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Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
I feel like I need to see a priest or take a long, hot shower, but in any case I have to admit I completely agree with RockAE316 about WWE/Cena taking the entirely dead wrong course over the last year since Wrestlemania XXVII in the "light build-up" to this (Rock vs. Cena). (Also, every time I think of RockAE316 saying Cody Rhodes looks like a stork, I laugh a little.)
What's killing this is that there's no urgency to any of it, especially with what they're either giving The Rock to do or casting him as in this program. That video package bit with Cena saying Rock has other options and WWE immediately flashing up him going to movie premieres and talk shows or whatever was absolutely the wrong route to take in all of this. The last thing casual fans needed was constant reminders that Rock can go straight back to Hollywood (and will) when this is over. Psychology is an important part in any feud and psychologically, WWE/Cena/Rock (in that order, I guess) have obliterated the buzz and as Rock316AE put it, the "aura" of both Rock himself and the program in general.
Triple H/Undertaker/Michaels is a textbook study in how to book a storyline. They're all fucking old as the hills and either can't or won't be put into physical altercations with one another, hell, they don't even have matches with other people on TV, but they are knocking this angle out of the park. Like Starbuck, I was originally rather vehemently opposed to this rematch happening but I'll be damned if they haven't performed masterfully in selling it to me.
Rock's original, pressing and crucial motive for singling Cena out in his "return promo" 13 months and a day ago has been completely buried by WWE (buriedz forever!!!!``1).
Since we're evaluating these two disparate programs, here's a hypothetical image to think of. Imagine WWE finally pulls the trigger on Cena vs. Undertaker and when they're finally in the ring together, Cena smirks while Undertaker's cutting a promo about ripping his soul from his body. Heh.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.