Your post makes so much sense, and yet I can't possibly wrap my head around "WWE hasn't had that moment were 1 million people just stop watching".WWE hasn't had that moment where 1 million people see something really objectionable and they stop watching WWE, but they do cool people down, get people less interested in watching the show, and then these people eventually lapse to a point where they are hardly watching if they aren't totally not watching WWE anymore. The HIAC match has ramifications larger than this one show. This is going to cause a slow burn drop, the Bray Wyatt fuckery. No matter how many times this guy gets himself over, they make him eat a dick.
If there ever was the chance of a moment like that to happen, it was sunday night. That PPV ending was so atrocious that if I still was a regular TV watcher, I'd have immediately stopped.
I get the slow burn thing, but something like that should be the moment when the dam breaks down and the whole valley is flooded. I'm almost afraid to imagine what they can possibly do worst than that to cause that mass exodus of viewers.