Maybe the ratings were bad because noone wants to see Punk face Ryback or Cena. Maybe they wanna see Punk face someone good and different. Punk going against 2 supermen isnt interesting.
I always find it funny ppl blame one guy which is usually Punk yet Vinny Mac was advertised for the show, Cena was gonna be on the show and the new guy ppl are saying is a draw in Ryback. They are going against MNF they will never win especially when the demographic that watches wwe also watches the NFL and im pretty sure they would rather watch a live football game and watch Raw on YouTube.
Funny im sure if ratings were great it'll be due to the "only draw" in wrestling Cena or maybe Vinny Mac, hell im sure ppl would say Ryback is drawing the ratingz.
Or perhaps the ratings are bad because people are tired of seeing Punk all the time? The guy's been champ for 330+ days, and in my personal opinion, it's been the most boring long WWE title reign since Diesel. And it's been boring to me because of the wrestler who's champ and the fact that he predictably goes over at every PPV. The WWE title scene has been terrible because Punk is garbage at selling his opponents as credible threats, while he monotonously builds himself up as better than everyone else on the show.
Punk was on screen (including replays, and excluding commercials), for over 1/4th of the show the last 3 weeks, and his storyline has been getting somewhere in the ballpark of 3/4ths of the promo/storyline time each Raw in the same timespan.
So while I'm all for not blaming a single guy for an entire show's ratings, I can't ignore the fact that ratings are tanking when a single guy is getting all the significant attention to detail in both stories and promos.
Almost nothing else is going on but Punk's stuff right now. So while you can say the midcard's booked like shit, you can't say Punk isn't because he's getting metic-fucktons of air time right now.
Time for a change, even if that change is just giving the title back to Cena. The reason that's acceptable to me is that even though Cena will be champ again, at least his storylines don't suck up most of the show's storyline segments like Punk's do.