Re: So, let me get this straight...
People misunderstood the whole "shoot" angle because the only reason why he was being a rebel was because he was leaving and had nothing to lose. Once he was re-signed kayfabe wise, that killed the momentum and the character isn't allowed to shoot as much. The problem with the die hard super Punk marks is that they want him to be bigger than John Cena. If you want him closing the shows then he has to do it as a heel. He's not John Cena, he can't be put into John Cena's role. He's too cookie cutter as a babyface, and cheering him after the shoot was the worse thing to do to that character, he's such a natural heel, but he would make a good heel champion. As a face, he doesn't stand out.
People complain about newer talent not getting over, but what they mean is that their favourite isn't getting over, everyone else can go to hell. I'm for as many people getting over as possible, it would improve the show and the more over people there are, the more avenues there are to push new talent, yes, your favourites are more likely to get pushed if there are more over people to feud with.