Yes, Punk retaining the Title was more important than Ryback's streak.
Val Venis or Goldust?
I realise where they're going and that WWE will push Roman Reigns straight to the top. However for me, Dean Ambrose is by far the most talented in that group and I think eventually if they just give him the spotlight then he's going to shine. As soon as he touches a mic everyone else can just sit down as he's magic on it. So It remains to be seen, I think they're all talented but to me Dean was the star of that group. I think Roman looks like the star of that group but I don't think he's nearly as talented as Dean.
ECW by default I guess though I only followed it in 06 and sporadically in 07. I don't watch NXT at all. Only thing I've ever seen from that show is the "Best of CM Punk on commentary" video on YT which was thoroughly entertaining.
WM 30 - MSG or Rogers Center? (In case you don't know, Rogers Centre is the Skydome where WM 18 was held)