Just finished listening to CM Punk’s interview on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. If you have not listened to it, here you go.
Aside of two statements that I think could be disputed (Equal pay to the Rock at Wrestlemania XXX and that he could get himself over bigger without WWE), I totally support everything he said in the interview. He is absolutely right.
I say that because I am working for an industry much like pro wrestling is controlled by a major corporate conglomerate that is truly the major leagues or (coining a WCW slogan) where the big boys play…..Radio.
I worked for the biggest radio company in the world for 4 years. The company was named Clear Channel until one of their digital acquisitions became so popular and profitable they decide to take its name and become iHeartMedia.
Though employees of iHeartMedia ARE entitled to medical and retirement benefits, they are for the most part under appreciated, expected to drink the corporate kool aid and go beyond the call of duty working extra hours or working sick for fear of losing their jobs and their benefits. No to mention, a lot of talented workers deal with a glass ceiling overshadowed and overlooked many times by veteran talents who refuse to let go “of their spot” or non-talents that got their job by “who they know in mid-management or at the top”.
Unfortunately for WWE and Clear Channel, I have to respect their business practices because they have been able to become publicly traded and gain worldwide expansion (Although, the latter will eventually drown in an ocean of debt, but I digress) for over 50 and 40 years respectively.
Back to CM Punk, from day one. I didn’t want to try to observe why he chose to leave. If he chose to leave it was his chice and that there must be a pretty good reason why. Well, he had a VERY GOOD reason and I wish him the very best outside of wrestling.-KOP