It was someone’s idea. Going to see a live wrestling show is one of the most entertaining things you can do as a fan. I know it seems to be a little simplistic, but being a wrestling fan ultimately boils down to watching wrestling. Most fans are going to watch WWE on television but if you’re lucky enough to get to see it in person, it’s quite the treat. Now, WWE is trying to enhance things a little bit.
Last week, Randy Orton seemed to injure his knees at a WWE live event in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The injury seemed like it was going to put Orton on the shelf for a long time, though he ultimately revealed it to be a ruse to get one up on AJ Styles. This came a few days after Andrade defeated Rey Mysterio in Madison Square Garden at the December 26 live event. As Ric Flair would say, what’s causing all this?
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the idea behind the two moves was to try and boost live event attendance. Attendance for recent live events have been down as fans do not see them as mattering and therefore do not go. The idea now is to make fans believe that they might see something of note at a live event. As for the Orton angle, the idea was conceived by Paul Heyman.
Both angles meant something. Check out some of the fallout:
Opinion: This is the kind of thing that could make a difference in the short term but if WWE wants the attendance numbers to go up, they have to do something like this more than every few years. It helps a lot for the time being, but fans are going to get what is going on in a hurry. At the same time, it would help more to have some better stories and feuds which might make the fans want to come and see the shows on a regular basis.
Which story was more interesting? How would you boost live event attendance? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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