Life is rough in the world of WWE.
CM Punk had just retained his WWE Championship belt with a thrilling victory over Chris Jericho, in one of the thrillers of WrestleMania 28. Less than 24 hours later, Punk was back in the ring with his belt on the line against the 400-pound Mark Henry on Monday Night Raw—with a bad back.
Where’s the respect for the champ?
Well, in a way it was his fault. As new owner of Raw and SmackDown, John Laurinaitis was introducing a new era in WWE. Punk proceeded to called him out by labeling him a tool box.
Laurinaitis instantly used his new power to exact revenge. But in typical WWE fashion, Punk retained his belt on the technicality of a count-out, where Henry was unaware of the parameter that it had to be a pin-fall to earn the belt. It would have been Henry’s first ever title.
So, Punk still has his title, but he is going to be putting it on the line early and often under the new Laurinaitis regime. I expected the WWE universe to be bowing down to Punk after yet another defense of his title.
Instead, after getting the absolute crap beat out of him by Henry, Jericho stormed onto the stage and proceeded to pour “alcohol” all over a half-conscious Punk before breaking the bottle over his head.
The message has been sent that the champion of the WWE has to defend his belt constantly. No time to bask in its glory.
That has to really piss off Punk behind the scenes. The “Best in the World” has to get knocked around rather harshly with a bad back after an epic Jericho match in the biggest event of the year?
No sleep for the weary, I suppose, but the corporation is really taking a risk by allowing Punk to get thrown around like that on a consistent basis. It will be interesting to see how long he can keep up this frenetic pace before his body begins to breakdown and he loses his title.
The new era did not get off to a great start for the hottest wrestler on the planet.