CM Punk’s run going back to his ECW-WWE debut has been fun to watch. Although I haven’t gotten to see any of his Ring of Honor work, I’ve only gotten to hear the many stories of his rebellious spirit while having a pure passion for the wrestling business.
For all of my comments on the podcast about how much I like his overall ability inside the squared circle and on the microphone, I believe WWE has been pretty good to CM Punk. Many times through his 8-year run he has held championship gold, led several different factions at the mid-card and main event level.
CM Punk, from how outspoken he has been in many public interviews, has always given me the vibe that devoting his life to pro wrestling was never in the cards.
His wrestling career has been motivated only if what he is given to do keeps him interested. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Tuesday night on the Wrestling is Real podcast, I spoke about how “maybe it’s CM Punks’ fault that he lost his main event spot. It’s pretty hard I admit to find new ways to keep motivated when you have come off an impressive and legendary 434-day run as WWE Champion and you were in several high profile feuds with The Rock, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
Where things went south was CM Punk continuing to stretch his angle vs Paul Heyman with the inclusion of Ryback and Curtis Axel into the feuds as Paul Heyman guys. Although the this new arc of the angle was given a good ol’ college try, CM Punk should have chosen to listen to some alternatives that WWE Creative offered him.
I still believe that even though Daniel Bryan’s momentum would have taken a back seat, I think an alliance with Bryan against the Authority would have been the right place to have put him. That way, his involvement in matches with The Shield and The Wyatt Family would have meant more, and who knows, his stint in the Royal Rumble would have been more significant, he would have had a spot in the Elimination Chamber and maybe, he would have a spot in a fatal four way with Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX.
Enough of my fantasy booking, either way, just the involvement of Punk in the Daniel Bryan/ Authority angle (at the point when Big Show was getting financially screwed and the Rhodes family was fired) would have only helped kept Punk in he limelight and maybe keep him interested.
All I’m saying is that some one is responsible for why CM Punk, either no one thought about what was best for CM Punk to keep him happy, whether it’s his doing or not. Or, maybe when he had the chance to rehab from injury last summer he should have stayed home longer to recoup and re-focus. Now, maybe it will not even matter. Maybe, we have seen the last of CM Punk in WWE. -KOP