The hook for the show was from last week and he was the focus of the show. And No, AJ was not the focus of this week's show, punk was/still is, he was part of all the key quarters, he is the main event storyline. That is a pathetic excuse, blaming a diva AJ.
Your memory must suck because 3 months ago AJ was positioned as being ABOVE the WWE title, champion and #1 contender...
In fact, the hook from last week was Ryback, since he was the last one we saw on the show...
LOWEST IN 15 F*CKING YEARS? Can you even read?
Your denial is seriously amusing.
Lowest in 15 years. 2.7 rating. Down from the usual 3.0 we see weekly. What does that translate into, a loss of half a ratings point or something? Do you know how many viewers tuning out it takes to go from a 3.0 to 2.7? Hardly anything, its a minor drop in viewers. Couple hundred thousand.
Now the way you explain it, WWE has been consistently doing Attitude type ratings and Punk came in and lowered them to a 2.7. Were that the case, I'd be the first person to admit he killed them. However, that's a hypothetical situation. In reality, Punk being the main focus really hasn't lost that many viewers compared to what they had before. Thus, the lowest rating in 15 years argument really doesn't hold very much merit anymore.
Yes he is. He cant draw as champion, as the focus of the show and he should take the blame. If mid card is responsible for ratings/viewership, drop or increase, then why is this guy the WWE champion?
So let me get this straight...
Steve Austin brings in a million viewers per segment he's in. Then, in between the segments, all the viewers he gained are lost by the Oddities, Al Snow, Hardcore Holly and Bart Gunn, all midcard guys. However, their colossal losses aren't their fault, its Steve Austin's fault for not bringing in more viewers to pad the ratings drain that these other guys are. Thus, since Steve Austin is WWF champion and the top guy in the company, he's the one to blame for the shortcomings of others.
Now, replace Steve Austin with CM Punk and the midcard guys of Attitude with midcard guys of today. This is the logic you're trying to push. If you seriously believe this, then I truly pity you because sorry to say, and I mean no offense when I say this, but your brain does not function properly.