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Why The WWE Replaced Kevin Nash With Triple H Vs. CM Punk

Kevin Nash RAWWhile WWE booking is generally a mystery, the debacle on RAW between Kevin Nash, CM Punk, and Triple H may be the biggest in awhile. How could the WWE go from Kevin Nash vs. CM Punk to Triple H vs. CM Punk in a matter of one hour?

Monday’s WWE RAW had some strange moments, but none stranger than the moment between CM Punk and Triple H during the final minutes of the show. In a segment from the locker room, Triple H told Punk that the Board of Directors had nixed his match with Kevin Nash and now it would be Triple H vs. CM Punk at Night of Champions. The odd moment has had WWE sleuths working around the clock to get to the bottom of what exactly happened to Kevin Nash and it looks like we have a consensus answer.

Dave Meltzer speculated on his F4Wonline.com podcast that he believed something happened when Kevin Nash went to get medical clearance that prompted the match change. PWInsider.com confirmed the news today. It would appear that something came up during Nash’s medicals that will keep Nash out of the ring at least for the time being.

Meltzer expanded on it today in an update and said that, “in another era Nash would have worked the match.” He didn’t have confirmation on exactly what the medical issue was, but did indicate that Nash is expected to wrestle this fall. Meltzer also speculates that the match could change to a Triple Threat Match, but it is more likely that Nash is sidelined for a couple of months.

Unfortunately this news does not completely shut the door on Kevin Nash wrestling in a WWE ring. Both reports speculate that Nash could wrestle at some point. However, fans will be spared a match featuring Big Sexy at Night of Champions 2011 and get a pretty darned good replacement if you ask me.

Stuff like this happens all of the time but the confirmation only raises more questions when it comes to the judgment of the WWE creative team, knowing there would be no match. Why did they have Nash come out to his old music on RAW? Why did they even go through the debacle of the first fifteen minutes announcing the match? Why in the world did Nash attack Punk later in the show and lay him out? Maybe most ridiculous of all, why would you not have Nash clear his medicals before you begin an angle with him in the first place?

I am all in favor of a Punk vs. Triple H match, but it completely throws off the build to Survivor Series, where they were originally supposed to wrestle. A match now is rushed, no question about it. It would also either expedite Hunter’s heel turn or blow what could be a big money match in favor of rushing it onto a “B” show. The lack of crisis management here in Titan Towers is just mind boggling if you ask me.

The irony here is that they announced the Punk vs. Nash match last night before replacing it. They never had to announce the match, thus never had to worry about delivering a high level replacement. They could have just as easily had Punk do something else on the show. Why they boxed themselves into this corner is beyond me.

I know I may get some heat for this but the booking of CM Punk following SummerSlam 2011 has been questionable at best. Since losing the title to Alberto Del Rio, Punk hasn’t even won a match on RAW by pinfall or submission. Now you have him getting laid out by a guy that he won’t even wrestle? I don’t know, but it would appear that they could have done a lot better of a job with their new commitment to Punk than the direction they have taken him over the last couple of weeks.

As for Kevin Nash, well I don’t know what you do with him at this point. He has been a bright spot on the shows although I have no interest in seeing him wrestle. He could fall into a bodyguard role for the person who sent the text, but that would likely require him wrestling at some point.

Oh, and CM Punk fans will be happy to know that he was originally booked to go over. CM Punk fans won’t be happy to know that now that the information is out, that probably means he is going under at Night of Champions 2011.

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Eric G.

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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