In the mainstream world, Kim Kardashian posing nude broke the internet. But in the crazy world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment, the internet broke when CM Punk finally spoke up on the terms of leaving WWE on Colt Cabana’s podcast, and when Vince McMahon agreed to do a live Stone Cold podcast on the WWE Network.
Both interviews were very insightful and ground breaking in there own ways: CM Punk used a number of expletives to describe his frustrations towards the WWE’s creative process, medical practices, and being terminated on his wedding day; and Vince McMahon sat in the hot seat for a live 70-minute sit down with Steve Austin, who promised that he wouldn’t hold anything back. And we did get a lot of answers from Vince; although some were answered with the greatest of corporate correctness, others were answered honestly.
It’s incredible how, as wrestling fans, we can sit down and listen to these guys talk for hours without getting tired. And yet, we constantly complain whenever they talk too much on television. But as Vince explained, it’s all about getting people invested in these characters: They can’t just wrestle for the sake of wrestling, there has to be a reason.
We listened to these podcasts because we are invested in these people. CM Punk/Phil Brooks, call him what you may but we want to know what makes him tick. As for the “grand wizard”, Vince is seen as this powerful man but behind the curtains he’s just a man who loves to entertain people.
When Vince was asked about CM Punk, a topic that was considered taboo up to that point, he sincerely apologized for Punk being fired on his wedding day. He didn’t delve further because he didn’t want to “air dirty laundry”. Even though Punk held nothing back when he spoke to Colt for 2-hours, Vince pointed out that this situation is largely due to a lack of communication, but that he hopes that they can work together in the future.
After listening to CM Punk berate the WWE, the last thing I expected to hear from McMahon was that he would still want to work with Punk. But as he told Stone Cold, he listens to the audience, and he knows when to check his ego and do what’s best for business. He knows the WWE Universe wants CM Punk back, but that doesn’t mean that CM Punk wants to come back. It was pretty cut-and-dry on the Art of Wrestling that Punk has no desire to ever wrestle again. But that was the same song and dance heard from Steven Austin when he left; from Bret Hart when he left; from Ultimate Warrior when he left. And yet, one by one, Vince managed to mend fences and make amends with each of those men.
If CM Punk is truly content with never wrestling again, then it was great having him around to entertain us. But if there is still some passion left for the business, despite the transgressions with the poor medical physicians on staff, CM Punk owes it to himself to speak to McMahon and see if they can find some common ground.
By the way, how awesome was it to hear Vince adamantly confirm that “Macho Man” Randy Savage will one day be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?
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