COMMENTARY | Without question Brock Lesnar is one of the biggest draws in professional wrestling despite being used on a part-time basis. The former WWE, UFC and NCAA Champion commands a level of respect and interest from fans that makes them want to spend money to see him perform.
However, nobody in their right mind is going to pay money to see Lesnar's match at the Royal Rumble this Sunday, Jan. 26. Lesnar is scheduled to take on The Big Show in a one-on-one match that not only wastes Lesnar's talent on an opponent who is of little importance to fans right now, but it also wastes the time of the millions of fans who tune in every week.
Let's start with The Big Show. While a surefire Hall of Famer and one of the true giants in wrestling, Show is not on Lesnar's level when it comes to in-ring competition right now. After being buried for months by The Authority, Show somehow earned a title shot at Survivor Series, where he lost to Randy Orton. Since then, he's basically floundered around Raw each week until standing up to Lesnar a few weeks back at Old School Raw.
Despite his impressive size, fans simply do not care about Big Show at the moment. There are easily four or five babyfaces on the roster right now with more heat and credibility than him. The WWE would've been better off using Big E Langston to take on Lesnar, as a strong showing by Langston would do a lot to give him legitimacy in the eyes of fans even if he lost to Lesnar.
Not to mention we've seen Lesnar and Show battle before, more than 11 years ago! No one wants to pay money to see a feud that first took place in November 2002. These two simply cannot top what they've done in the past, so why would anyone expect something worthwhile this time around?
And that's why this match is a waste of time for fans. With Lesnar declaring himself the number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, I would be shocked if he lost Sunday and honestly, coming off his recent string of matches, there is no way anyone could believe Big Show is winning.
But it's also a waste because fans want to see Lesnar in matches they've never seen before against opponents who can compete with him. Since returning in April 2012, Lesnar feuded with John Cena, Triple H and CM Punk, all big names and legit contenders against him.
Imagine if Lesnar was in the actual Royal Rumble match and came out somewhere around No. 20 with a ring full of superstars. After entering the ring, Lesnar could toss five or six guys out and clean house leaving him standing alone in the middle of the ring when suddenly Batista's music hits. I can guarantee the fans in the arena and watching at home would go nuts and remember that moment for a lifetime. It would also be a moment worth wasting one of Lesnar's limited dates on, unlike the match he'll be in Sunday.
The WWE has very few members on its roster that command the sort of attention and interest that Lesnar does. Using him in a throw-away match at such an important event, is a poor decision by the WWE and one it could regret. Lesnar has been in the news a lot lately regarding whether or not he plans to return to the UFC when his deal with the WWE is up next year.
If you're Brock Lesnar and this is the best the WWE can come up with, maybe the UFC doesn't sound so bad.
Matt Durr is a reporter from Michigan who has watched professional wrestling since he was 3 years old. Not just a WWE fan, Matt enjoys Ring of Honor and Japanese wrestling. He has covered University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University athletics for Annarbor.com. Follow him on Twitter @mdurr84.
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