This report comes several weeks after Dave Meltzer on his F4Wonline.com podcast told a similar story. Dave in his usual mysterious ways touched on the story without giving details. Meltzer mentioned at the time that there were big issues with Punk and creative but never mentioned anything about Punk quitting. That is a new twist to the story coming from Johnson.
Once word broke of this story the social media world heated up with thoughts on the situation. What you have to understand about the social media world is that Punk’s fan base is very active on social media, so it was generally supportive. Punk’s supporters generally felt that the WWE would be greatly hurt without him and they were lucky he stayed.
I know a lot of Punk fans read this blog but I am going to warn you, I completely disagree with most of you. Punk leaving the WWE would be a big blow to his fans, no doubt about it. However, Punk is not a big draw. He gets big pops but he doesn’t move the needle on RAW unless he is with John Cena or The Rock and hasn’t made any big differences in the ratings. It’s just a fact.
The thing you have to remember about Punk and his fans and he has a lot of them is that the vast majority of his fans watch RAW and buy the pay per views anyway. These are hardcore fans. These aren’t fans specifically buying or watching for him. If that was the case he would have been a game changer following Money in the Bank 2011. He hasn’t and as much as he is a big part of the show, he isn’t bringing new fans with him.
The other point I want to make here is that the timing of the story is greatly coincidental to his current storyline. Is it just coincidence that a story about Punk almost quitting the WWE comes out the same time he walks out on RAW? Punk will be taking some well deserved time off to heal his injuries. What better way to stir the pot and add some credibility to his storyline. In other words my hunch is that Punk is working the “sheets.”
Take a look back at Money in the Bank 2011 and all of the things that were “reported” about Punk and his contract in the months leading up to the show. Was Punk’s contract really coming up? Maybe, but after everything was all said and done I was convinced more than ever that Punk exaggerated that story and leaked it to the “sheets” to set up the angle. Let’s be honest. All of those reports about Punk turned out to be false when he showed back up less than two weeks later. I think this is a case of the exact same thing.
I’ll take these Punk rumors with a grain of salt. Do I believe that there were issues with Punk and creative? Sure I do believe it. Do I believe he had any intentions of really quitting? Not for a second. Do I believe that his absence will or would hurt the WWE? Sorry but I don’t.
Update: I wanted to clarify a few things in the blog. One, I didn’t have all of the information on Mike’s story. Bad job out of me. According to the actual story, Punk threatened to quit after finishing up at WrestleMania. I got that wrong and I apologize.
The other thing is I don’t want anyone to confuse what I am saying. I am not saying that Mike is Punk’s shill. I don’t believe that for a second. I’ve known Mike since 1992 and he has much more integrity than that. What I am suggesting is that he plants stories through his “sources” to work his angles. Keep in mind that this was only a hunch of mine and I am not saying for a second I know this for a fact. I just look back at the facts and that a lot of these stories generally coincide with an angle. Again knowing Mike since 1992 I should have used clearer language there and I apologize to him for that.