On this past week’s Raw, Alexa Bliss would confront General Manager Kurt Angle in efforts to argue about her defending the Raw Women’s Championship in the Elimination Chamber. During the segment, Bliss would point out that WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar doesn’t have to defend his Championship in the Men’s Chamber. Angle then countered with Lesnar defending his Championship at the Rumble, however Bliss hasn’t defended her Championship since October.
Essentially, the promo was meant to spotlight Bliss’ argument of being a woman to being the reason why she has to participate in the Chamber. Her strongest point was her shade against Lesnar. However, Angle’s counters blatantly glossed over Lesnar’s part-time status as he continued to put the Beast over. Overall the segment left me shaking my head because even though Bliss addressed the elephant in the room with Lesnar, Angle’s response was WWE’s way of laughing in our faces.
Since Lesnar won the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33 last spring, he has defended it a handful of times with just as much appearances. The whole Lesnar and Goldberg feud was to settle a “what if” scenario that brought everyone involved a plethora of cash. Other than to fill stadiums and fill wallets of the powers that be, Lesnar’s place on Raw is rather invalid. It’s so funny that Paul Heyman includes “defending” in his introduction of Lesnar considering the light schedule. It’s meant to be a big deal to face Lesnar in this day and age but the unstoppable monster gimmick is played out.
WWE knows what fans say about Lesnar and his light schedule, but that is why they scapegoat fans through segments such as Bliss and Angle to pull the troll factor. It’s kind of like what CM Punk referenced to in his Pipebomb with the line “Because after I’m gone, you’re still going to pour money into this company. I’m just a spoke on the wheel. The wheel is going to keep turning and I understand that. Vince McMahon is going to make money despite himself.”
That’s the jist of it; at the end of the day, money talks. It’s been proven over and over again not only with Lesnar, but with The Rock and now we can add Ronda Rousey to this list. The money coming in is a pro but it’s been a con for those who have worked hard year round and have tried relentlessly to get that main event spot. Again, the Pipebomb echoes that sentiment.
The decades-long argument of who gets slighted in favor of the part time talent will still be the conversation for some time. WWE will keep that going with someone else down the road, just like with they did with CM Punk, there’s John Cena, The Rock, and Roman Reigns for example. It’s a controversial topic, and everyone knows controversy creates cash. If it is a chance to really stick it to the fanbase, then the company won’t hesitate to take advantage of it. It’s the way it is these days.
Lesnar’s reign is over 300 days with only 6 defenses. For the Universal Championship to be Raw’s main Championship, it’s almost non-existent. But Lesnar is the company’s cash cow for the big shows, and that makes it okay? WWE thinks so, and that’s why we get those moments.