WWE News: Fan Video of CM Punk Attack on Raw Paints Very Clear Picture

Imaan JalaliFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

For the first time in months, if not years, Monday Night Raw culminated in a rumbling fever pitch.

As Vince McMahon battled CM Punk in what was basically a Kendo stick-laden street fight, fans chanted "this is awesome" and made a ruckus with their stomping feet, causing the hard camera to tremble.

There was a sense of passion and renewed excitement in the air, as the bout gave way to the sudden crowning of the next WWE phenom—the always-hungry, intense Ryback.

But when Punk scurried out of the ring and into the stands of Sacramento's Power Balance Pavilion, the scripted frenzy boiled over into a real-life unfortunate incident.

While live viewers were only able to witness Punk's offensive flurry on a member of the WWE Universe, a YouTube video posted by Raw attendee "DaJoel" (click HERE to watch it) illuminates a much clearer picture of what may have provoked Punk's attack. 

When Punk makes his way to the fan-flanked spot where he listens intently to McMahon's in-ring ultimatum, we begin to see the chaos quickly unfold.

First, we see the irascible heel immediately push away a Dolph Ziggler fan who attempts to touch the WWE title belt.

Next, Punk, for a reason not entirely clear, wards off a male adolescent in a Brock Lesnar tee with his elbow. Surprisingly, the kid retaliates with a forceful push, causing Punk to momentarily lose his balance, but not yet his composure.

Again, Punk loses his footing as a result of the close quarters, prompting him to quickly turn around, seemingly paranoid of his surroundings to the hilt.

Shortly thereafter, a man with a chin 'stache and black T-shirt, who is standing directly behind Punk, appears to be flashing his right index finger as if to communicate that he recognizes the man in front of him to be No. 1 and the "Best in the World."

Inexplicably, however, the same man decides to randomly put on a pair of black sunglasses, as an overzealous guy in a white dress shirt reaches out of nowhere to flaunt his middle finger and sneak in an open-handed jab to the back of Punk's head.

Without question, it is the straw that broke the WWE champion's poise.

In abrupt and unceremonious fashion, Punk unleashes a devastating spinning backfist and lunge-thrust maneuver to the skull and face of the man in black—except he is not the perpetrator.

Certainly, the fallout of this controversial skirmish raises two antithetical questions:

Was Punk's "self-defense," notwithstanding he hit the wrong man, justified given the frenetic circumstances? 

Or was it a horrible misunderstanding and overreaction on his part?

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