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CM Punk…Is There Still A Chance?

CM Punk fans have started to concede this week that their straight-edged hero will not be back for WWE. The grieving has begun and fans have started to move on. I don’t want to give anyone false hope but I think that process may be a little premature.

I was with you. At around 11:30 PM/EST Monday night I concluded that Punk’s career in the WWE for 2014 was over. Yet as the week progressed and I started to think about it, I wasn’t sure that the door is slammed shut. I started wondering whether Chicago was just a pawn in a bigger angle that is taking place.

There are a few things that just don’t make sense right now. The big one being the WrestleMania 30 main-event. The booking of that match and the current direction would lead you to believe that they would be inserting a babyface here. Could it be Daniel Bryan coming into the match as part of a stipulation of his Mania bout with Triple H? It could but Bryan’s motivation appears to be focused on Triple H with very little mentions of the championship. There is nobody else but Punk who would make sense here? Would the WWE really turn Batista heel here and go with a heel vs. heel title match? They could but this one just doesn’t make a darn bit of sense.

Then there was Paul Heyman’s promo. Dave Meltzer brought up a great point on a recent podcast in that Heyman pushed the idea that Punk was a rebel and walked out due to the Authority. Why would they put all of the heat on themselves and make the Punk the babyface here for walking out on his fans? Now I could argue that they are brilliantly using it to get Hunter and Stephanie over as even bigger heels because if so, it clearly worked in Chicago. But when was the last time a guy walked out of the WWE and wasn’t buried in some form or fashion?

Enter RAW in Memphis Tennessee this Monday night. What casual fan wouldn’t be shocked at this point to see Punk come back? I have to think that most fans think he is done. Instead of bringing him back in Chicago, could the company have masterfully used Chicago’s obsession with Punk against them? It’s entirely possible. Especially since Hulk Hogan has a big announcement this Monday night.

So what happens if Punk does come back Monday and wind up in the WWE championship match? It would be the most successful political move played by a WWE performer since the Clique bullied Vince McMahon in the 1990s. How does a guy like Punk who doesn’t make a difference in the ratings or live attendance numbers wield so much power? What kind of a message does that send to everyone else? How does that make Triple H look? Finally, would it not make Punk one of the biggest hypocrites of all-time with the way he publicly criticized part-time players waltzing in for WrestleMania main-events? That said if Punk was promised the spot prior (being one of the reasons he left), it’s hard to blame him.

I am not a Punk fan at all but as a blogger it would be a fascinating story if he did return. From that perspective I hope it happens. Do I truly see it happening? Quite frankly I just can’t wrap my head around why they’d turn Batista heel if he wasn’t coming back for the championship match. That’s the x-factor for me.

Nothing makes a whole lot of sense here and maybe that’s a good thing in this rare case. As predictable as the WWE has become in recent years it’s nice for a change to keep guessing. Unfortunately those games end in Memphis because if Punk isn’t in Memphis it’s time to light the candles and begin the eulogy.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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