Originally Posted by Robstar
Rob, while I love the content of what you are saying, I have to bring up the fact that the WWE board does weigh in liability versus performance into decisions like this. If they didn't, Punk would not have risen to the heights he has seen. The guy has engaged in verbal warfare from the likes of Chris Brown to even Kurt Angle as he was just "stating his opinion" on topics presented. He's slammed WWE numerous times for not promoting his stuff (as recent as the last two day with his "Talking Dead" appearance), and has assaulted fans verbally and physically. This is not debating if Punk was right or wrong in his actions, but anytime a "Superstar" who holds the WWE belt tells a fan to "kill them self" or hits an audience member, (right or wrong) it will be shaded in a negative light; regardless of his justification. Punk has been able to get past these events because the WWE Board saw his performance (and current value) outweighed his lack of judgment, whereas Jericho was suspended for a flag incident because his performance wasn't crucial to the WWE product at the time.
The reason I bring this up isn't to say that WWE will sign Kurt when they have the chance, but rather that IF the WWE needed him for something that was of great value to the WWE, they would look past his track record, use him for what they can, and then distance themselves from him when they are through. If he was to go on a twitter rant when involved in a major angle with the current WWE champion (depending on content), they board would look the other way. If he did it while he was just putting younger talent over, he would be suspended or fired, again, depending on the rant. As much as the WWE brass are looking at things like this, they also have proven over time that they care more about making the $$ than they do about someone voicing their opinions on a social medium such as twitter.