One of the reasons for WWE taking the title off of Roman Reigns at last night’s WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view may involve the house show business. According to reports, WWE live event attendance in the month of May dropped from 5,600 last year to 3,900 this year. That is a big 30% decline. Although John Cena had been out of action with an injury, the “A” and “B” house show tours had been doing close to the same numbers which is not a good sign. The “B” live events are usually run in the smaller towns and venues, and were headlined by Dean Ambrose.
On this morning’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said the following: “Last month the ‘B’ shows with Dean Ambrose, that were often in smaller markets, were drawing just as well as the ‘A’ shows with Roman Reigns. Roman Reigns is drawing really bad. Before he wasn’t, but now he is, so now it’s an issue. Does that mean that it led to this [title change], or is this just another way to get Roman Reigns more over, because that’s been the goal for the last however long? Time will tell.”