show drew only 1.561 million viewers — the lowest viewership in the history of the show.
“[The decision] 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,” Meltzer said. “At least they’d better hope for that because it will be scary if they put that match on television and don’t get a significant improvement.”
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