The C.M. Punk saga (as Michael Cole put it) continued last night on Monday Night Raw. Punk came down the entrance ramp at the top of the program, cutting off the WWE signature, holding a megaphone in case WWE attempted to cut him off again. He announced that Vince McMahon now wanted to sign him to a big lucrative contract. And while it only took six-years, an open mic, and one foot out the door to get McMahon to notice, Punk informed the Boston crowd that Raw would hold the first-ever live contract negotiation. But, as we come to find out, July 17, 2011, Punk will attempt to win the WWE Championship and walk out of WWE.
The cutting off the WWE signature might have been overlooked, or not appreciated. Punk’s Killswitch Engage song interrupted the signature right before John Cena’s “The Champ is Here!” could be heard. Obviously Punk has voiced his resentment on not being in the WWE signature two weeks ago, and cutting off Cena’s spot was ingenious on Punk’s part.
The words “The Champ is Here!” raised some pent-up frustration after Cena had nixed McMahon from re-signing Punk. While Cena always tries to play off that he’s the underdog in his encounters, that’s not how Cena’s booked. And Punk knows this. That’s why Punk had to cut him off, again, and remind him that he’s the one that lost sight. Because much like the sports teams in Boston, especially the Red Sox, John Cena has become a dynasty, while Punk is the true underdog.
Even throughout Punk’s three World Heavyweight title reigns, he was booked as the underdog. He held his first title in 2008 for 69 days. And during that time, he would defend it against the likes of JBL, Batista, and Kane, and WWE booked him to squeak by with DQ and Count-out victories. Many remarked, including JBL during a Raw promo, Punk was a transitional (paper) champion. He didn’t even lose the belt, he was hastily stripped of the title after being punted in the head by Randy Orton.
And when WWE (surprisingly) revisited that night the weeks leading up to this year’s WrestleMania, Punk (though heel) had the moral high ground. What did WWE do? They booked him to lose to Orton at WrestleMania, on Raw, and then again at Extreme Rules. How does the man who had the moral high ground lose to Orton 0-3? This is a great example of how WWE’s Anti-Bullying campaign is hypocritical.
C.M. Punk’s second go-ahead as the World Champ lasted a mere 49 days, losing it cleanly to Jeff Hardy — a guy that Mr. McMahon was bending over backwards to appease after realizing his worth in merchandise. Then when negotiations went south, Punk established his third reign defeating Hardy at SummerSlam. But before Punk could even digest the moment, he was chokeslammed by a returning Undertaker. And while a certain Mad Scientist believed UT’s return would spark off an incredible feud with Punk, WWE, in reality, didn’t fully believe that Punk could be the face of SmackDown. So in six-weeks, Punk’s third (and final) World title reign prematurely ended.
Now here we are, almost two years later, Mr. McMahon has come to realize Punk’s worth. It’s safe to assume Punk’s t-shirt being sold-out within minutes before Raw went on the air could be a money-attention grabber for McMahon.
Call it how you will – worked, scripted – most of what Punk got at from Mr. McMahon is real life animosity. C.M. Punk is tired of being undervalued and underutilized in the company. He trained to be a professional wrestler (not a superstar) and the fact that McMahon no longer has a clue of how to create superstars in 2011, by evidence of his friends Colt Cabana and Luke Gallows unceremoniously fired, is reason enough to leave.
When Punk straight-out demanded the apology from McMahon for firing his friends, his moral compass skyrocketed. He became a symbolic savior of sorts for all the talented wrestlers McMahon (and the glad-handed douchebags) failed to utilize because of their own ineptitude. Punk truly became the Voice for the Voiceless because they don’t have the opportunity to stand up to Mr. McMahon like he has.
This Sunday, Punk has vowed that he will walk out of his hometown of Chicago, IL, and the WWE company, with the WWE Title. Will he “bank” on that promise? Does he win the belt, and 2 seconds later lose it to Mr. Raw’s MITB? Or could he not only defeat Cena for the belt, but also defeat Mr. Raw’s MITB, and walk out of the company with the title in his possession?