Discussion in 'SmackDown LIVE!' started by Highspot, Jul 5, 2018.
Bryan has to take a share of the blame.
Obviously, but not the entirety - as you love to do.
I think Styles, Bryan and Nakamura are to blame.
But mostly Bryan.
Nakamura hasn't been on SmackDown for about 3 weeks, bruv.
He was around for many weeks before that where the ratings were poor.
I think you just shit on guys that you assume marks like.
I think wrestling has taken a wrong turn the past decade.
WWE have catered too much to a smarky and niche audience.
In 2009, WWE RAW was averaging over 5 million viewers per week. Today, they rarely ever scrape 3 million. Almost half of their audience has turned off.
They were averaging 3.5 Million not more than 5 million. lol.
Currently, they're average around 3 million, so no their audience isn't disappearing.
3.5 million average in 2009?
Do your research - PWTorch.com - WWE News: 2009 Raw TV Ratings break down - Report on the entire year with Best/Worst months
2009 Ratings - this shows around 3/4 million, unless that is just the rating and not the total number in viewership.
Regardless, you're targeting 2 guys that have been at the company for just over 2 years. The decline didn't happen over night, and is to be blamed on more than just Nakamura (who's been on the main roster for 1 year), Styles and Bryan
Read the article. Raw was averaging over 5 million viewers in 2009. Today, they only average around 2.5 million viewers. Half the audience has tuned out.
The decline has been coming for a while. There was the Punk push in 2011, the yes movement, the bungled Reigns push, Seth "snoozefest" Rollins, and now Bryan/Nakamura and the like are bombing on a weekly basis.
I think John Cena's super push from 2009-2011 killed a good ton of viewers.
Viewership went up in 2009. And held steady for a lot of 2010.
Viewership only really started to decrease significantly in late 2011/2012.
A lot of 2010, not all of 2010.
Cena's push put 2/3 of their 1999 audience off.
Viewership in 2006 was higher than 2003 and 2004. Cena's push increased viewership. Benoit and Eddie turned a lot of fans off in 2004.
Cena drew okay in 2010. Especially for a wrestler who had been in the main events for 5 straight years. Is Cena in Austin or Hogan's league? No. But he's much better than Bryan.
2007-2008 were averaging lower than 2004/2003
Cena was not around at the end of 2007. Also in 2008, the ratings tumbled when Jericho was given the belt.
Cena did very good business in general and helped stabilize the decline that the WWE had been in since the Attitude era. He had a great 5 or 6 year run, before his drawing power declined a bit. Even now, he sells the most merchandise and ratings spike when he appears. I am not a fan personally. I much prefer Austin, Batista, Goldberg, Rock. etc.
Business only began to really hit the skids in 2012 when Punk was champion. It's been downhill ever since, barring the odd segment and programme.
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