Punk's trends are up because he left the company. Bryan had articles published on him from websites like Washington Post, USA Today, and his chants is all over sports. Hell, there was a random Daniel Bryan chant during a random NCAA college game :https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203591837099398
. Bryan was way more popular the last year. His new merch is already close to surpassing Cena's and it came out a month ago. And the moments I mentioned were not yes chants. People were chanting Bryan's name during the championship ascension ceremony (not Punk's), people were chanting for Bryan to face Cena for the title at Summerslam (not Punk), people were chanting for Bryan to win the Rumble (not Punk). Punk hasn't had any level of fandom close to that.
Bryan is already a better ratings mover than Punk ever was. His segments are gaining the most viewers no matter what slot he's in. His numbers aren't that high?
two weeks ago he had the highest gain since Rock was on TV. Hell, Bryan was gaining the most ratings during the fall when Cena was off TV and when they were in direct competition with football. What happened the one week WWE took Cena off TV during the fall when Punk was champion? Oh yeah, the lowest non holiday RAW rating of all time happened
Even before Punk left, he still trends more than him now. Those are from his hometown. Also that NCAA game
it seems like it was a handful of guys or even just one guy chanting his name, that doesn't prove shit dude there is people that are wrestling fans that watch other sports
. Other ones like when some team for DC telling the crowd to chant YES, fact is those guys chanted it because the player asked them not that they know him outside the business because they certainly don't give a damn about him. Plus why does that have to matter, Punk is more popular in his hometown than Bryan is in his place. Punk in 2011 for his pipebomb got higher mainstream than Bryan now, go check the google trends again. Nope Bryan merch is nowhere near Cena, Meltzer said he's far away number one. And in online orders Punk is still number 2 even tho he's not in the company. You can have your hopes but he's not gonna outsold Cena.
Really? you want to be that guy. Bryan was the only choice for Cena, chanting his name means nothing since he wasn't surrounded by any top star that matters. You think people will not chant for Punk if he was in Bryans position
, he was feuding with Lesnar. In that case in one of Raw episodes people voted for Punk to face The Rock in the RR not Cena or Show or whatever the other guy was. People weren't chanting for Bryan to win the RR, people were chanting for him because he didn't appear, if Punk or even Reigns won the RR they will be fine with it but since Batista won they got mad. Keep on being delusional, if google trends or merch is not enough to prove Punk is still more popular or more mainstream than Bryan then I don't know what else I can say.
Seriously where do you get those from, it's not facts. Bryan numbers aren't that high, it isn't as high as Punk last year in 2013 with Rock, Cena and Taker. So stop with this shit. The one from two weeks ago was when there was 80-100 people in the ring which obviously had a lot of factor for it to be that high, it was something different and unique for the viewer to see. Other weeks even tho he might have had the highest of the show, it still isn't that high that's why the overall rating isn't as high as last year. By the way Batista was getting the highest ratings for 4 or 5 straight weeks starting from the day before the rumble and after the rumble. Last week had no Bryan but still had higher rating than the previous week. Plus the week prior that got a 2.96 rating which is the lowest RTWM rating in 18 years or so.
This is from the same article you showed. Bryan had more top stars than Punk in 2012 and it's not even debatable. Compare the roster in 2012 to 2013 and it's not the same. Fact is if you wanna use the saying with no Cena, well with no Cena HIAC had a good buy which was higher than the previous year. Punk is a bigger draw in buys compared to Bryan who did the lowest buys for the company history
. Got saved by Cena/HBK return and without Punk/Lesnar in SS it would have been a disaster, easily the lowest ppv buy for SS
Caldwell's Analysis: It was clearly going to be a rough outing this week after last week's poor rating and Raw going against the Cowboys vs. Bears this week, but the reality of Raw's ratings situation is very startling. It should send WWE a few messages: the bill is coming due on WWE's procrastination developing the next John Cena or a combination of tip-top stars to fill the gap when he's off TV for even one week, they need to start taking better care of their stars who could be the next Cena, they have to create a hook for the following week because they're giving away everything and leaving viewers wanting nothing in this three-hour Raw era, and stars are being over-exposed. C.M. Punk has been in six major segments the past two weeks - it's just too much. Plus, add in a new TV show on Wednesdays and two hours of Smackdown after the Smackdown brand dominates Raw, and there's a lot of content to fill without a roster to handle the load and draw in an audience.
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