When news broke that former WWE Champion CM Punk had quit the company and went home, fans had a decision to make. Was this for real or just a work? Did CM Punk really quit or is this just part of the storylines?
Set up a feud with Batista
According to a TMZ.com report,
“Sources close to the situation tell TMZ Sports … Punk was livid when he learned officials scripted Batista to win the Royal Rumble … because he feels Batista isn’t in great wrestling shape and shouldn’t be featured in the title match at the upcoming WrestleMania (the biggest event of the year).”
By having someone post the reason for his departure being about Batista, it could lead to them having a battle when Punk does return. TMZ is a pretty good source to have published the report too. They are the same source that posted the interview with Darren Young coming out. This could be a set up for Punk to ruin Batista’s WrestleMania match.
Distract WWE Universe from Daniel Bryan
I was talking with a friend and it came to my mind how funny the timing of Punk’s departure was. Maybe it was because Batista won the Royal Rumble. Or maybe WWE decided to create this big deal to get the fans to stop complaining about Daniel Bryan.
After Batista won the rumble match and Bryan didn’t even participate, fans and former wrestlers were scolding the company. Mick Foley even went to the extreme in response to Bryan being left out of the rumble.
Perhaps WWE wanted to distract the fans from Bryan’s absence from the rumble. Since Punk departed, I haven’t seen many people talking about Bryan anymore. The American Dragon is old news and Punk quitting WWE is the new story people are talking about.
Set up a WrestleMania 30 match with Triple H
That same TMZ article mentioned earlier discussed how Punk wasn’t thrilled with the idea of wrestling Triple H at WrestleMania 30. Or maybe that’s just what WWE wants you to think.
When Bryan was in the WWE title picture, he challenged Triple H to a match. The WWE COO talked about how Bryan wasn’t good enough to face Triple H. Well, what if Punk comes back and throws the same argument in Hunter’s face. Punk doesn’t see Triple H as part of this generation. He’s too old. Punk wants to face the new young stars in WWE.
Mainstream/Social Media attention
This may be a repeat of the other reasons, but WWE loves when its get mainstream and social media attention. It’s way The Rock was WWE Champion. Because mainstream outlets would be talking about it. WWE loves when it has hashtags trending worldwide on Twitter.
By having one of its top stars leave the company unexpectedly, obviously WWE fans were nonstop talking about it on social media. Plus, mainstream outlets like TMZ, Yahoo, Fox Sports, Hollywood Life and others covered the story. WWE probably loved that.
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