WWE Champion has nothing to do with poor ratings? No, that isn't ignorant at all. It's completely logical and directly correlates.
Please indicate where I said that, because I didn't. I refuted your claim that Punk drives away viewers because he doesn't. He fails to bring them in, but he doesn't drive them away.
Nowhere did I say that the WWE Champion has nothing to do with poor ratings. Punk, just like everyone else on the roster, must take a share of the blame. What is flat out wrong is when people such as yourself preach that its all because of Punk being champion that the ratings are shit (when in all actuality, its everybody who is to blame).
As you yourself said, "people will avoid tuning in if they think CM Punk will play a focal point of the show. A reasonable assumption, given that he is champion. So it doesn't matter if he was on it for five minutes, for all the fans driven away knew, it could've easily have been 50 minutes." That is ignorant and flat out incorrect-people do not look at the show and say "wow Punk is champion, I'm not going to watch because he MIGHT be featured." People look at the show and say "wow, everything is such complete crap and a waste of my time, the stories are stupid, the feuds are dumb, the booking is horrific and nothing ever progresses in a satisfying manner-I'm not going to watch."
You're just another sad hater who has no qualms about making up stuff, presenting opinions as facts or taking things out of context to put a spin on things that will push your anti-Punk agenda and opinion. Thankfully there are some people on this site who can see through this type of bullshit and point it out to others who actually might start buying into what you say.