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Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
I think I predicted this for Jericho/Punk.
"I love Chris Jericho to death, I love CM Punk, but if WWE is truly looking to book a Road to Wrestlemania feud between those two for the WWE Championship, I foresee weak quarter hours for a feud that will be viewed as a distant, distant almost quasi-midcard match for Wrestlemania beneath The Rock and John Cena. The only way to cement Punk at this point due in large part to WWE's botching of the Summer of Punk as we entered autumn was to have the feud everyone wanted, with a newly heel-turned Triple H. That would stand up as a worthy WWE Championship match and would draw strong ratings and would manage to not be utterly overshadowed by Rock/Cena the way I guarantee Jericho/Punk will be. Oh well. Again, I love Punk, I love Jericho (and I love Triple H!) but Jericho is not suited to put Punk over the top as a firmly entrenched megastar who can actually draw on his own. Triple H is."
It has to be repeated. And made more clear.
Forget about elevating Punk. Forget about it. I'd sincerely just like to see a WWE Championship program that doesn't get blown away by Rock/Cena and Triple H/Undertaker in importance. Remember how Cena/Batista was a match that, even in the face of the Streak vs. Career match, could easily have headlined that year's Wrestlemania? (In fact, Cena and Batista did much better at drawing in their segments, as Michaels has never drawn especially well, necessarily and Taker can be hit and miss depending who he's working with.)
So far the angle is better-written than Triple H/Jericho from ten years ago, but then, it'd be hard to match that in awfulness. But that doesn't mean it's going to draw that much better, or be anything but a glorified midcard match at Wrestlemania. It's sad. All of that build for Punk, and it's probably all going to add up to just about nothing in the end (at least as far as this Wrestlemania-to-Wrestlemania 2011-to-2012 year goes).
There's one band-aid they can use and they must. For the rest of the Road to Wrestlemania, or at least beginning after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Jericho/Punk should open every Raw; Triple H/Undertaker should take the 10:00pm slot; Rock/Cena the final segment and overrun.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.