One of the biggest feuds within WWE is between two of their largest wrestlers in Kane and Braun Strowman. The problem though, is that fans don't really seem to care as much as they should, which is a problem for the company.
The Big Show recently sat down and did an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, and he said he believes WWE rushed the storyline between Kane and Strowman, which is why the feud hasn't taken off like it should have.
“Sometimes, when stories are rushed or put together too fast, people can’t enjoy them,” said Big Show. “That’s the only criticism I have with our industry right now, it’s really tough to build stories like we used to.
“The writing was on the wall for my fight with Braun Strowman, because he looked like my replacement as the next dominant giant. When I came out in ‘95, even though it was part of the storyline, I was known as the next evolution of Andre, the next giant. I was that young, athletic, trash-talking monster. That was my introduction to the industry, and I was able to build on that. Braun Strowman is the next evolution of that monster. He’s athletic and explosive.”
Big Show also said that he does believe Kane deserves to be a part of WWE's weekly shows, despite what some critics might think.
“I think Kane is fantastic, but I don’t think people were ready for the angle between Kane and Braun or their match,” said Big Show. “Technically, psychologically, mechanically, there is nothing wrong with the matches, but people don’t like the story of the two opponents in the match. The crowd hasn’t been able to get into it yet, but with social media and our business, criticism is going to be a lot more prevalent.”
Kane and Strowman wrestled this past Monday night on Raw, live from Cleveland, Ohio, in order to determine who will take on Brock Lesnar at next month's Royal Rumble, for a chance at the Universal Championship.
Unfortunately, the match between Strowman and Kane ended in a double count-out, so no one won. This isn't a surprise, since Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE plans on announcing a Triple Threat Match between Strowman, Kane and Lesnar, according to GiveMeSport.com.
I really appreciate Big Show's honesty about the feud between Strowman and Kane. I'm also sure that WWE isn't crazy about what he had to say, but it's probably true. He's been in the business long enough and understands how things work.
I'm also sure that WWE agrees with Big Show and could even regret rushing the story between Kane and Strowman. Now they need to figure out how to create more interest in it.
As Forbes has pointed out, the ratings for Raw last week really dropped as the show went on, leading up to the match between Strowman and Kane. In comparison, from the first to the third hour, the television ratings dropped by 23 percent. This is the biggest drop in ratings that the show has experienced since it moved to a three hour format.
Ratings are a great way for a company to know if something is working or not and if WWE continues to get the idea that their fans aren't into the Strowman-Kane feud they might need to squash it.
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