Seriously. All I can do is
at that breakdown. Jesus Christ. Rock/Cena, year on year, must have lost about what, a million viewers? This time last year all their stuff was getting at least 3.5/well over 5 million viewers, even pushing into 6 iirc. And now look at them! I agree with DesoRow here. Involving Rock in Survivor Series was the jump the shark moment in terms of Rock's uber star power. The simple fact is, this thing is underperforming and pretty substantially at that. I just don't get how this has fucking happened. You take a legitimate biggest match of all time and people aren't tuning in to see it. It's mind boggling and if you ever needed proof that WWE can fuck up absolutely anything, here it is. I guess it all comes down to the fact that most folks, including myself, want some meat on the bones to this damn thing. Having 2 guys make fun of each other once is great, twice is still great, but a year later? Come on. And not only that, while the legit tension between may be a good thing as it brings an element of reality, the both of them trying to humiliate the other every week is turning people off. Since it was more light hearted this week I thought it would have done a lot better but no. The numbers this is getting would be great for anybody else but not Rock/Cena. It's just fucking unbelievable when you think about it.
Another thing that's unbelievable is the fact that the match that NOBODY wanted to see is absolutely killing it and everything else on the show, including Rock/Cena. HHH/Taker/HBK actually beat out Rock/Cena in terms of viewership this week. It fucking beat it. Think about that lol, it's crazy. Since it started, I think every HIAC segment has been well over 5 million viewers and has been a 3.6 at the very least. That is the mark of a program people want to see and it doesn't take 2 guesses to figure out why. The story behind this match is unreal and I honestly feel stupid for ever doubting them at this stage. Doesn't matter if it's Taker/HHH, HHH/HBK or HBK/Taker, any combination of the 3 of them produces the goods each week. They're leaving everything else in the dust tbh. Doesn't matter where on the show they are placed, at the start, 10pm or at the end. People are tuning in to see what happens in their droves. I can only wonder what they're going to do next week with the 3 of them in there lol.
Unfortunately, people are tuning in to see HHH/Taker/HBK in their droves and then leaving in their droves as soon as their bit is up. Punk/Miz losing practically all the people who tuned in before is sad. I know we've seen the match before and it's never done well but Jesus, you'd think at least a few people would stick around to watch the fucking WWE Champion in a match. That means that most people missed Jericho's promo too which sucks. I think they strategically placed Punk/Jericho after HBK/Taker so that anybody thinking of leaving when the latter was over would stay. It obviously didn't work. But hey, we all knew that this thing wasn't exactly going to set the world on fire so is it really a big surprise?
The only other thing to mention I guess is that several quarters which usually experience a drop didn't. The GM stuff actually gained and Q2's loss was minimal. Orton/Swagger gained too which is always good to see. So yeah, Rock/Cena underperforms again, HHH/HBK/Taker takes a crap on everything else and Punk/Jericho, while most weren't expecting it to do all that well, I think you have to chalk that up to being a bit of a disappointment tbh. At this rate, I don't think Rock/Cena can be saved tbh and I'm just taking it for what it is now. I'm really looking forward to the 3 way confrontation between the HIAC guys next week though.