No doubt there's no full-time draws left anymore (not even Cena) but saying Punk is NOT a factor in them going down when he has the spotlight for a large portion of the show is just being in denial.
He's really not, at least not a factor that deserves to get harped on like it does and rather it's simply a case of there being no mega-star on the roster with that "It" appeal, which goes with the circumstances that it's not really Punk's fault. It's easy to put the blame on Punk though because he's someone rather than something. All I'll agree on is Punk not bringing in viewers, but I'm not going to really blame him for ratings going down overall anymore than Cena, Ryback, or anyone else who's currently a main eventer, because he's only very slightly more responsible anyway, if that makes any sense.
That's correct, of course. However, this can not be the excuse for bad ratings the rest of the year. If they put on good shows from April-December, the ratings could stay the same, if not get better.
Oh I agree, but that would require building up top heels, making them look legitimately threatening to all top faces, even Cena and Sheamus, and building up top faces that the audience truly gets behind 100% and are invested in, and not just forcing people up even when they don't get a reaction.
That's something that WWE seems hell-bent on not doing. I just stated what I stated as a fact for the present time. Not an excuse for why ratings are dwon. They're down for a multitude of reasons. 3 hours being one of the bigger reasons. Crappy storylines being another. No "it" factor in prospective top faces that they've tried to go for except MAYBE Ryback, and that's a big maybe that will only have results as we go. No top heels to really look threatening to top faces which makes fans of those faces complacent and not as invested as they could be. The mid-card being very weak right now, and same with tag division, although WWE in credit to them, were doing well with the tag division for a few months. Those are just some of the major issues that should be talked about more than "OH PUNK'S KILLIN' DUR RATINGZ WITH HIS SKINNYFATASS... ASS!"