The best thing a writer can do when he does not fully understand a storyline or position of protest is research the top and formulate a better reason to write a column. While the WWE is trying to move on from the loss of CM Punk from its roster, I am still trying to come to grips with why the WWE superstar and the common glue between what corporate management in the company and the fans was thinking when he walked out after the Royal Rumble and took his cocky and brash attitude back to Chicago.
According to Dan Smith on wrestling101.com, “The straw that broke the camel’s back appears to have been the manner in which Batista just walked back into the company after a 4-year absence and handed the treasured main event spot at WrestleMania.”
That alone would make any wrestler in the locker room a little mad. For years, this has been an M.O. of Vince McMahon or other promoters who wanted a quick “spark” and to drum up ticket sales or gain fans in the arenas. Today, however, fans’ sensibilities and the advent of the Internet and social media outlets have allowed everyone who loves a good match to voice their opinions live and in stereo.
I guess the “Voice of the Voiceless” got his message across the board, even when he was worrying more about his own fate than the fate of others.
No one in the world of professional wrestling has made the impact with the “pipe bomb” as Punk did over two years ago. Whether it was Ric Flair showing up in the WWE with the WCW World Title or AJ Lee dropping a few words on the women of the WWE or even Mark Henry’s “retirement” speech, Punk tops them all. If you are putting together a list of wrestlers and performers you want in your wrestling promotion, Punk is one of the first five names to come off the board.
Style, substance and how to sell are the three components of a wrestlers these days, and Punk may have more of those characteristics than any other performer today with the exception of Daniel Bryan’s shtick.
I understand the buzz the return of Batista creates when you see the muscles and the attitude and the connection to Triple H, The Authority and Randy Orton, but Vince and the boys must have missed the thousands of boos in the audience in Pittsburgh when first Punk was taken out of the Rumble match and then when The Animal beat Roman Reigns for the title spot at WrestleMania XXX. I also supposed at Vince’s age selective hearing is a strong possibility.
Let’s just face facts and realize Punk isn’t being used effectively. He and Paul Heyman are now divorced. Brock Lesnar is in the rearview mirror and the chance to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania was not the appealing carrot Punk wanted.
He wants to headline WrestleMania. Since it appears Daniel Bryan is back in the WWE World Title picture, a match with his friend and fellow indie star would have torn the roof off in New Orleans. But we all know that was not going to happen. Now we wait and see if the WWE makes a few changes that would lure Punk back – like taking the title off Orton and changing its stance after WrestleMania so the title shot at SummerSlam is between Punk and someone worthy – someone who had earned his stripes.
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