Originally Posted by Starbuck
You're going to start shit with that Orton comment lol. His peak trumps Punk's peak by a considerable distance but at the same time, Orton had a much more established supporting cast. As for the whole SD thing, if the roles were reversed and Punk was on SD as the sole 'star' I don't think the ratings there would be any better with him at the helm. The problem on SD is much worse than on Raw.
But Orton was also the top merch seller and got cheered despite being a heel so it's clear that he was a big draw on his own despite having a better supporting cast than the whole roster put together today.