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The biggest talking point of Raw came courtesy of CM Punk’s right hand.
The incident was caught on camera by YouTube user DaJoel, and can be viewed in its entirety here.
While I’m no expert on the legal ramifications of an incident like this, it seems to me that CM Punk was provoked. Though unfortunately, he struck the wrong person in retaliation.
Upon arriving at the top of the steps, Punk brushes off a Dolph Ziggler fan and shrugs off a black-haired fan, wearing what appears to be a Brock Lesnar T-shirt.
The clip then clearly shows the same black-haired fan to the right of CM Punk shove the WWE Champion much harder in response. Punk does his best to ignore the situation but the fan visibly berates Punk, prompting the wrestler to turn to him and say something.
Moments later, a fan in a white shirt can just about be seen giving Punk the middle finger before pushing him in back of the head. Punk then unfortunately loses his cool. He turns and strikes a fan but it is the wrong man, an innocent bystander who was simply putting his glasses back on.
As stated earlier, I have little idea of what is legally permitted and what is not at a wrestling show, and there are a number of questions surrounding this issue.
Did Punk act out of order? Did the fans deserve to be pushed back? Where was security during this exchange? And should the fans have remained in their seats?
I don’t think this was a work, but I don’t think CM Punk should be fired for the incident. It is a difficult situation for the company to be in, as it is hard to determine exactly where the fault lies.
Personally, I think that you’re asking for trouble if you lay hands on a WWE superstar at a wrestling show, but nonetheless CM Punk should perhaps have shown a greater degree of restraint.
A controversial topic and one I’m sure you will have plenty to say about.