Vince is not a genius, the most fans are dumb. He knows that even if Cena wins a handicap match against Rock, Lesnar and Austin in 5 seconds, 3 hours of Raw consists of 2 hours Cena's charitiy videos and 1 hour of Brodus Clay dancing or if AJ Lee wins the WWE title nobody will stop watching WWE. Even if somebody stops watching it will be because of other reasons non-relevant to wrestling.
How is he a genius? It's not like he gave us the best TV to bring old fans back, the product is now even worse and the fans are still watching. People bitched about the Rock vs Cena and Triple H vs Lesnar rematches, these rematches are now official and nobody stopped watching it. How is he a genius and how is he a manipulator? He even proved that he has lost it by having the most obvious and lame storylines for the rematches (Rock wins the title and Cena the Rumble, Lesnar attacks Vince and the son-in-law saves him)
This has nothing to do with Vince, it has to do with the fans buying everything.
Punk fans complain that he's not in the WrestleMania main event? Vince knows that even if he puts Punk in a WrestleMania dark match against Hornswoggle that those fans will still watch it.
Fans complain because Cena is always in the main event? Vince knows that even if he books Cena for the next 20 years in the main event that the fans will still watch it
Fans complain that a part time wrestler and Hollywood star won the WWE title? Vince knows that even if he books Danny DeVito as WWE champion that the fans still will watch it.
It's easy to look like a manipulator and a genius when the fan base is not very smart and has no backbone