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Join Date: Oct 2009
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Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
Guess this is where the reality check has to be reissued. And I'd say this if we were back in 2004-2007 talking about Orton or in late 1999 talking about Triple H. The fact that we're comparing CM Punk and Daniel Bryan to Randy Orton, much less guys like Cena and Triple H and Undertaker, is hilarious. What's next, can Sheamus draw six million viewers by cutting his "Wrestlemania decision" promo? Punk's superpush began seven months ago. (And it had a very choppy, messed up midsection.) Daniel Bryan was dragged back into relevancy, as Smackdown's Mr. Money in the Bank... a mere two or three months ago.
Conversely, taking a look at what Miz did as WWE Champion one year ago in a match against his World Heavyweight Champion rival, Edge, which took place two months after Miz was finally formally sanctioned as a main-eventer through winning the WWE Championship and declaring him "terrible" is likewise hilarious.
Why not take a look at what kind of impact Miz made in his average quarter hour once he was firmly established at the top of the card through his "Rock Impersonation" star-making overrun segment on March 14 of last year? The following week he drew practically a million viewers all by his lonesome due to being hyped as "Making Miztory." (Sure, Cena did show up in the end, but by that point the overrun only had another couple of minutes left to go. And the audience had been told repeatedly that Cena was not at Raw that week, having sustained injuries from Miz's beatdown the week before. That quarter hour is almost solely down to The Miz and what he and they were able to do with his star status the previous week.)
We could also discuss how big Triple H became following the shotgun wedding with Stephanie. Or how Orton was able to finally flirt with being an actual significant ratings draw through feuding with the McMahon Family and Triple H in early 2009.
Funny thing about stars or "draws." They usually take at least some time and effort to create.
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Last edited by DesolationRow; 02-02-2012 at 08:27 PM.