CM Punk may have suffered an injury this past Monday night.
On the March 11 Monday Night Raw, Punk wrestled Kane in the main event after interrupting and disrespecting the tribute to Paul Bearer, who passed away on March 5. Several times during the bout the cameras cut away and the referee threw up the 'X' sign, the universal WWE signal that a potential real injury has occurred.
According to WrestleingInc.com:
There was some sort of injury to CM Punk during the No DQ match with Kane at Monday's RAW. When Punk was down after a bad spill, the cameras cut away but referee Mike Chioda threw up the "X" symbol and a trainer came down to look at Punk. A few more times during the match, Chioda called for a trainer to come down but Punk ended up finishing the match.
The match with Kane on Monday was a very physical affair. If Punk was injured in some fashion, he did an excellent job of masking it. The at-home audience saw none of the trainers coming down to look at him.
One has to wonder where this puts the WWE. Large portions of Raw were spent on furthering the feud between Punk and The Undertaker. His disrespect on the passing of Bearer did a wonderful job of drawing tremendous heat on his character.
So much heat was drawn on Punk that even Jim Ross commented on it. On his blog he wrote:
Punk interrupting the final moments of the opening Paul Bearer tribute was villainy 101. As a matter of fact, I felt like Punk had more antagonist angst when Raw was going off the air than he did when he first arrived on the scene in the first segment of the show. The idea is to motivate fans to pay to see the villain get his ass handed to him and if that theory is accurate then WWE succeeded in regards to the Taker-Punk 'Streak' match at WM29.
If Punk is injured, the WWE will need to assess how serious it is. It would be a horrible blow to the WrestleMania card if he were forced to step out of the bout. It's not like they could do what they did last year when Punk had knee surgery, where he still had an impact. If he's out then the WWE is out on a huge match.
Of course, if he is hurt, Punk may simply continue to wrestle until the pay-per-view, then take time off from the ring.
There is no official word from either Punk or the WWE. Hopefully nothing is serious and Punk will continue to be in action.
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