In case you were unaware, Punk was slated to have the summer off and return around SummerSlam. Now, WrestleZone.com reported that Punk is advertised to return on May 27 and has been added to several other upcoming dates.
The article states:
We reported just moments ago that CM Punk, who has been advertised for the 5/27 edition of Raw for several weeks now, has been added to the advertisement for the 6/3 Raw in Hartford as well.
Since that report, Punk has been added to several more WWE events, including the 6/17 Raw taping in Grand Rapids, MI, and WWE's Tokyo, Japan events on 7/4 and 7/5. As of now, Punk is still not listed for any PPV events during the summer, but as he continues to be added to more Raw tapings, it appears as if that could very easily change.
Overall, I am a bit torn by this news, as I was hoping the company would attempt to rise above without one of its top stars. To me, this was a solid opportunity to showcase some of the WWE's younger stars who are on the cusp of stardom.
Now, it seems like the company is priming itself for a summer of predictable content.
Look, I am not a CM Punk hater by any means, I just feel like the company has lost a bit of its edge and has put too much stock into familiar faces as opposed to creating new ones.
Let's face it, the WWE has been less than favorable to several budding stars. Guys like Antonio Cesaro, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler could have truly thrived with some more substantive TV time. Don't get me wrong, I get that Ziggler and Ryback still have a chance to have a big year. However, it could have been even bigger without Punk in the main event picture.
Ultimately, I understand the WWE is in a bit of a rough spot, especially after losing several big names due to injury or other obligations after WrestleMania 29.
However, one would think that would give the company a good enough a reason to start putting stock in its hungry youth who have yet to be established.
In the end, like everything else, we will have to wait and see how things unfold for Punk, as the WWE may not have any particular direction laid out for him yet. That being said, this will either prove to be an exciting summer or an extremely predictable one.