WWE champion CM Punk was involved in an altercation with a fan at the end of Monday Night Raw.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11:50 a.m. ET
According to NoDQ.com, there are conflicting stories going around about the fan who Punk struck and his role.
Fan notes from last night's RAW also indicate that CM Punk did strike the right fan. It's hard to say what really happened unless you are Punk or one of the offending fans. One person who was sitting one section over wrote to us and said that the man who got punched actually shoved Punk in the back of the head while the cameras were cut away on Vince McMahon in the ring. One fan wrote to us and said the man who got hit was definitely innocent and was seen making gestures to police like he was trying to explain what happened. There are various accounts going around about what happened last night.
Another point that the site also update involved the fan, stating that he was not, in fact, a plant by WWE to rile up Punk.
This whole mess could get very bad for WWE in a hurry. No matter what fans do, it is never right to strike them, The fact that Punk appears to strike the right one based on the video only makes the situation that much worse.
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For those who didn't see it, Punk was supposed to have a match with Vince McMahon, but Punk attacked McMahon before it ever officially began. Ryback came out to the ring to help McMahon, so Punk went into the stands.
Punk started walking up the stairs turned around and was getting touched by some fans in the stands, which is not a surprise. If you have ever been to a wrestling event, you know that fans do all they can to get a handshake or something to that effect.
As Punk was standing on the stairs, a fan pushed him twice. He turned around the first time to fire the person a dirty look. The second time, Punk swung his right hand back and hit a fan right in the head before turning around to strike him again.
Aside from actually hitting a fan, you can see on the video that Punk actually hits the wrong person. The guy in the black T-shirt with his hands raised is the one who Punk goes after, but you can clearly see that there is a smaller guy who sneaks behind that guy and shoves Punk the second time.
The fan is still filling out a report with law enforcement.— Laura Cole (@Colereporting) October 9, 2012
None of that is to defend what Punk did. He made an incredibly stupid mistake, one that is likely going to end up costing him and WWE, both in money and public relations.
What the fan did was stupid, but Punk's actions were much worse. When you go into the stands, you know that you are entering hostile territory. Fans are going to do whatever they have to in order to get their hands on you. Some might even try to prove their toughness by standing up to a wrestler.
It is on the wrestler to show restraint, which really shouldn't be that hard. Plus, why was there no security around to clear a path for Punk?
This whole thing could have been avoided if WWE had just taken a few necessary precautions to make sure that fans had minimal interaction with Punk as he was leaving.
Now, WWE will have to go into full-blown damage control.
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