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.
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.
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.
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