Undertaker vs. CM Punk: Bringing Back an Attitude We Crave but Don't Really Want
The WWE Universe at large, and the IWC especially, is horribly capricious—susceptible to changes in viewpoints and perspectives as often as Jack Swagger berates "WE THE PEOPLE!" It's disappointing really, because amidst the incessant moaning and whining we succumb to monotony and fail to appreciate the good things in life and, in this scenario, on wrestling shows.
The Undertaker-CM Punk feud has been raw, crude, offensive and intensely attitudinal. Not too long ago (or maybe just yesterday) we kept pleading for the return of the Attitude Era.
Attitude Era was arguably the WWE's golden era, and trust me when I say this—it was dirty. Dirtier than the Alberto Del Rio's car once Sheamus was done with it. Dirtier than The Boogeyman.
CM Punk's antics lately have been provocative and insulting, so much so that every fan on Earth wishes to bury him alive—which is the point. Such unbound hatred for a superstar, who is in reality a fantastic wrestler with a history of exquisite promos, requires a great deal of effort, and more importantly, effort in the right direction.
Despite being a fan of CM Punk's work for a while now, I legitimately want to see him get murdered by Undertaker for besmirching Paul Bearer's legacy.
This is good heel work.
Much like Brock Lesnar. He is great at his job (hurting people), and deserves to be cheered for in an era where Great Khali is still prominent on television and superstars like Antonio Cesaro and Wade Barrett are figuratively and literally getting kicked in the nuts. He deserves to be cheered, but I want someone to demolish Brock Lesnar for everything he has done.
Are you okay with the way WWE has used Paul Bearer's death in the Punk-Taker feud?
That's good heel work.
Before you heatedly bring down this article as the piece of a delusional fan, know this—it is horrible to mock someone's death, and I am in no way advocating such heinous acts. But also know that this is the kayfabe world of wrestling, one where Mae Young has a hand for a child and Vince McMahon has already died in a limousine.
Also know that, Paul Bearer's family had given their consent to the storyline, much like how Jerry Lawler had given his consent for the whole heart attack angle Punk and Heyman shamelessly portrayed.
If the entities involved don't have a problem with fictional characters using real situations to portray fictitious emotions, then why do you?
This kind of drama gets people talking, gets them anticipating. As an entertainment company, from a fan of the show they produce, this is good television. I'm hungry for content that would make me curious over Undertaker's response to something as debasing as this. I can't wait for WrestleMania to see how the demon from death valley unleashes all his fury in a 20-30 minute match. In terms of entertainment and hype, this is good work.
Paul Heyman was right when he said we plead for attitude yet are afraid to embrace it once we actually get it. We're the same people who don't want a demolition machine in Ryback and chant 'Goldberg' at him because both of them were bald. We're the same people who chant 'You Can't Wrestle!' to Fandango because NXT is non-existant.
We want a dark WWE, yet one still with Fruity Pebbles jokes. Attitude Era isn't just using curse words in your promos and having regular Bra & Panties matches.
If Batman was the hero Gotham deserved and didn't need back then, then Attitude Era is the era we all need but don't deserve right now.
Thanks for the read all.
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