Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
I only find this thread amusing because most of the people defending Punk and blaming creative are the same guys who will run into anti Orton or Sheamus threads and say what rating killers they are. Hell even Del Rio or Miz for that matter too. When you're guy doesn't draw it's creative. When it's someone you don't like it's them.
The difference between SD and Raw is SD gets 55-60% of the audience so the smarks actually matter on that show. They read the spoilers and decide if they want to watch and that will spike viewership. Their viewership however just doesn't transfer to Raw and that shows why Ratings success Daniel Bryan is not a ratings success on Raw. I'm not saying he's a failure or anything like it's just he's not a draw. Same goes for Punk. They have their audience, they buy their gear, but it's a fixed audience and it doesn't rise the show ratings. Hardcore wrestling fans tend to watch Raw regardless and then complain on this site that they'll never watch again. Does that sound familiar?
Not really hating on Bryan there either.
I think when you look at the roster there's 5 guys now that established or over enough to build around (Cena, Orton, Punk, Bryan, Sheamus) and you have another 5 guys that could occasionally occupy some time too (Mysterio, Del Rio, Miz, Rhodes, Barrett).
The roster isn't bad it's just very few people are being used right. You spend a year building Miz then you completely bury him. There's no true top heel right now. Daniel Bryan is the closest thing but he barely qualifies as a heel. I know fans don't want to boo him but if he was paired with Lauranitis right now he'd be over as sh** as a heel. From there you can easily tie him to Lesnar who kayfaybe wise was brought in by Big Johnny.