Originally Posted by SarcasmoBlaster
Yup. This is a huge problem for the company as a whole. The closest thing they have to the big face you mention is Cena, and when at least 50% of the fanbase doesn't want to see him win the title, that's a problem. Not to mention the fact that all the momentum in that feud has been lost, partly due to Cena's injury, and partly due to the fact that they've already had them fight, and Cena lose, too many times.
They've got the same problem on the heel side. Say you've got a babyface who you want to put over in a big way. Well, there's only one heel on the active roster who can put anyone over in meaningful way and that's Punk. So, you've got a company where there's no clear #1 face that everyone is behind, and only one real, big-time heel that is capable of putting guys over. It's a problem whose roots go all the way back to 2009, when they failed to build new stars after a rash of established guys left. It took years to do, and it'll probably take years to undo (unfortunately for fans). It's issues like this, BIG issues, that have an effect on ratings. Way more so than "Guy X has the title" Super-fans can't see the forest through the trees though.
Exactly. The Ryback situation is a perfect example of what's bad about only having Punk to put guys over. Punk is something WWE desperately needs because without big heels you can't tell good stories (not even the shady quality they are writing now). If Ryback goes over Punk there's a big risk of an anti-climax since there will be no one else for Ryback to face that has any credibility, and that jump is pretty much going from nobody to unopposed.
Of course some feel that it's an anti-climax that Ryback doesn't get this rub now but I think that's a lesser problem than what the other scenario would present. We can only hope that this new stable is written well enough so it's a first step to fixing this mess.
Do you even read what you say? How can anyone prove to be a better draw if nobody other than Punk has been champion for the whole year?
And even hardcore Punk marks have accepted that he can't draw, you might as well join them.
You don't have to have a title to draw. As someone said a few pages back even The Rock had most of his best days chasing the title, rather than being champion. Since he's one of the biggest draws of all time that shows that it's rather being in good main event stories that is being at the top and the title is just a feud prop in that regard. Of course the title means something, but not so much as you seem to allude to.
Therefor the drawing responsibility isn't solely on Punk here, it's just as much with the faces chasing his title as well. It's just that there's no one that is a big draw anymore, which of course partially has to do with that wrestling overall isn't hot anymore, plus that the show is poorly written and very long so it's pretty demanding to sit through it on TV.