There is no duty we so much underrate as... being happy. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: On the Cusp of the Schwarzschild Radius
Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
Have to chime in and say, several heavy-duty wrestling fans I know are tuning in religiously now rather than looking at YouTube vids of the shows because of Bryan's push. I always knew he'd be a very solid draw with hardcore wrestling fans if WWE opted to get behind him with all of their might (and because of what we know about the details regarding Vince McMahon actually calling him back up to re-hire him after the firing from Tiegate in summer 2010, I was rather optimistic they would). As difficult as it may be for some to admit, Bryan is proving to be a consistent ratings draw and WWE is not going to hurt one iota from pushing him. As a matter of fact, the opposite has quite plainly been proven to be true.
On the other end of the spectrum, though, WWE needs to create a blueprint with which to work when it comes to Dolph Ziggler. The guy sweats talent in the ring, and can be one of the most reliable hands on the entire roster on any night, but their shoddy handling of him thus far has possibly damaged him with many fans, particularly more casual ones, for a long while. His segments almost never do well unless he's crowded in with guys like Punk, Foley, Johnny Ace, etceteras, etceteras. That half-a-million off-of-a-cliff free fall drop is alarming. 'Course, it's also the latest piece of evidence for why Orton, for all of his abilities, is completely unable to pull anybody up. CM Punk, Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan sincerely seem more capable of that right now than Orton does coming back after a month's absence from Raw. That hurts.
Strong rating and viewership number, regardless. And as far as the overrun goes, sure, Undertaker's return with his looong entrance should have helped to spike that just a tad, but it's truthfully night and day to compare it with The Rock on Valentine's Day last year. Not only was there a week's worth of hype and buzz and speculation over who the host of Wrestlemania XXVII might be, with the most desired choice overall being The Rock by a wide margin, but The Rock--a certified movie star and worldwide-known celebrity--was appearing on Raw for the first time in seven years. Add to all of that that his overrun went on for the better part of half an hour and people honestly had ample time to find him there, unveiling the "Fruity Pebbles" moniker for Cena and creating an earthquake in Anaheim, CA with his presence. Taker's not Rock anyway, but it's very difficult to compare this to Rock's return. It's still a damned good overrun number, regardless.
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