I'm at least happy that some of us here are humble enough to say "you know what? I love X superstar and that segment he did was shit." You can acknowledge when they're not doing their best work, instead of just saying "X was involved, that makes it amazing" or "X was involved, it was terrible". AKA blind devotion and blind hate. Its so damn irritating sometimes. The Bryan marks have been getting to me lately, especially.
I agree, but I think what happens, especially with a guy like Punk who isn't quite where he should be yet to a lot of people (Undisputed number 1 guy), they want him to succeed. And so they'll try to find any little thing they can to rationalize why Punk isn't responsible for that segment drawing poorly and the other guy is, or WWE is, or whatever. Sometimes though it's just bad advertising on WWE's part. I'm not sure where they advertised Punk/Show besides I think on SD (not sure where I read it, but I know I read it). But why didn't they make that match the week prior on Raw? AJ comes out or they do a quick backstage skit where AJ announces it to open the show up? I don't know if it would've made a major difference, but it would've been better to have that on top of the advertising they did.
Same thing happened with Lesnar/HHH last week. Now granted it did still get the highest number of the night, but the gain still felt underwhelming, and I'd like to believe as a Lesnar mark that the reason it didn't gain more was because of little to no advertising. But like I said, they got the highest number last week, and the overrun got the highest number this week so maybe they just capped out on what they could do and advertising wouldn't of helped. But who knows?
But yeah, I'd say those are valid reasons why those two portions of the show didn't do as well as they maybe could've. But I still did and will admit again that the fact Punk/Show pulled out THAT LOW of a quarter hour isn't good at all in the slightest for either man or the feud, regardless of how bad the advertising was. Even with little to no advertisement, with internet and modern technology word of mouth spreads quickly, and if people heard that Taker was making his entrance to the ring, especially with how long his entrance is
, I'm sure people would've tuned in and it would've gotten a higher rating. I'm sure that's what happened the last 3-hour Raw before it became permanent, the one Vince was on where his appearance wasn't advertised to be at the start of the show, but it was and it drew well. So the fact Punk and Show couldn't do that shows they really aren't proven draws yet. They draw, but just not on "that" level yet. They just aren't consistent.