Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CM Punk Going Home

If you are reading a wrestling blog then surely you have heard that CM Punk has allegedly told Vince McMahon and WWE that he is "going home."  This would explain his absence from Monday Night Raw.  The reasons given are about what you'd expect.  Punk is allegedly not happy with his place on the card, he is burned out and possibly disappointed that he's not going to be able to main event WrestleMania ahead of his contract expiring in July.

Whatever the reasons I don't really have a problem with Punk doing what is best for him.  Lord knows that justification has been used over the years to defend Vince and WWE with the Montreal Screwjob being the most obvious and glaring example of this.  That being said it's kind of tough because it honestly seems like Punk has been phoning it in for a while now.  At this point I cannot really say I will even miss him that much and I am/was a huge fan of the guy. 

WWE's Summer of Punk was a huge angle.  It made CM Punk an even bigger star, but in my opinion they botched it.  I'm not going to rehash the whole deal, but the follow through on that angle was severely lacking.  The bigger issue is that they neutered him and had him play a poor man's Stone Cold to John Laurinaitis' bootleg Mr. McMahon.  Punk did the best he could with what he had, but it failed...miserably.  His heel turn was initially promising as was his 400+ day run as WWE Champion with Paul Heyman at his side for much of it.  The magic was just never really recaptured though.

Lately, Punk has just been one of the guys.  Assuming this isn't a work or even if it is I certainly hope his return will help refresh Punk (the person) and freshen up Punk (the character).  In general, WWE would be better off if they did cycle their top talent in an and out more often (even John Cena).  I know why it's not necessarily feasible, but it would help us avoid getting burned out on these guys as an audience too.  It would be a win-win for the crowds and the wrestlers.

Whatever happens I wish him nothing but the best.  Good for him that he can afford to make a decision like this.  If true, that is a good sign he has avoided the things that have destroyed so many wrestlers' lives.  

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