CM Punk beat up Jerry Lawler again. He then walked out of a champion vs. champion match against Sheamus.
Chicago fans refused to take the bait. It's going to take a lot more from WWE's creative team to get the heel turn to take root in Punk’s hometown.
Most wrestlers in most cities can go from hero to scum with a few choice remarks directed at the audience.
Punk in Chicago is in a unique position.
He may end up becoming one of the most hated men in every other city in America, but come home to cheers, no matter what.
Chicago fans aren't easily swayed by whom they should cheer and boo for. John Cena, beloved by a good portion of fans around the world, gets his most venomous boos in Chi-town.
They adore Punk, a guy who embodies the city's toughness. Unlike some of the wrestlers on the WWE roster who look like they've been plucked from the pages of a comic book, Punk looks like a guy you might know.
He is the cool, down-to-earth guy you want to hang with.
So even after putting a senior citizen in the hospital, even after denying the crowd what would have been the best match of the night, Chicago keeps cheering Punk.
If WWE is not okay with Punk being cheered in Chicago despite the advancement of his villainy, it's going to be an uphill climb getting fans there to turn on him.
WWE won't be able to rely on old standbys.
Punk can bully announcers, referees or planted fans. He can become more cowardly, more dastardly, more merciless.
Chicago will need to see more than that.
Rather than fight it, WWE should embrace the situation. The storylines it would take to get Chicago to hate Punk would likely teeter on the brink of tasteless and reek of controversy.
The way that Bret Hart was a heel in the U.S. and a face in Canada, the best answer for Punk is to accept the current situation.
Aside from burning a Chicago flag or catching a fly ball that causes the Cubs to lose a playoff game, Punk will get a hero's welcome in his hometown, no matter how bad he gets.