Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
EDIT: Couple of good points above me. Nice to see the thread taking a momentary turn with actual discussions taking place.
Let's be honest with ourselves; three hours for a movie alone is hard enough as it is. Three hours for a weekly television show, coupled with a hefty cast of supporting shows like SmackDown, Main Event, etc, is murder and overkill to the highest degree. We all knew it was going to underline weaknesses the product had in it's two hour format, and it undoubtedly has done so (although I'm probably in the minority in thinking they've done some things better now than from what I saw earlier in the year).
It's a shame as the wrestling action has been really carried out well be many top-notch performers willing to improve, yet we have some people on this forum even saying they don't watch for the wrestling and only for an individuals speaking abilities or some crap. They blame the in-ring aspect for dwindling interest.
What many fans have come to realise as they've gotten older (and something the brass seem to have forgotten) is that all these...em, criterion I guess we class it as, are individual aspects that put over the feud or story being settled by two or more opponents. How well that angle is put over depends on the talent's abilities of course, but that is simply not enough if the story is lacklustre. Lots and lots of people want to see rivalries, feuds, and competition take place like real life situations and have the foundations of pro wrestling take over, drum it up as only pro wrestling can and still have people buy into the rivalry as if it were real life. They want to suspend belief for this stuff and want to buy into it.
I don't know if Vince or his underlings think that pro wrestling is an outdated concept, but playing mainstream catchup takes the best of both worlds and throws it to the dirt. It makes him and his company look ridiculously dated and desperate to everyone bar the unwashed masses and too-loyal patrons. People in the public that think that wrestling's gay fake fighting would have more ammunition against it, and the core fan base is turned away from it because it does, indeed, 'jump the shark'. Don't give into fickleness, but at least be pro active in improving the quality of it, old boy. Let those who know about the industry have a crack at it. Think about the marketing of it, but don't actively alienate people away when doing so.
As for the Punk dilemma, the only people who should be worried about it aren't so much his fans (many of whom claim they don't care about the ratings, yet jump for joy when he miraculously pulls out a good viewership number), but more so the company and the guy himself. Company is condemned to the knowledge of how they dropped the ball with his push in its early stages, and Punk is condemned to the knowledge that he's not the big commodity that he'd want to be and may well be on his last legs as a major player pending a superb program with Rock or someone else that rekindles some genuine spark from the masses. I'm of the belief his existent star power and appeal is withering badly with this run to the point where people may start to avoid him and his obnoxious reign as champ (as well as any other major runs in the future). Writing to someone's strengths and best abilities help give birth to a star, which is mush more significant and substantial than pushing anyone with muscles and height, and it would take great investment for a 365+ day reign to be captivating for even a significant portion. Aside from a couple of bright spots this hasn't been much more then run-of-the-mill, particularly after his heel turn. The elements were there I feel, but they were capitalised on in a shallow manner with not much thinking behind it all (outside the love triangle and events leading up to it, which worked for the most part in my mind).
That article posted was quite funny as well. People do seem to let the guy get to them with his snideness, grumpiness and little remarks here and there. The person behind CM Punk appears to hate ignorance in any capacity, especially in regards to his profession. I admit though it is a little funny to see it turned against him, as he does attract it with that apparent brash, obnoxious, I'm-smart-but-not-as-smart-as-I-wish-to-be attitude.
Last edited by -Skullbone-; 11-29-2012 at 11:58 PM.