It's been the same all year and for as long as I can remember now tbh. The only segments that can pull huge numbers like that are the ones involving names like Rock, HHH, Taker, Cena, Vince etc. They're the only ones that seem to be able to do it. People are tuning in to see these guys whenever they got something going on and then tuning out when their bit is up. Same problem that's only ever going to be fixed by involving the younger guys with the big guns and putting them over but yet here we're sitting with HHH/Taker and Jericho/Punk which does nobody any favors in the long run. They should have went with HHH/Punk to give Punk eyeballs and Jericho/Miz imo to give Miz eyeballs and a solid program. Instead, when Mania is over and Rock, Taker and HHH are gone again, nobody will have been elevated coming out of Mania therefore the shows still have no star power therefore nobody watches in big numbers like this because the younger guys aren't holding their interest. It's a vicious circle lol.
Exactly. This Wrestlemania is going to do huge numbers, but guys like Punk and Miz and Sheamus are still not going to be completely "made" at it. At the absolute best
, perhaps Punk going over Jericho can be roughly the equivalent of Cena going over JBL at Wrestlemania XXI (not in pure comparative terms, because as much as I like Punk he's not where Cena was then, but he's at least continually making strides), Sheamus going over Daniel Bryan can be like Edge becoming Mr. Money in the Bank and, well, Miz's storyline is that he has no match for Wrestlelmania, lol. Unless they pull a Mick Foley or something like that out of their ass, he's probably screwed this year, but we'll see.
Ah well. Maybe next year we'll see guys like Punk and Sheamus and Miz and perhaps Zack Ryder (who it appears won't even be on the show?!, say it ain't so) taken to the next level. We NEED
, or, I should say, WWE NEEDS
, Punk vs. Triple H next year. With a huge sprawling angle. Punk is getting so close, and he may end up accruing more benefits from this Jericho feud than what I would have thought likely only a short week ago, but if they had just gone with Triple H turning leading to Punk/Trips at Wrestlemania, I'd be willing to bet the farm that he'd finally be seen as something roughly resembling Cena's equal. And that is what WWE needs most of all. That and closing the WWE Films division, which singlehandedly brutalized them in their fourth quarter of 2011, lol.