Honestly i dont think the absense of cena has that big of an effect. Sure kids love cena but my theory is that theyre arent as clued in as us smarks, so they really wouldnt be aware that hes going to be absent from the show. Even if they did, they still have brodus, ryder and santino that theyve presumably latched on to and theyre always on the show, so theyd still tune in to the program. The ratings always tank during football season, and i suspect its worse this year. The nfl seems more interesting this year for some reason. Whether it be replacement refs or coming off the heels of the bounty schedule or the fact that a lot of teams have stepped up and made damn near every game exciting, its been a lot of fun to watch. My honest opinion is that the nfl is delivering where the wwe is just the same old thing. And its not a bad thing. I still enjoy raw just as much as i did when i was a kid... and im 26 now. Football only runs till february so the ratings will pick up then. Or possibly sooner if the nfl falls into its same of groove of the same teams domimating every game and their product becomes predictable again.