Listen Punk is suppose to be this big star everyone says he is. He was advertise to be in the main event. So it shouldn't matter who he's facing. He's the big star, people should want to see him. If Steve Austin was facing Mable in the main event of RAW way back, the rating would be up because of Steve Austin being in the main event. People would of tuned in to see Steve Austin.
Simple fact is, Punk was advertise for the main event and lost viewers. He's suppose to be the star, so him being a star should bring viewers in or at least not lose viewers.
No big deal to admit.
The Rock is supposed to be this big star everyone says he is. He was advertised nonstop for a week in the last days of February which is when The Road to Wrestlemania traditionally heats up to be returning after several months of being absent from the product, and was advertised relentlessly throughout the show as returning in the main event/overrun segment. So it shouldn't matter what he's doing or saying. He's the big star, people should want to see him. If Hulk Hogan was facing The War Lord in the main event of Saturday Night's Main Event, the rating would be up because of Hulk Hogan being in the main event. People would have tuned in to see Hulk Hogan.
The simple fact is, The Rock was advertised for the main event segment to cut a huge promo after being gone for several months and he lost viewers. 349,000 of them, to be more or less exact. He's supposed to be the star, so him being a star should bring in viewers or at least not lose viewers.
No big deal to admit it.
No, seriously, it's a bit more complicated than that in all honesty: "And as noted before, the Rock’s promo pre-Cena gained 643,000 viewers to a to a 3.53, which is nothing remarkable for the overrun. And the Cena promo and him leaving and Rock finishing up lost 349,000 viewers and the show finished at a 3.30, which has to be considered a surprise."
So, during what is arguably the opening act of the final month leading into Wrestlemania with The Rock returning after a long week of endless hype and advertising which continued on for two straight hours throughout all of Raw, and was set up by John Cena's provocative promo the week before, Rock pre-Cena "gained 643,000 viewers to do a 3.53, which is nothing remarkable for the overrun." And then with Cena's promo and Rock finishing up, they lost "349,000 viewers and the show finished at a 3.30, which has to be considered a surprise."
Remember, this is the last Raw in February right in the middle of The Road to Wrestlemania with the two biggest stars WWE had at the time to use.
Meanwhile, in the month of May with Brock Lesnar suspended, Triple H injured and John Cena said to not be there, there's an episode of Raw leading into the most fillerific PPV of the year, Over the Limit, and the main event is scheduled to be between Lord Tensai, who clearly no one really cares about yet and WWE Champion CM Punk, who hasn't sniffed a main event segment since February. A tag team match involving nine-time world champion Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio scores a 2.89 rating for its quarter hour, while Tensai/Punk scores a 2.94. That tag team match was really a loser in terms of viewership, as it didn't even cover the losses they sustained from the divas match in the quarter hour before (divas match lost 207,000 viewers, "star-studded tag team match" gained 191,000).
Good to see Miz and Brodus get that 55,000 gain, in any event. But really, the show didn't do very well at all, in general, aside from the opening segment with 4.30 million viewers and a 3.50 rating.
Looks like WWE needs to put the Fisher Price Championship on John Laurinaitis. Maybe he can headline Summerslam against The Rock.