Re: Official Raw Ratings Thread 2013
2005 on Raw had not only Cena, but the likes of HHH, Flair, Batista (for the first half), HBK, Angle, and I'm sure I'm missing some.
2006 on Raw had Cena, Edge at his peak as a very strong draw, the return of DX, Vince being in a prominent role throughout the year... so yeah...
2007 on Raw had Cena at his peak in drawing power, HBK, and Orton
2008 on Raw had Cena, Orton, HHH, HBK, and Jericho
2009 on Raw had Cena, Orton at his peak, HHH, and DX in the latter half.
Now I'll give you that 2007 being a great year in the ratings on Raw was down pretty much solely to Cena, especially during the mid-part of the year between Backlash and Summerslam. However 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009 all had such a strong cast of guys who were at the top of their drawing game that weren't just Cena. 2005 had Batista. 2006 had Edge. 2009 had Orton. Even 2010 had The Nexus angle to help Cena, but the numbers weren't even THAT great there. 2012, Punk had no one. Cena isn't a draw anymore in really a draw anymore in this day and age. Ryback, while showing promise in quarter hours, failed to keep the overall show afloat. And that's it. Rock, Taker, HHH, Lesnar, etc. were all there on Raw for the first few months, and Lesnar/HHH during the summer, but besides that there's no proven full-time draw on the roster anymore. That hasn't happened before as usual there was always one-two big time draws a year to keep ratings up.
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