This is the rockmark contradiction that is annoying
Creative can kill Rocks momentum and star power so it is not his fault stuff does not draw.
But somehow when it comes to the rest of the roster, they suck and it's not because of the booking/creative but because they can't get over themselves and suck.
(except for HHH/Taker one guy who books his own shit and one who only works once a year and is working with the guy who is booking his own stuff)
Why can't we all just hate Steph/Creative/Vince and their shit ideas together?
It's okay when Punk's white-hot storyline is turned into a complete circle jerk fiasco that breaks a hundred laws of pro wrestling, because he wasn't gonna ever draw anyway, eh? But if Rock doesn't draw viewers like trout to aquatic insects, it is down to creative, pure and simple. They dropped the ball. Never mind that Rock was gone for months on end, last time he was seen he kicked three guys' asses and every appearance of his is treated like the Second Coming, whereas, for the benefit of mere counter point, Punk had to wade deep into the mess of the entire late August-to-late October "Summer of Punk-Cum-Conspiracy-Cum-Utter Fuckery" angle, never really satisfactorily avenging his bedevilment at the varied hands of Nash and Awesome Truth, and then awkwardly thrown into an angle with Alberto Del Rio.
And I have to say, RockAE316
hasn't disappointed. Now not only is this the worst roster of all times~!, but apparently WWE is in the shape of WCW in the year 2000. Business is down across the board but WWE's not exactly at death's door quite yet. Hyperbole does not become thee. Doth protest too much.
Obviously Daytona 500 hurt Raw's rating. Obviously the 3.1 rating as a simple number is not something to get worked up over all by itself. Want proof? A mere year and a half ago, in August 2010, Raw drew two back-to-back viewership numbers of 4,660,000, roughly the same number for this week's viewership and each Raw had 3.3 ratings. February and March are much more arduous television months than August. And, yes, Daytona 500 doubtless had a deleterious effect on the rating.
sting, though, is that The Rock actually, actively, lost viewers
. There's just no way around that and I dare anyone to try. The promo was honestly all over the place, and while parts of it were entertaining, the whole never quite equaled the sum of its parts.
But enough about the week-to-week ratings. Sure, they matter. But this complete obsession over them at the expense of all else is ridiculous. WWE needs an overall hot product again. Rock did help a lot last year. The year before, they still had Batista and Michaels, Bret Hart was around for whatever that was worth, with a lot of great build-up consistently strewn throughout the product. Each of the last two years, the viewership average for Raw during the Road to Wrestlemania was 5.6 million viewers.
I have to think the USA Network is going to be eyeing the numbers of the next few Raws with considerable interest.
The real good news for WWE/USA is that I am sure that the upcoming Raws will be more balanced affairs. Triple H/Undertaker/Shawn Michaels build-up was utterly absent from this week's Raw and it hurt them. It hurt them rather badly, honestly. Put them at the top of the second hour and you probably have a significantly different picture.
Oh yeah, but let's talk about how WWE is going to die inside of 30 months. Because this is surely the worst it's ever been for Vinnie Mac!