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Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
It seems as though having Cena and Rock team up at Survivor Series managed to make Rock's status as a megastar whose visiting WWE necessitated dramatic increases in eyeballs to the product jump the shark. 500,000 gain for one of the most heavily advertised segments WWE's thrown at us in ages? Rather weak. Looking at the segment-by-segment breakdown, that means The Rock Concert didn't even come close to hitting the viewership total that Michaels/Undertaker/Triple H enjoyed at the top of Hour 2.
Triple H/Undertaker/Michaels is blowing everything else away in build-up.
It's sad that they still haven't been able to average five million viewers for an entire Raw during this year's Road to Wrestlemania season. 5.6 million was the new sweet spot for the last couple of years for the average viewership of Raw throughout the entire Road to Wrestlemania, and now five million seems like Mount Olympus. With The Rock vs. John Cena!
I said it last week and I'll say it again. You can't have a one-way feud when it's supposed to be the biggest match in history or whatever they're trying to hype this as. Why can't they simply revisit what angered Rock in the first place? His motivation for this match is completely blurred and almost nonexistent at this point. They have to get their shit together with this damned angle in the last two weeks, but I know those words make up the sound of a broken record.
I hope they have Punk kick off Raw next week with one of the most emotional promos he's ever cut. It's the perfect venue, Philadelphia, the home of ROH. It could be a lightly-WWEified version of his Raven promo in 2003 concerning his father, directed at Jericho. Punk/Jericho did very well in the opening segment a couple of weeks ago, and if they let Punk deliver the goods with a hot Philly crowd to kick off the show, it could perform exceptionally here and bring this feud home.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.