Originally Posted by Starbuck
I don't see why not. From a ratings standpoint thing haven't been up to par but they have nobody to blame but themselves for that. Mania 28 travel packages and general tickets sold out pretty damn fast. People wanted to see and still want to see the match. I have no doubt it will still do a big buyrate too. But something has happened along the line that has turned people off. Either that or all the initial hype surrounding Rock's return last year and his freshness has well and truly worn off at this stage. The simple fact is and I'll stand by this because I honestly believe it to be true, people don't want to see 2 guys legitimately trying to bury each other. That's not how wrestling works and it's never been how it works. Year on year they've lost a million or so viewers. I think that's a testament to that fact. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Most folks were expecting Rock vs. Cena. What we have got these past few weeks has been Dwayne vs. John. The former was pulling record numbers and had immense interest. The latter is struggling to break 5 million viewers every week. Take that for what you will.
You're right about how fast it sold out and ultimately the buyrate is what matters but I don't think it's possible to hold the public's interest over a year's period given the circumstances.
As much as we want to pick the fued apart I do think they're doing the best they possibly can do. They only way they can build this match is thru promos and finishers. There's only so much you can do with that and we're now on their 10th promo and 5th in ring confrontation. No matter what they do it's going to get old.
As for losing viewers. Wrestling has been losing viewers for quite some time now. That's whole different subject and involves multiple factors such as MMA's increasing popularity, and the rise of competition on cable television. They got a spark last year from Rock's return. They had the opportunity to provide a spark this year too with Shaq but weren't bright enough to pull it off.