C.M. Punk’s promo, though masterful, clearly went blatantly over the line, resulting in his microphone being cut off and Raw’s abrupt conclusion. Following the program, WWE.com reported that WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon suspended C.M. Punk, giving this quote: “C.M. Punk was suspended indefinitely for his unprofessional conduct as soon as Raw went off the air.” WWE then continued by deleting Punk’s superstars page on WWE.com as well as his official WWE Facebook page. With Punk’s WWE contract expiring on July 17, and no plans from Punk to renew, one can only assume that this suspension effectively terminates his tenure with WWE.
Punk’s promo set off a torrent of speculation that had people talking into the early hours of the night. Was it a worked-shoot, or did Punk completely lose it? The fact that Punk’s promo was so good it has put doubt into the minds’ of viewers, meant that he did his job. This has been the most talked about segment on Raw since the return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But while The Rock created a buzz in the entertainment industry, Punk shook the professional wrestling world.
An hour before Raw aired, Punk tweeted, “I’m in full, ‘what are they going to do, fire me?’ mode.” With the promise of never coming back, and the unpredictability of live television, it was only too tempting for Punk to air out his true gripes with the company. It’s no secret that Punk is frustrated with how WWE has treated him because after almost 6 years, despite being the best on the mic, in the ring, and on commentary, he’s been kept on the back-burner. “I’ve grabbed so many of Vincent K. McMahon’s brass rings that it’s finally dawned on me that there just that, they’re completely imaginary.”
Along with the promo, fans have questioned why Punk was wearing a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin shirt. Punk and Austin do have some history together, having exchanged repartees via twitter and on a recent Guest GM special edition of Raw. But was there a deeper meaning behind the shirt? Steve Austin’s response to the matter, “Ladies and germs-I have no idea why @CMPunk wore my shirt tonite…but it looked damn good on him…” Similar to when he donned on the Randy Savage inspired wrestling gear, C.M. Punk’s decision to wear The Rattlesnake’s shirt shows that he has a deep respect for the history of the business. During the Austin Era, Stone Cold did things to Vince McMahon that people could only dream of getting away with from their own bosses. And for what C.M. Punk did, people wish they had the gaul to truly speak what was on their minds. Some have even alluded that Punk’s promo could be a revolutionary turning point in the business, comparable to Austin’s 3:16 speech that began the WWF’s transition to an edgier product. Could we see the return of TV-14?
If Punk indeed abused his air time to bury the company, will WWE go to the extreme lengths as to erase his existence from the company like they did to Chris Benoit? Seeing as Punk completely broke down the fourth wall and blasted the McMahon family for their inability to run the company, eliminating him from the history books is a real possibility.
But food for thought, “Punk, you leaving WWE is your decision. But seeing that you only have three Monday Night Raws left, we are going to make them count.” ~ Raw’s Anonymous General Manager
For the entire transcript of C.M. Punk’s Promo, click here.
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