Originally Posted by The Great Below
Cena is the bigger star, so Ryback/Cena would draw more than Ryback/Punk. I can't see how you'd argue otherwise. No matter the focus, they have another RAW to shift it back to both Cena and Ryback hunting Punk.
Umm no. That's already ruined. You can't keep jerking back and forth. Ryback lost and Cena got a title shot just because, its nonsense and Survivor Series buyrate isn't going up because this triple threat is on it. In fact I'm sure some people are less inclined to see it now because its back to the same ol' shit. Cena shoehorned into another main event.
This also leads to the decision: who you gonna put over? Cena? 13x WWE champion that doesn't need another title win, Ryback a rookie that hasn't worked a full match yet? Or keep the strap on Punk and make both Ryback & Cena look weak?
By leaving the SS match intact Punk could have lost in a somewhat meaningful fashion that leads to a bigger match at TLC but now what do you have? Clusterfuck? More Cena/Punk or more Punk/Ryback, even though both would have lost twice to Punk already. That's money down the toilet. No point in building Ryback just to have him continually lose in PPV main events 2-3 months straight. No point in giving Cena the strap again and its a waste of Punk's year long run just for Cena to end it.