Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
Hogan's only job when he was on top was against Warrior, and from mid-97 onwards Austin never lost clean. Before yes, when he wasn't on top yet. I don't think he ever lost clean after coming back from his neck injury except for his last match against Rock, and then you could very well argue that he wasn't the top guy anymore.
And your argument on why it didn't matter if Austin ever lost clean only reveals your personal prejudice to Cena.
The product being more directed to children isn't the issue here, booking is. For decades wrestling was a family oriented show in all of the USA (don't believe it, most wrestling shows aired on weekend mornings when children were usually watching) and that included *shock-gasp* children.
From a business standpoint aiming your product at children is a hell of a lot more lucrative because a child doesn't go to a wrestling show alone, at least one of his parents must also go, so that's two tickets for the price of one. Compare that to the generally anti-social, man-child, x-generation wannabe reject, slime of humanity that is the average "wrestling fan".
The so despised "casual fan" is what keeps any promotion above indy-level alive, so they should be the target audience.