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CM Punk Should Be Condemned, Not Supported For Walking Out

It didn’t take long for CM Punk fans to start a revolt at WWE events. There were multiple reports of fans chants and signs commandeering the NXT tapings days after Punk walked which begs the question. What are they exactly supporting here?

[adinserter block=”1″]I tweeted out this question immediately after the reports hit the Internet and received a number of responses that agreed with my sentiments. Not everyone did however. Some argued and accused me of overreacting. They asked what was wrong with supporting CM Punk? I still don’t understand how you can support a man who not only quit, but walked out with no notice leaving his peers and fans high and dry.

Hey don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with anyone quitting their job. It is his right to work or not work and nobody should force him to do anything different. However, as more details surface about his leaving a picture is being painted of a very selfish individual. Why is CM Punk being treated any differently from fans and peers than predecessors that were criticized for doing the same thing before him?

So far this is what we know. Punk’s contract was up in July. All reports indicated that he had no intentions of re-signing. The way that pro wrestling works like it or not is that you put guys over on the way out, no matter who you are. Batista, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, and Chris Jericho did it. Anything less is unprofessional and disrespectful to the business and talent that did the same for you along the way. CM Punk broke that code.

Speculation is that Punk was unhappy with his spot against Triple H on WrestleMania, preferring to be in the championship picture. The writing was on the wall and there is little doubt that Punk would have been looking at the lights. Instead of doing business, Punk walked. A year ago he may have had a right to feel this way. Three months before he is leaving the company for an extended hiatus, maybe permanent, he is just acting like a spoiled brat.

Why would the WWE book him any differently knowing he is leaving? Why would Triple H put him over knowing he is leaving? How does that benefit the company unless he is staying? Why in the world would they put him in the main-event and push him knowing he is walking? Only Dixie Carter would be dumb enough to do that and she did just that with AJ Styles. I just can’t understand how anyone can support this and think differently (other than loyal Punk fans and even more loyal Hunter haters).

CM Punk should be condemned by fans and the locker room. When stars like Brock Lesnar and Shawn Michaels walked out in the past, they weres the most vilified men in the locker room. Brock and Shawn walked out and didn’t put anyone over. Punk should show up to work every day barring injury and put over the Wyatts, the Shield, Antonio Cesaro, Daniel Bryan, and anyone else he is asked to the same way guys put him over the last couple of years.

This groundswell of fan support for a guy who has a worst reputation when asked for autograph by fan than anyone I can recall is without merit. He doesn’t deserve it. These same fans will boo a guy like Randy Orton who publicly tells his fans to approach him for autographs and yet hold up signs for a guy that publicly asks them to stay away from him at the gym. Something doesn’t add up here.

[adinserter block=”2″]If CM Punk thinks that he is screwing the WWE his ego is bigger than I thought. Business will go on and not one person will stop watching because he is gone. The only people really getting screwed here are the guys in the locker room, his brothers-in-arms, who aren’t getting what they rightly deserve from a guy who got his from everyone else. For that he should be condemned, not supported by wrestling fans.

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  1. I agree with almost everything. I'm not what you would call a punk fan. Not only does he seem like a jerk, from what I've seen, and his offense is probably the most weak looking. I rather him not be there but he should of done what the greats before him have done and put guys over. From what I've heard he was suppose to have Antonio Cesaro go over him to get into the chamber. This would of been HUGE for Cesaro, especially if he got over clean. Cesaro is very deserving of a push. A win over Ziegler is decent but not much compared to our generations longest reigning champ. But I do strong disagree with your comment about aj styles. Styles was getting released because he wasnt getting paid what he deserved. Dixie did the classy thing by having AJ go out strong and before he left he put Magnus over(well sort of)

  2. As I feel that no one is bigger than the business, I am going to have to agree with Eric. Great job, Eric. I know Punk fans won't agree, but Punk has a contract, and he should honor it. HHH isn't the wrestler he used to be, but he can still have a very good match with the right person. Wrestling Hunter at Mania is nothing to sneeze at either.

      • I think Austin was right to walk out, turn of humility or not. The short-sightedness that exists in the modern product (even when Austin was there) indicates a blinded desperation and cynicism that the company seems to not realize until somebody with clout (Punk, moreso than booing fans) makes a move. Like when Foley criticized the Rumble, it holds more weight when he says it than say, you or I.

        Being perfectly fair, WWE has been stagnant for a long time for a variety of reasons, and a darling of a considerable fanbase only validates their annoyance by walking out, if not directly so.

        These walk-outs are wake-up calls, period. When Austin walked out, the spotlight was thrown onto HHH on Raw, and it was so abundantly clear how paper-thin his standing was when the ratings began sinking.

        On top of it, you can say that yes, wrestling is a physical business, but given that Punk doesn't take a single pill for any of his pain, it's amazing he hasn't collapsed by now. Yes, he chose this vocation, but you can't blame a guy for being frustrated when he works 50 minutes and then gets dragged out for a lame angle with a part-timer in Kane.

        As for the 'not signing autographs' thing, doesn't bother me. I've worked with and interviewed people of renown, and I don't do the whole 'OHMIGOSH A STAR" thing. That puts me in the minority, I know, but I just never understood the validation people needed from merely meeting a regular joe that plays a character.

          • Yeah its not about being star struck when the people who put your ass there want a little autograph or just to be spoken to polity then do it.I have had several friends meet him and say he is a big asshole now normaly i like to reserve judgment for my self but still it seems to happen alot. &s
            Also we all get fed up with things in life but be a f$@king professional and deal with like a man not like a spoild brat.
            And to just say kane is just some part time wrestler is foolish he has been on the buisnesz and busted ass longer and probably harder than punk.
            I have always got a selfish all about me vibe from punk and it seems I was right one person doez not make the show its a team effort and punk walked out on his team.
            If he is tired and hurt and frustrated ask for an early release go out there put some one over then go home and take your time off.

          • you are so right Punk is acting like a spoiled brat which I always thought he was if it wasn't for his fans he would be nothing wwe wouldn't keep him around wouldn't hurt him to be nice to his fans they were what made him, I won't miss his big mouth, always was about him that part wasn't acting glad he is gone hope he stays gone

          • Does Austin disagreeing make him wrong? The answer is no, just because the protagonist makes a choice doesn't make it the right one.

  3. Great read, Eric. However, aren’t there several mega stars throughout history that have flat out refused to lose to other guys in the twilights of their careers? I’ve read that Hogan was infamous for this.

    Also, as a casual fan who watches from January to somewhere between Mania and SummerSlam, I’m pretty disappointed he won’t be on the Mania card, selfish actions be damned.

  4. You are so right about this. I actually replied that it was a win/win for the WWE with Punk leaving because A. He has sucked for over a year and B. They have Daniel Bryan to take hi spot today and guys like Cesaro will get their chance. But I didn't take into consideration that Puke walking away would also hurt the guys he should have been putting over on the way out. I still think its a win for wrestling but now I just think Puke is a bigger douche bag than I did befor.

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