Re: Official Raw Ratings Thread 2013
Rock as champion+Lesnar coming back certainly helped things more than I thought they would. I knew Raw last week, being the fallout from the Rumble, would do a great number but it did even better than I thought. This week though, even with Lesnar returning and the hook they had, I thought they'd struggle to get around a 3.3, let alone a 3.5whateveritwas. Impressive that they've kept some great numbers up and look to be continuing with that. I mean really by logic, once Taker and HHH return, coupled with Rock and Lesnar being there, they should be getting more segments in the high 3.0's and maybe even 4.0. 3.7's-4.0's should become a normal thing in theory based on these last two weeks. However who knows? Could be that only those guys get high ratings but the rest of the show bombs terribly, moreso than usual, and that brings the average down.
Next week they should be fine. We know they'll have Rock. Lesnar should be there as well. I wouldn't be surprised if HHH makes an appearance as well... though they'll probably save him for EC or the Raw after EC. Maybe Stephanie will make an appearance and announce HHH will make a statement regarding Lesnar at the EC PPV to help out buys, or for Raw the next week. But Lesnar and Rock alone should (once again in theory) be enough to keep ratings in the 3.5 range at least, even with the lack of a hook and promotion. If what Rock marks say is true and that fans tuned in expecting Rock to show up as champion, that should apply for next week as well, right? So all should be good. Put Cena/Ryback/Sheamus/Shield in the opening, 9PM should go to Punk or Rock, 10PM goes to Lesnar/Heyman again, and overrun goes to both Punk and Rock. Have a Punk match, Cena match, Ryback match, and Sheamus match spread out throughout. Hell, they could put make singles matches between Cena, Sheamus, Ryback, and The Shield. Have say, Cena vs. Reins, Rollins vs. Ryback, and Ambrose vs. Sheamus. Have Ambrose beat Sheamus due to Shield interference, have Ryback end up beating Rollins, and then have Cena/Reins end in a no-contest with a big brawl between all the men involved in the 6-man tag, leaking backstage and into the parking lot, where The Shield make their escape and/or come up with something clever to knock out Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus and end up on top.
Plus have Jericho/Ziggler doing some stuff, maybe have some stuff go down for the World Title #1 contendership EC, maybe some final announcements, Del Rio/Show, keep bullshit like Tensai/Clay off the show, and ratings should be good.
Oh, and don't do Barrett/Orton again.
Hell, fuck it, I'll even make a basic outline for the show:
8-8:15- Cena starts off, followed by Sheamus and Ryback to cut promos. Shield comes out and they go back and fourth a bit on the mic (Shield will within the crowd). Then have Vickie or someone make the announcement of the matches I stated above, with Ambrose/Sheamus starting now.
8:15-8:30- Ambrose vs. Sheamus, with Ambrose beating Sheamus due to The Shield interfering.
8:30-8:45- Have a moderate level match here. Maybe do Henry vs. Bryan since I believe they're both in the chamber and they interacted last week.
8:45-9:00- Have a Sandow segment and/or Sandow/Orton match, Orton wins
9:00-9:15- Have Rock advertised to appear here and talk about Punk, and call out Punk. It gets revealed Punk isn't at the arena yet or something like that, and he'll call Punk out later. Doesn't have to be exactly like that.
9:15-9:30- Ryback vs. Rollins with Ryback beating Rollins to even up the score. At one point The rest of The Shield will try to interfere, but Cena/Sheamus will cut them off and they'll back down.
9:30-9:45- Do something with Jericho/Ziggler. Either a promo between the two or Jericho vs. Rhodes with Jericho going over, followed by Jericho getting laid out by Ziggler
9:45-10:00- Have another match between chamber participants if possible, or make final announcements for the chamber match if all 6 spots aren't filled (not sure if they've been yet or not)
10:00-10:15- Brock Lesnar/Heyman/Stephanie McMahon. Maybe announce HHH for EC as I mentioned above and if they want to go a step further, have Lesnar F-5 Stephanie.
10:15-10:30- Del Rio against Barrett. It's a fresh match-up, and can be promoted well as a champion vs. champion match. Have Show cost Del Rio the match, which helps out Barrett and the IC Title, as well as furthers the Show/Del Rio feud. (Which I know is very wishful thinking since it's Barrett, but oh well).
10:30-10:45- Cena/Reins with the scenario I posted above.
10:45-11:00- After video packages/HOF announcement and commercials, put something in here to bring us to around 10:55 or as close to 11:00 as possible and advertise Rock calling out Punk.
10:55-Overrun end- Rock's entrance, but Punk assaults Rock from behind on the ramp and beats the crap out of him with a chair/lead pipe/something, attacking the ribs and trying to re-injure them to give him an advantage going into WM. This goes into the ring with Punk just pounding on the mid-section of Rock. This lasts for a few minutes until referees pull Punk off. The show ends with Punk on the ramp smirking, maybe even taking the WWE Title belt to hold up, and a stretcher comes out, but Rock refuses the medical attention and while hanging on the second rope trying to balance himself stares down Punk to end the show.
Commercials will have to be put in matches/empty spots in those time slots, like I'm sure Henry/Bryan won't go the full 15 minutes, and same with Del Rio/Barrett.
I'm watching you...
Last edited by The Evil Santadow; 02-07-2013 at 03:08 PM.