Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: May 2012
Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
With Punk from all indicators he didn't move the needle as a main eventer. The whole "Summer Of Punk", which did get a lot of internet attention, and some mainstream attention. Didn't move the ratings(in fact I believe the ratings went slightly down during that time period, a tenth of a point or so). And as far as buyrates, he did increase the MITB ppv slightly, but you could easily say that is offset by the decline in the SummerSlam ppv that he headlined from the year before buyrate.
With The Rock WWE definitely did devalue him intentionally, and did decrease his drawing power because of that fact. With Punk even if WWE hadn't "sabotaged" or "sandbagged" his main event run, he still wouldn't have delivered at the box office.