‘Double A’ Arn Anderson has shared his opinion of WWE pay-per-view events being too close together between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
A wealth of pay-per-view events has been a common complaint with devotees for decades, ever since the company switched from it’s big five to monthly showings with In Your House in 1995. Unable to build feuds and believable storylines with just weeks until the next big event, the company have often been lambasted by fans for not returning back to it’s pre-1995 pay-per-view calendar.
Now, former WCW World Television Champion Arn Anderson has taken to his ARN podcast in order to agree with such fans and speak on his experience of helping to cram events between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania:
“There wasn’t much time between the Rumble and WrestleMania, probably not enough. It always felt like after the Rumble, the WrestleMania main event was set and you were pretty much now in a position where we got our main event, now let’s start filling the blanks around it. When you had to immediately build to Fastlane, as soon as Fastlane was over then you had a rushed build to WrestleMania. I just felt like that was one pay per view that was jammed in there that we could’ve done without.
It always felt too me it was just crammed in there. I love that pay per view every 4 months and man, build it huge. It just seemed like to me that’s the one pay per view, once you had the Rumble, Fastlane could have easily went away and it wouldn’t have pissed anybody off.”
In recent years, the company have upped their output between it’s two biggest events of the year with both Fastlane and Elimination Chamber placed between the bookends of Royal Rumble and WrestleMania in order to tie-up loose ends with storylines.
In 2021, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will defend his coveted gold inside the hellish structure against five former champions while Roman Reigns will put his prize on the line immediately after the SmackDown offering against the winner of the blue bout.
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Credit for the interview: ARN podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.