Originally Posted by ewantu2
All of this = no.
Punk is the champion. Champions always get quite a bit of air time.
New Faces? I don't want rushed, green superstars in the main event scene. Nobody has done anything to warrant a spot there and i much prefer them slowly building people like Ziggler, rather than just throwing him in the deep end like they have done so many times (Swagger is a recent casualty of that). We have new faces in the main event scene; in the past 3 years we've seen Punk, Bryan, Sheamus, Del Rio, Miz, Christian all promoted to the upper card. The only others that are up on that level that have been up there since 2006 are Cena, Show, Kane, Jericho and Orton.
3 hours isn't that bad. I'm sure nearly EVERYONE now has the capabilities to record television. Most new "boxes" are DVR. They are obviously happy with 3 hours, so why is this an issue? If it was an issue, then after hour 1, or hour 2, the viewership would drop dramatically, but it doesn't. The overall hourly blocks are pretty much even.
Ryback is feuding with Miz afaik. Miz also has his own talk show now, which is what he does best. The US champion is being shown as dominant over mid carders, but he's also got a thing on with Brodus right now. He beat him on Raw this week so that is probably the start of something. Before that he was feuding with Santino, the guy he took the title off. They have had punk hold the main title for over 300 days now, and he's demand respect and main events as champion. That's a step to bring prestige to the title. The tag titles are being massively overhauled with tournaments and the roster now having 8!! teams on the main roster! For a long time, tag teams were simply a tool to put over one star.
Legends returning too much? Piper hasn't been back THAT much this year, or last year either. He held a piper's pit in April, he appeared a segment with Cyndi Lauper hyping the Raw 1,000th and also on the 1,000th raw (Two appearances that were simply used to promote a historic Raw that most Legends reappeared for or in build up to). His Raw 1,000th was a run in, so that doesn't really count. He then appeared in a Piper's pit with Jericho.
So I count 3 times this year. That's not a whole lot.
Why should HBK come back yearly? All he does is talk too, just like piper.
Besides piper, what other legends have returned "too much" this year?
Bret Hart has made two appearances; A special guest referee in July and a special return to Montreal on September 10th.
Cena didn't compete for the main title for 10 months and has ONLY just reentered the title picture. With the Rock coming back for the title, it makes complete sense to have Cena (their biggest draw and merchandise seller by the way) in the title picture right now. Heel punk is only going to get over by beating the face of the company.