Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who's the Punk?

Just a couple of days back, CM Punk was asked and appeared on Colt Cabana's show "The Art of Wrestling" and pulled back the curtain on his beef with WWE, which included, but was not limited to being fired on his wedding day, being forced to work with a concussion and a staph infection after being misdiagnosed ringside, and the list goes on and on.

Wrestlers and wrestling personalities have weighed in on the interview; everyone from Ryback and J.R. to The Rock and BG James have tossed their name behind an opinion in the matter and it seems like every has the same thing to say: There's two sides to this. To my mind, I'm dying to know what the second side of this story actually is. Apparently Trips and Vince are up in arms over it and I'm curious as to why, if untrue, they have anything to worry about. After all, they're both bigger than the industry....aren't they?

Ryback and BG James take the far more favorable second story approach to the interview, but The Rock, in kayfabe classic style, says "The Rock has drawn more in one night, than Punk will in a lifetime." I can only shake my head at such a double edged statement like that. On the one hand, it's funny if it's all kayfabe. On the other, it's such an arrogant and unfair way of putting one's two cents into the mix.

Whatever the case, CM Punk has become the single most polarizing performer in the past 5-10 years in the past week. My take on the situation is that some of this confirms what I've been saying for the
past few years about WWE's take on some of their fan favorite talents. At the same time, however, I shutter to think that much more of my suspicions were true from the interview.

Over the years, I've put a lot of labels on WWE, but even if some of the stuff said by Punk is true, I almost feel sorry for Vince and company for how much shame this puts squarely on their shoulders after. I hope that this teaches a lesson not soon forgotten about how to make a performer work as a company cheerleader instead of a workhorse. I think Benoit, Guerrero, Hennig, and a great many others who only got the taste of success even though they deserved the lion's share, would agree.

As for behind the scenes, a great many are in the number who didn't like Punk, but after this interview, there's at least some respect. So many performers are afraid of losing their jobs and for this reason, there are few questions put to the higher-ups, few concerns raised, and even fewer disagreements brought up between said performers and WWE executives. Those people felt vindicated as he became, as he did in the time after the 'pipe bomb', a voice for the voiceless.

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