WWE News: 'WWE Smackdown' Ratings After Brock Lesnar Return Announcement Revealed

Jon Fisher

Saturday night, at UFC 200, Brock Lesnar will attempt to make his comeback to the octagon a legendary one with a win against Mark Hunt in the co-main event. It was over a month ago when Lesnar made his return to the octagon public as he announced his opponent on ESPN. As soon as fans learned of his huge announcement, doubt began to surround his future with the WWE. Will he ever come back? Well, it was confirmed that the WWE is allowing him to fight under their contract.

This all comes after Stephanie McMahon said they wouldn't promote his fight because the two entities are separate. Even if Lesnar gets bludgeoned in the first 10 seconds, it won't affect his WWE status.

"Brock is a unique proposition, but just to get to the broader question: UFC is not a competitor to the WWE because we are entertainment and UFC is competitive sport. It's very different."

— WWE (@WWE) July 8, 2016

Well, according to Daily Wrestling News,WWE Smackdown had an increase of fans watching Thursday night.

Last night's WWE SmackDown, with Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn in the main event and the Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton WWE SummerSlam announcement advertised, drew 2.241 million viewers. This is up from last week's show, which drew 2.080 million viewers.

SmackDown was #15 for the night in viewership, due to the various mainstream news programs covering the shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota.

SmackDown tied at #3 for the night in the 18-49 demographic with European Championship Football on ESPN and two airings of CNN Tonight.

SmackDown was #15 for the night in viewership, due to the various mainstream news programs covering the shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota.

SmackDown tied at #3 for the night in the 18-49 demographic with European Championship Football on ESPN and two airings of CNN Tonight.

The aforementioned dollar figure is the largest guaranteed fight purse in UFC history. If Lesnar gets for his comeback fight, who's to say he can't receive that for future fights? For one appearance in the octagon, Lesnar is already making history. He headlined UFC 100 and will co-main event UFC 200. The WWE should be worried about his future as a WWE superstar. If the UFC 200 fight was just the reminder he needed as to how much he loves fighting, perhaps that SummerSlam match will be the last for a long time.

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