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Re: Official Raw Ratings Thread [Post All TV Ratings Discussions Here]
I love CM Punk, and he's pretty much the only "full-time" main event star WWE has right now that demands my undivided attention at all times, but, no offense, guys, some of you are being more than a little overprotective with him in these circular debates with Starbuck. Having read all of the posts, I completely, utterly comprehended the precise reckoning Starbuck was using in examining how well the three big programs are doing (LOL WHC). Where things got hairy was Rawk attempting to appropriate segments which occurred before Punk/Taker became an actual program as such. Yes, Taker deserves credit for those segments, and Punk deserves some, too, but that segment rating should not be highlighted as belonging to the "CM Punk vs. The Undertaker" storyline feud, because said feud did not yet exist in those segments. It even would have been different if WWE had booked the program with greater depth and texture, as I would have liked, with it being sparked with a character-driven segment of Punk cutting a long, ranting promo about his place at this time in WWE, and that drew Taker out to teach Punk a lesson in humility rather than the "up-for-grabs" lottery ticket-style of storytelling WWE employed in a fourway #1 contender match for the Streak at Wrestlemania. Now, I think most even vageuly knowledgeable wrestling fans knew that Punk was going to win, and you can say that helped the program, but none of us know that to actually be true, and even if we did, it would be impossible to ascertain just what percentage of viewers held this opinion or thought (perhaps fueled by online dirt sheets, etceteras). Starbuck's approach has been wholly objective in my view, and I'd be even more blunt: Cena/Rock for the title is the clear-cut #1, Lesnar/Triple H for Triple H's career is the clear-cut #2 and practically the co-main event in a way that last year's "End of an Era" HIAC match was in its standing with Rock/Cena I. Then there's a fairly decent-sized gap, and there you find Punk/Taker for the Streak. Punk/Taker for the Streak is a much bigger #3 than last year's Jericho/Punk WWE Championship match was--that match was a distant #3. But a #3 it is. And there's nothing wrong with that. The WHC match is, once again, a very, very distant #4, the kind of program that could have had the Intercontinental Championship as its centerpiece 20-25 or so years ago.
As a Punk fan, while I personally would have liked Punk/Triple H and Lesnar/Undertaker, I can fully get behind where he is on the card, and as Triple H and, soon, Undertaker and probably Rock depart wrestling, Punk's stature on Wrestlemania cards in the very near future is going to grow tremendously. He may only be on a few more of these cards, what with his desire to retire at a relatively young and all, but I'm quite confident he will be in at least one true final match main event of a Wrestlemania between now and Wrestlemania XXXII.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.