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Chair Shots: A World Without Punk
By TripleR
Mar 4, 2014 - 2:56:32 PM

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If you watched Raw last night, which I’m sure a lot of you did, you saw the attempted hijacking of the WWE’s flagship show by a Chicago crowd that was just itching for the return of its hometown hero, the Straight Edge Superstar CM Punk. For a brief moment, it looked like we were going to get it. Vernon Reid’s guitar started to wail. Corey Glover’s vocals ripped through the arena, and the crowd anticipated The Best in the World…….and for my money they got him.

The always remarkable Paul Heyman came out to quiet a crowd that had all intentions of going into business for themselves for this event. He fed into the ego of the crowd. He told them to be louder. He sat Indian style in the ring like their hero had done so many times before. And then he shut them up. He blamed each and every fan in attendance for CM Punk walking out. He blamed them for taking Punk away from being a “Paul Heyman Guy.” In one short segment, Paul Heyman and the WWE showed why they’ve been able to do what they do better than anybody in the business. Sure the crowd tried to keep it up for the remainder of the evening, but their attempts were half-hearted, and at times downright embarrassing. When Chicago broke out a “Chris Benoit” chant, they should have done what they were going to do to anybody that wasn’t Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, and that’s turn their backs on themselves.

I’m not sure anybody else in that locker room could have handled that opening segment like Heyman did, and it goes to show that NOBODY in the business is as good on the stick right now as he is. His delivery, his mannerisms, the expressions in his eyes all tell the story of a man that is the best as what he does, and a man that in my opinion is more deserving of the term “Best in the World” than CM Punk is. Now before everybody starts flipping out, let me just say that I am a fan of CM Punk and what he brings to the table. But since his departure a few scant weeks ago, one thing has become crystal clear to me; the WWE doesn’t NEED CM Punk. In fact I’d go so far as to say that the WWE doesn’t NEED 99% of their roster more than 99% of their roster needs them.

From what I can tell, the split on CM Punk’s self-imposed exile is quite even. There are those that feel what he did was the right thing to do. By standing up for what he believes in, Punk sent a message to the WWE that he’s not going to take it anymore. He became the “voice of the voiceless” so to speak. That’s a term that’s been thrown around quite a bit lately, “voice of the voiceless.” But are we really voiceless? Whether you like what they attempted to do or not, the Chicago Raw crowd had a voice. We all do really. If we don’t like what’s going on in the WWE, we don’t have to watch the shows. We don’t have to buy their PPV’s, and we most certainly don’t have to been one of the hundreds of thousands of WWE fans who subscribed to the WWE Network. We have a voice, and quite frankly if enough people spoke loudly enough, people would listen.

The flip side of the argument though is that Punk was being selfish. He basically walked out on his contract. I can’t walk out on my job just because I don’t like people who may get promoted ahead of me. Well that’s not necessarily true is it? I could, but you best be certain that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to come back the next day because I had a change of heart. I’d be fired and somebody else would be sitting in my seat shortly after, or the company would do like so many others are and that’s not replace me at all. But Punk works in an industry where if you’re talented enough, you can get away with quite a bit when it comes to your job. Punk is still under contract. Punk hasn’t been released, and from all accounts, Vince and his staff are trying to work with Punk to facilitate his return. But the more time that passes, and the more time we go without Punk, the more Vince may realize that the WWE, and its expansive Universe, may not need him after all.

Right now, as we are on the Road to Wrestlemania, there are a lot of things moving around and falling into place for the biggest card of the year. John Cena is headed for a collision with The Wyatts. The Undertaker is set to defend his streak against Brock Lesnar. The Shield is combusting before our eyes with the conclusion possibly being a Rollins vs. Reigns vs. Ambrose match. And in the Main Event, Batista is set to face Randy Orton, but the landscape of that match may be shifting daily. There probably isn’t anything the WWE Universe wants more than to see Daniel Bryan in the Main Event at WM. There are so many possibilities that could get him there. Will he face Triple H for a shot at the Main Event later? Will he force his way into the match making it a Triple Threat? Will he not be in the match at all? But one thing that match doesn’t need right now is “What happens if CM Punk comes back?”

The Wrestlemania Main Event is already in need of a change. A lackluster champion in Randy Orton set to defend against a man that a lot of fans resent for being immediately put into the title picture Batista is certainly not screaming Main Event, especially now considering that both are apparently heel characters. So adding Punk to the mix, which would derail the Yes Movement in my opinion, would not be “Best for Business.”

The WWE can live in a World without Punk. I’m not so sure however that Punk can survive in a World without the WWE. CM Punk has proclaimed himself The Best in the World. It’s got to be true right? I’ve got the t-shirt to prove it. But as of late, it seems as though more and more people believe that less and less. However there is one person that believes it more than anybody and that is CM Punk. He’s his own #1 fan. Unfortunately for Punk though, I think he thinks a bit too highly of himself. Is he a great wrestler? Yes he is. Is he entertaining in the ring? Yes to that too. Is he quite good with a microphone? Again, a big yes. Is he the ONLY one in the WWE that gets a yes to all three of those questions? Not even close. So I’ve sat and asked myself numerous times since his departure where I sit in the great CM Punk debate. The answer is somewhere in-between; falling towards the side of being OK with Punk’s being gone. I do want change in the WWE, but I also feel that we are starting to see that happen. People like Daniel Bryan, The Shield, The Wyatts, Cesaro, and others are starting to become big time players in the WWE landscape. So change is happening. But in my opinion, Punk didn’t need to do what he did for the WWE Universe. For me, Punk did what he did for Punk. He wasn’t happy with his position, so he basically packed up his toys and went home. I don’t have a lot of respect for that. If Punk was truly doing what was best for the WWE Universe, he would have stayed and entertained the millions of fans that he is seemingly speaking for.

I can live in a World Without Punk. How about you?

I’m sure this one will spark discussion, so feel free to hit me up with your thoughts, comments, death threats, or crab cake recipes using all the available outlets. And as usual, thanks for reading.

Until next time,
Trip Out!

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