CM Punk is making the news on Tuesday for a punch threw. Unfortunately for him the punch in question isn’t in regards to a punch he threw at a fellow WWE superstar but instead, a punch he threw at an innocent fan in the stands.
It all went down at the end of what I’d call a pretty good edition of Monday Night RAW. Punk went into the crowd as Vince McMahon cut a promo on him inside of the ring. Punk stood in the stands as fans surrounded him. A few rowdy fans pushed the world champion who responded by nailing a fan and breaking his glasses. The problem is that the fan Punk nailed was innocent and never laid a hand on the world champion.
Early reports don’t look good for the WWE superstar. The fan according to one reporter was seen filing a police report. This is not good for Punk. Punk hitting an innocent man could land him in a big deal of legal trouble. Even worse is that the incident is caught on video which shows that this fan did nothing wrong. The incident is a big black eye on Punk, pro wrestling, and the WWE. For a company that takes pride in their anti-bullying campaign, this could be a major blow.
I have been around pro wrestling for a long time and I would be lying if I told you that I never saw a pro wrestler hit a fan. In ECW I saw plenty of fans get hit, although to be fair to the wrestler the fans always asked for it and were generally pumped up on beer muscles. But this is not ECW in front of 800 people in Jim Thorpe, PA. This is the WWE on live television in front of millions of fans. For Punk to do this at all is just stupid. For Punk to do this during a live television broadcast makes him either the dumbest man on earth or the most arrogant.
I never liked the idea of pro wrestlers, specifically WWE stars going out into the crowd. It is a recipe for disaster. The idea that the top heel in the company would go into the crowd without being surrounded by security is just asking for trouble. The whole point of being a heel is to get the fans to hate you. What do they expect? Quite frankly they have been very lucky nothing worse has happened at this point. The barrier surrounds the ring for a reason.
Vince McMahon was reportedly furious at Punk after the incident. The WWE reaction to this is going to be a huge story in itself. What can they really do? With no Cena, the WWE would be shooting itself in the foot if it suspended Punk right now. Firing Punk is out of the question, although quite frankly he really should be fired. Could the WWE live without Punk? Absolutely they can, it isn’t as if he is a big draw anyway. But do they really want to put themselves in the position of being without a top heel or babyface for the interim? The public backlash may be so big that Vince will have no other choice but to take drastic action. Remember, his wife is in the heat of a senate race and if this story drips into her opponent’s narrative, it could get ugly for everyone.
Punk swinging without even looking is about as irresponsible as it gets. What if a child happened to wander over to the area? What if a lady or elderly fan happened to be walking past the area in question? Punk blindly throwing a swinging backfist is probably the dumbest thing he could have done in that situation. Again is he that dumb or just arrogant to the point where he could care less who he hit?