If you want to know the true value of a star athlete or a performer, see what happens when they are no longer on your favorite show or on the team you root for. Or, you could just ask the cast “Two and Half Men” what it’s like without Charlie Sheen, or the Colts without Peyton Manning (before Andrew Luck).
Right now, you could ask the WWE what it’s like to be without their top dog of sorts, CM Punk, and see the reaction by wrestlers and management, alike.
Oh, and for those of you who will question me, this is not written by someone considered to be a CM Punk “mark,” rather someone who knows the WWE desperately needs him back in the ring and on the mic. That is evident by the fact that without him on camera, Raw, SmackDown or any other WWE program loses a bit of “reality.” It's the kind of reality that asks Vince McMahon to assume the role of “Mr. McMahon” to breathe life into the staleness of return matches and lost storylines.
So forgive me, John Cena, when I say this but the WWE needs its MVP back in the ring.
Punk is Peyton Manning, Charlie Sheen, Dan Marino and anyone else whose team or program lost a step when their leader left for good.
Let’s just hope that is not the fact with Punk, who has not given us any indication about returning to the ring, but is signed to face Chris Jericho at Payback on Sunday. He's been letting his proxy Paul Heyman do his bidding for him.
We as fans are all holding a collective breath and praying to the wrestling gods that we hear the music and Punk comes out from the back.
The only great thing I can say about Punk’s time away from the ring is we have seen great matches between Daniel Bryan and a host of characters, and the transformation of one of the better indie wrestlers into one of the great cruiserweights of all time.
Bryan has made us realize how great he is and that he and Punk should be the lead dogs in the company. I’m sure Cena or someone like Dolph Ziggler would have something to say about that, but facts are facts.
Punk’s MVP-like run last year was proof of his greatness, which continued into 2013 and through WrestleMania 29. Since then, we have not heard from him—in “Sting-like” fashion, from his WCW days, but with a lot more mainstream fanfare. That’s the mark of someone important to the business on the inside, as well as the outside.
This coming Sunday in Chicago should prove to be an amazing night. Get past Ryback vs. Cena. Get past the idea that Randy Orton and Bryan can coexist. Get past the hair-pulling extravaganza that will be Kaitlyn vs. AJ. Let’s all focus on the important questions at hand.
Will Punk not only show up, but will he deliver like he always does?
Will he and Chris Jericho deliver a “Match of the Year?”
If so, then all the world in wrestling is fine. If not, then we truly see how valuable Punk is to the WWE and the company. And we see why the company may need him more than he needs it to survive.