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Missed Opportunity: CM Punk and WWE Revolution

Rating: 2 votes, 4.00 average.
As far as I'm concerned WWE have already botched this CM Punk angle. For me it's done and the only thing we can expect now is for everything to return to the same predictable WWE routine.

Bringing Punk back so soon totally undermined his classic shoot-style promo, his title win and his character because:

A) he did not leave with the title like he said he would
B) He doesn't hate WWE as much as his promo suggests
C) The whole "I'm a rebel and I'm gonna do what I want" attitude fell apart as soon as he came out wearing his WWE shop t-shirt. Not to mention he's back under WWE's contract and following their rules.

The reason Punk's promo worked so well is because people bought into it and thought it was real. Now, if Punk tries to "shoot" again the fans will know it's a work and that we can't believe anything he says.

Not only did WWE go back on Punk leaving with the title, they went back on firing John Cena. It's the old "boy who cries wolf" scenario where stipulations don't mean anything any more.

There's no way to come back from that.

What's more, having 2 titles just seems silly. Maybe if he'd been away more than 1 week and Cena had notched up some title defences, the 2nd title might actually mean something, but it's pointless.

And now we're back to Punk vs Cena again and again. Same old predictable WWE programming.

What I would've done....

Following the shoot interview I would not have brought Mr McMahon out in character for the contract signing. That was too comical to be taken seriously and looked like a total work.

In fact, I would've tried to cover up the promo like it never happened (which would be WWE policy if it was a real shoot) and spread a rumour to wrestling sites that Punk had been fined for it. This would get the fans really stirred up as they did when Daniel Bryan was fired.

I'd give Punk the title match as planned, but all announcers and ringside staff are told that Cena will be going over. Only the ref knows the true plan.

About 15 minutes into the match Punk would hit Cena with a stiff kick and appear to knock him out cold. This would come without any build up and look like Punk had gone off script and into business for himself.

While Cena is unconscious, Punk covers him. The referee hesitates, looks round for guidance, but makes a very reluctant 3 count. He then stands up and looks around confused.

Punk grabs the title and runs into the crowd holding the title.

Medics rush to the ring to attend to Cena. Security run to ringside and WWE staff look visibly confused. There is no annoucement for the winner and commentators aren't clued in so they don't know how to react.

The show ends abruptly.

On Raw the following night Vince gives an out of character speech stating that CM Punk is no longer associated with the WWE and is not recognised as the champion. The following weeks WWE continue as though Punk never existed and have Cena as their champion.

Everyone will be thinking that Punk took the liberty of going rogue, knocking out Cena and stealing the WWE title. The controversy of this would be the talk of the net and the media. It would be bigger than the Montreal Screwjob.

Meanwhile, Punk builds publicity for the angle by conducting interviews with mainstream news papers, magazines and appearing on chat shows. He would talk about how WWE screws many of their workers and how he decided to turn the tables. He would shoot on Vince and WWE the same way Bret did.

Punk appears on the indy circuit with the WWE title. He claims he's the real champion and how Cena is just the corporate face etc etc.

So, although WWE is continuing as normal. Punk is garnering mainstream publicity for this angle and fans are hooked.

Wrestling news sites start picking up rumours about how WWE are trying to file a lawsuit regarding a breach of contract and assault charges against Cena.

Eventually the fictional lawsuit results in Punk being given an ultimatum of being made bankrupt or signing a contract with WWE and defending the title. He begrudgingly rejoins WWE.

However, he continues his loose cannon role, continues to speak out and continues to be the rebellious character we've grown to love.

Cena, in the meantime, starts playing into the role of corporate champion. He claims he will do what is necessary for the good of the company and becomes the antithesis of what CM Punk stands for.

In the 25 years I have been a wrestling fan there is one key to success I have noticed. Fans respond well to chaos, unpredictability and rebellion. They love the idea of wrestlers straying from the script, fighting the higher power and doing what they would love to do. It's the same formula that made Stone Cold, NWO, DX and ECW so successful.

We saw hints of chaos and rebellion when NXT rookies tore up the ring and fans went crazy for it. If WWE knew how to follow through on these angles and break away from their sterile, predictable and forumlaic routine, and take some risks they have the potential to start an exciting new era.

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Updated 08-01-2011 at 04:25 PM by Frank

Tags: punk, shoot
Thoughts and Opinions


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  1. The Brown One's Avatar
    Theres no way of predicting the outcome of this storyline shane. By the way, the media and wrestling fans all over the world ARE TALKING ABOUT this. It doesn't matter if it could have gone your way, people would still be in a rave about it.
  2. shanethewolf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Brown One
    Theres no way of predicting the outcome of this storyline shane. By the way, the media and wrestling fans all over the world ARE TALKING ABOUT this. It doesn't matter if it could have gone your way, people would still be in a rave about it.
    It's true, but some people will just lap up whatever WWE (or mainstream promoters) throw at them.

    People will be interested in this for a while because of CM Punk's great promo. I'm sceptical and yet I still tuned into Raw this week and I will probably watch again next week. But I'm pretty sure I'll be bored by then and stop watching, and I have no interest in Summerslam whatsoever.

    It's just like when The Rock returned. People were hot for it and were talking about it for weeks. Fans were even saying how it will change the WWE and how we were on the verge of a new era. But by Wrestlemania most people had lost interest because of WWE's poor writing and short sightedness. The fans reacted the same way to the NXT invasion, but a few weeks later it was done.

    This will be no different, I'm sure of it.
    Updated 08-02-2011 at 08:30 AM by shanethewolf
  3. Manabu's Avatar
    very good blog, I like the idea of cena going corporate. It leaves it open as to wether he'll turn or not
  4. hbk2416's Avatar
    WWE couldn't afford to leave Punk out of the picture. He is the hottest thing they have going right now, and their 2nd biggest pay per view of the year is two weeks away. No Punk=low buy rates. Period.
  5. shanethewolf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Manabu
    very good blog, I like the idea of cena going corporate. It leaves it open as to wether he'll turn or not
    Thanks. I believe that the best characters in wrestling are those based on who that person really is. I think it's clear that Cena is a manufactured champion and Vince's pet, so it makes sense for him to play into that role more. He could have HHH and the general manager making stipulations in his favour, giving him weak opponents and a conspiracy to try and keep the title on him.

    He could even admit that's how it's always been and how he played the good guy/poster boy because it was good money. He could say how he never really cared about the fans and talk about how he secretly resented them for booing him, but needed to put on a fake smile and sign autographs because it made business sense.

    Although I have no faith in this CM Punk angle now, I am hoping the crowd boos for Cena will continue and force him into a heel turn and change of character. I actually like Cena, but he's so stale and needs a change.
  6. aloisick's Avatar
    I dont think you could have triple hhh vs vince now would be great but that is done and vince is to old now could be hhh v cena again or v punk as cena may turn heel for a little while then revert back to babyface as this would cause controversy but allow him to go back to taking the kiddies and mums money for the wwe. as for punk it seems that he will probably remain where he was before in a couple of months.... in limbo. ill say this once and ill say it again, i reckon vladimir kozlov, regal, marella and barret should create a european faction against the u.s.a. that always gets fans going and they could work the financial crisis angle with the european faction bringing back the european title or even stealing the intercontinental title and temporaraly renaming it the european title and claiming that america put europe in the financial crisis they are in and now the same is happening to them, which punk could leave the american charge or even cena turning babyface again to fight the INVASION
  7. beatfighter3000's Avatar
    Personally I think the direction WWE is going in, is pretty awesome. My opinion may not be as valid as most of the people on here, because I stopped watching WWE fully up until money in the bank this year. I was keeping on track by looking at results that had been typed up on here, and occasional videos on youtube, but all in all, I hadnt been paying much attention to WWE. I like the ideas you raised about how WWE could have used Punk's outside popularity as a means of gaining more popularity in the WWE and therefore utilising the storyline. I however feel that the path WWE is currently taking with punk, the new COO Triple H and Cena [surprisingly] is quite amazing. I mean I left watching raw seeing those crappy old matches where I could quite frankly say before the match had commenced who was going to win. This whole punk angle has completely got me addicted to WWE again, because I'm loving the fact he is carrying the voice of the people behind him; something we haven't seen in a while. Yeah he came back after a week's absence, but the fact is he said what he was going to do, and did it. He left the WWE with the WWE title, but I dont quite remember him saying hes NEVER coming back. I do wonder how far this story line goes before things start getting dry, but maybe people are right, and this is the rebirth of an "attitude" era
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