Go to a WWE event and the chants are heard throughout the arena.
“CM Punk. CM Punk.”
[adinserter block=”1″]It has been the same battle cry of the WWE Universe (if there still is a universe) since Punk walked out on the job after the Royal Rumble. Punk has not been part of a match, program or even a tease about returning to the ring.
Punk’s hiatus from the WWE is not a new thing, having left on two other occasions – the first after his infamous shoot interview that led to a “WWE Title vs. WWE Title” with John Cena. The other time he took “time off” was after his loss at WrestleMania to The Rock.
Since then, Punk has not been part of a world championship program.
The WWE is in a fairly peculiar situation because while it appears Punk is serious about his retirement from professional wrestling altogether, his wife, AJ Lee, is still a major part of WWE programming and the biggest draw on the women’s side of the ledger.
- Right now, even in the fall of retirement, Punk is in the driver’s seat.
- He is easily one of the top three biggest draws in the company still to this day.
- The mere fact he generates such an outburst from the fans is a concern for the company.
Whether they admit it or not, the company is taking on water to some degree because of poor matches, poor feuds and injuries.
The company still needs him, along with Daniel Bryan and John Cena, to lead the “face” faction because there has not been a steady influx of younger talent to be brought in from NXT.
As long as the “Second City Saint” is walking the streets and not in a wrestling ring, his legend becomes more popular and in the process, he sticks it to the company that made him a star.
BETTER BUSINESS AT TNA WRESTLING
While the WWE is trying to figure out how to handle a champion that only wants to wrestle on his terms, the product in TNA is better lately.
There is something to be said for being under pressure, which is exactly what Impact Wrestling has been under as of late. But a string of solid wrestling packages have put TNA in better stead.
Over the course of the last month, wrestling between faces like Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, Eric Young and Austin Aries have boosted ratings as well give the fans quality matches that make wrestling matter.
So much has been made of how TNA is the second rate promotion. But judging WWE and TNA is not a fair representation of how the business is today.
TNA is about wrestling and shoot interviews and some of the iconic feel of the former NWA. WWE is about the gut shot, the light everyone’s hair on fire and see who screams moment.
I am a fan of the more traditional style of TNA and also understand how it can be abused in the wrestling community as the red-headed step child.
On Monday, the wrestling world celebrated the birth day of Scott Hall, or Razor Ramon, as many of us knew him in his WWE days. Hall and Kevin Nash helped to define professional wrestling as The Outsiders, the party crashing duo who helped to create the NOW.
Hall may not get the notoriety that he deserves because of his out of ring issues with substance abuse, but when he was in his prime, there were only a handful of wrestlers who could match his in-ring ability.
The 56-year-old was a star in many promotions before making his mark in the WWE.
[adinserter block=”2″]Beginning with his time in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), Hall maintained a perennially high profile as a wrestler, as he became a four time WWF Intercontinental Champion, a two time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WCW World Television Champion and a nine time world tag team champion (seven times in WCW, once in TNA, and once in the AWA). In addition, Hall is a two time world champion, having won the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship and the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. He is also notable for being a founding member of the New World Order. On April 5, 2014, Hall (as Razor Ramon) was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Hall was what Randy Orton is (minus the titles) today.
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