WWE: Time to Be Aware of IWC’s Vocal Unrest over Punk and Bryan

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With the crowd’s ongoing voice of displeasure with WWE Creative’s recent burying of Daniel Bryan (burying him in the WWE Heavyweight Title picture and his absence in the Royal Rumble match) and CM Punk’s recent walkout (due to recent booking issues including the return of Batista and his immediate title push to learning of his planned WrestleMania opponent Triple H), it’s time for WWE to do some serious damage control. 

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Case in point, following how the Royal Rumble crowd in Pittsburgh last Sunday were able to hijack any positive reactions to the World Heavyweight Title match and the Royal Rumble match, a repeat reaction came up at Thursday’s NXT tapings. 

According to PWMania.com, fans were chanting for Punk during other wrestler entrances and during their matches. Another fan said it had to be a nerve-wracking night for WWE officials because of the Punk fans.

Thanks to social media the hardcore wrestling marks, that practically worship CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at the ROH and Indy darlings of the early 2000s, are able to get their message out to more of the WWE Universe and in turn get more support for their cause.

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Now, instead of having the indirect solution of unhappy talent taking their skills to another promotion like WCW, they can either walk away or leave it to the WWE Universe who think they can protest to get what they want. 

CM Punk, while it’s not right for him to leave and not honor the rest of his contract, has a good argument .  WWE Creative left Punk and Paul Heyman to work with each other following his loss of the WWE Championship at last year’s Royal Rumble.

They only forgot to think about what to do with him in this year’s WrestleMania 30 plans. Instead, WWE chose to go to their bring some back from the past playbook by resurrecting Batista from a 4-year hiatus instead of considering CM Punk was someone they could put high on the WrestleMania card that can draw money and viewers. 

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My argument on the podcast is never more relevant than it is now. Punk, Bryan and Cena along with featured attractions like Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, plus filling out the card with the Shield, The Wyatts and Sheamus is enough to build a strong WrestleMania card that can draw a sold out New Orleans Superdome, earn them over a million PPV buys worldwide and a strong launch to the WWE Network. WWE needs to get Punk back and quell the displeasure before it’s too late. -KOP

Brock Lesnar…Beast Incarnate ?

Okay let’s start with the facts here , Paul Heyman says that “Brock Lesnar” is a beast incarnate , come on people . Brock not only cheated in a match once with CM Punk , but now twice with the Big Show and you expect me to believe that he is a beast

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.Give me a break , firstly he always has Paul Heyman in his corner to do whatever sleazy deed it takes for Brock to continue to be a bad ass . It has the opposite effect in my respected opinion, it sinks Brock to a weak level .

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From the match that Brock had with CM Punk it was starting out fine , but just when CM Punk was closing in on a victory , again Paul Heyman steps in to help Brock out and that’s why Brock gets the best of CM Punk and gets the win . The finale of that match was irritating , how can you call Brock a beast incarnate any more ?

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Likewise with the match we just had with The Big Show Vs Brock Lesnar , I know I was at a loss for words for awhile when Brock cowardly gets a steel chair from Paul Heyman and starts beating the hell out of The Big Show with it . It is just plain pathetic when Brock needs a steel chair – as a crutch to beat the Big Show , why ? Well because obviously Brock knows that he cannot go one on one like a man to take out the Big Show.

Good nickname for Brock – ” The Bitch Incarnate ” , this shows that Brock is no beast , come on . I do understand that they want Brock to still be a legitimate top player and that the WWE considers The Big Show , let’s put it lightly not to be taken so seriously which is sad . Can’t deny I’m a Big Show fan as well as a John Cena #1 fan.

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– XBOX ONE CHUCK

WWE Universe: What Makes You Think Daniel Bryan Deserves to Be Champion?

I’ve been listening to a slew of podcasts since the Royal Rumble, covering the Rumble pay-per-view and Raw the night after with varying opinions. As I get ready to tape the podcast later tonight I ask myself the question above.

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From the Dave Meltzers to the Don Tonys to the Brian Fritzs to the John Pollocks (picture me cutting a promo like Shane Douglas when he threw down the NWA Championship belt), I feel like a Stretch Armstrong doll being pulled in different directions trying to make out why the Pittsburgh audience reacted Sunday night, just because Daniel Bryan didn’t make it into the Rumble match.

From as far back as Summerslam, I have talked about how Daniel Bryan has been over since WrestleMania 28. Even as he was pulled out of the singles title picture, he was able to thrive in a year-long “Team Hell No” story line.

I have said that Bryan deserves to stay high on the match card looking in or be involved in main event matches or even be a title contender.

The problem is WWE Creative has failed to book Bryan properly to make him a credible championship contender. It all falls back to when John Cena hand-picked Bryan as his Summerslam opponent. He never earned the right to challenge for the belt. Cena chose the popular opinion of the WWE Universe, and the WWE Universe learned that if they just kept chanting “YES!” Daniel Bryan would get what the fans wanted for him.

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Cena’s injury post-Summerslam made Bryan the defacto top babyface, and of course the crowd was ecstatic about it, but he never wrestled in any matches to declare him #1 contender.

That’s why I haven’t had any issues with Daniel Bryan not being the champion or why WWE chose to not to let him keep the belt. I believe you can make him a champion and there are precedents like Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and even Shawn Michaels to support that the WWE Champion does not need to be big and musclebound.

For Bryan to be taken seriously as a champion, they needed to have him win a viable contender’s match and then give him a long title run so that he can EARN his foothold in the main event, just like they did with CM Punk.

Instead, having he Authority put him down and screwing him out of title victories has not benefited anyone. It has weakened the belt for three straight PPVs. The title matches at Night of Champions and Battleground were a total wash. If you wanna know why the TV ratings and the PPV buy rates dropped, there’s your proof.

Fast forward to TLC 2013,  Daniel Bryan has been moved out of the title picture and into a feud with the Wyatt family. John Cena had to talk about giving Daniel Bryan a title shot if he beat Orton for the newly formed WWE World Heavyweight Championship to win the crowd’s approval. Well it would not come to be because Orton won the match in an overbooked no-DQ match and then won a rematch with a diversion at the Royal Rumble. (Tell me again how anyone should care about the title picture, or care about Randy Orton for that matter).

The WWE Universe wants Daniel Bryan to be rewarded for his great matches and his in-ring ability, okay that’s fine. But WWE Creative has yet to give us a reason why he really deserves it.

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Did you guys forget how you booked Bryan for his run as World Heavyweight Champion in 2011. Winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, cashing in on Big Show, winning multiple title matches over Big Show and Mark Henry or both.

Now, Monday night, Triple H planted the seeds to let Daniel Bryan have another title shot, because what the spoiled and entitled WWE Universe wants… they now will get.

In an age where our President of the United States is picked out of popularity (without earning it in my opinion), we want to do the same thing in the WWE.

Time to bring the sports back in sports entertainment. Like a UFC fighter or a NASCAR Driver or a boxer can beat all comers before they can contend for a championship,  Daniel Bryan is good enough to be in the main event and be a champion, but the writers and the bookers need to build the story so that he becomes once and for all, a contender. -KOP