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How “worked” was CM Punk’s “shoot” promo now? – Inside the Wheelhouse

The CM Punk Shoot Promo VideoLets me preface this blog by saying I loved and will always love the CM Punk “shoot promo” from the June 27th, 2011 edition of Monday Night RAW. It is one of the most memorable and historical promos in the history of wrestling.

But as we approach nearly a full month later from the promo taking place, I think it’s safe to say that now, looking back at it, the promo may have been all from the mouth & mind with CM Punk but there were definitely some bullet points the creative team wanted him to hit.

A good portion of what was said in the promo has somehow come across on WWE television or via the internet. Don’t believe what I’m saying yet? Let’s go through the promo from June 27th and take a look at what we have seen happen on WWE programming or on your favorite wrestling news internet site (which should be or mind you).

[adinserter block=”2″]”And I’ve been vilified and hated since that day because Paul Heyman saw something in me that nobody else wanted to admit. That’s right, I’m a Paul Heyman guy. You know who else was a Paul Heyman guy? Brock Lesnar. And he split just like I’m splitting. But the biggest difference between me and Brock is I’m going to leave with the WWE Championship.”

Days after the CM Punk shoot promo aired on RAW it was revealed via the wrestling news website that Paul Heyman & Brock Lesnar were in negotiations with the WWE for some sort of deal that didn’t involve wrestling or being on television. None the less was it coincidence that CM Punk said those specific names in the promo since days later it was revealed they were in talks with the company? Also come to find out that Brock Lesnar’s current boss Dana White was at WWE Headquarters recently which could all be part of this deal the two sides are working out.

The only thing that’s real is me and the fact that day in and day out, for almost six years, I have proved to everybody in the world that I am the best on this microphone, in that ring, even in commentary! Nobody can touch me!

Don’t believe that part of the promo? Did you not watch Money in the Bank or see how excited the wrestling world has been since June 27th. While credit needs to be given out to the WWE, Vince McMahon and John Cena, it wouldn’t have been this exciting if it wasn’t for CM Punk. So by those standards alone you got to agree with the guy because I certainly do.

And yet no matter how many times I prove it, I’m not on your lovely little collector cups. I’m not on the cover of the program. I’m barely promoted. I don’t get to be in movies. I’m certainly not on any crappy show on the USA Network. I’m not on the poster of WrestleMania. I’m not on the signature that’s produced at the start of the show. I’m not on Conan O’Brian. I’m not on Jimmy Fallon. But the fact of the matter is, I should be.

He will be now.

This isn’t sour grapes. But the fact that Dwayne is in the main event at WrestleMania next year and I’m not makes me sick!

It’s been said in recent weeks and during various CM Punk interviews, he believes that the dream match all fans want to see is CM Punk vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and if you told me that during Wrestlemania season I wouldn’t believe you, but as of right now I couldn’t agree more. We have seen the playful banter back on forth between the two on television and twitter, there is definitely something there and after what we saw during Tough Enough we know Austin still has at least one left in the tank. I’m sure the “Texas Rattlesnake” would put over CM Punk that night as well as he is one of the biggest fans of the “Straight Edge Superstar.”

Another recent rumored WrestleMania match based off of what we saw last Monday on RAW (which I’ll get to in a little bit) could be CM Punk vs. Triple H. Triple H is the new WWE Chairman and CM Punk is the anti-establishment wrestler, it worked the first time with Austin vs. McMahon and we could be on the same course with Punk vs. Triple H. Despite what he may say there has to be a symbolic reason CM Punk wore that Stone Cold shirt when he cut this promo.

Maybe…I’ll go back to Ring of Honor. Hey, Colt Cabana, how you doing?

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Reports came out recently that the sources in both the WWE & ROH believe that there is some sort of working agreement between the two companies. If that is to be the case it would explain why the WWE is allowing Punk to mention his old company on WWE television and during this historic promo. It should also be noted that Ring of Honor will quick off there first television tapings under Sinclair on August 13th in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Not to far from the home of the current “unemployed” WWE Champion and the day before the WWE Summerslam PPV, would it be far fetched that Punk shows up to the tapings with the gold?

As for Colt Cabana we have heard reports since the promo was cut that he could be on his way back to the WWE as well. He has been mentioned on WWE TV by Punk in multiple weeks and was clearly seen at the Money in the Bank PPV, as well as the post-celebration pictures that showed up on TMZ. Cabana is not currently booked for the August 13th ROH TV Tapings where he is a main event player in his hometown of Chicago Ridge (which could squash the WWE/ROH rumors) and it’s been said that he’s told other Independent companies outside of ROH that he works for that he won’t be taking bookings after July.

Because he surrounds himself with glad-handed, non-sensical, douchebag (censored) yes men, like John Laurinaitis, who’s going to tell him everything he wants to hear..

We would never see John Laurinaitis a.k.a the former Johnny Ace outside of the occasional fight break-up along with other agents on WWE television. He was never acknowledged on WWE TV as the VP of Talent Relations until Money in the Bank where he tried to interfere in the Punk/Cena match. He was also showcased on the next night of RAW where it appeared he was heading to a “2011 stooge” (credit: role. Obviously that may have changed (see below).

[adinserter block=”1″]”…and I’d like to think that maybe this company will better after Vince McMahon is dead. But the fact is, it’s going to be taken over by his idiotic daughter and his doofus son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family.”

The night after the great WWE Money in the Bank 2011 Pay-Per-View we saw the return of Vince McMahon’s “doofus son-in-law” (CM Punk’s words not mine), Triple H and witnessed the “changing of the guard” as Triple H assumed the role of the on screen WWE Chairman as Vince McMahon was relieved of his duties. Isn’t it ironic that 3 weeks prior CM Punk mentioned the company may be better off without McMahon (which the “board of directors” clearly agreed with as well) and that his son-in-law would take over? Looks like the fantasy booker inside all of us could see an Austin/McMahon storyline with Punk/Triple H (as mentioned before in the blog).

It appears that as time goes on and more & more of these things become rumours or reality that the CM Punk promo, while despite being memorable, historical & brilliant, was nothing more then the “worked” shoot promo that some of us believed. That what was mentioned in the promo was nothing more then little seeds to plant inside the heads of wrestling fans to grow through time as the angle continued to build on overtime. For that I have nothing wrong with what the WWE or CM Punk did here because it’s still an amazing angle that is making people talk, watch or write blogs about. It has all fans excited and that’s a really good thing.

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