Before Miz could finish his speech, Riley jumped him in the ring, beat him back up the ramp and Tony Chimel announced that the Fatal 4-Way was now going to be a Triple Threat. Didn't look like Miz was injured or anything, but okay, whatever you say.
Truth hits the ring next, continuing to entertain with his Lil' Jimmy schtick, his conspiracy theories, etc., all reliable and good for his character. His loss to Cena at Capitol Punishment, as a result of a fan pouring water on Truth, Cena throwing Truth into the ring and taking an Attitude Adjustment, was pretty disappointing as Truth seemed to be poised for even a brief run as WWE Champion.
With CM Punk seemingly next in line for a title shot, hopefully R-Truth's obsession with this Cena conspiracy story doesn't just vanish. The potential storyline twists that Truth could pull out of his bag of tricks are nearly endless and to validate Truth's words to an extent would make him more than just "delusional," like the promo vignettes have been saying, and make him more respectable as a bad guy.
After Truth was finished his mic time, CM Punk hit the ring and, in a strangely entertaining move, Punk grabbed the microphone and mocked the fact that the two guys before him had so much to say by simply babbling, "blaaaa blah blaaaah...blah blah blaaaaaaaah...blaaaah blaaaaaah..." and giving the microphone back to Tony Chimel to continue his ring announcing.
As crazy as it sounds, given the example I'm citing, CM Punk pulling such behavior on the mic really shows me that he may be, in fact, TOO good a speaker for WWE.
Outside of his tremendous wrestling ability, his sense of humor and ability to cut amazing promos that think far outside the box, are what lures many of us to like him. However, I'm sometimes afraid that Punk may be thinking a bit too far outside the box at times.
I love watching him and listening to him, and even my fiancee is lured to him in the same way. So his thinking outside the box with his sense of humor isn't a bad thing, in and of itself. What's bad is just how much better he looks in comparison to the rest of either roster.
He so much better, he's practically in a category of his own.
Like Miz, he's a great speaker, his words being one of his major assets as a WWE Superstar, and any time he has a mic in his hand, I'm shutting the hell up so I can listen and laugh with him. As much as my fiancee hates heels, Punk is one of the few she loves listening to, despite his often cheating to win matches. And it's not as if Punk doesn't take crowd reaction to heart, same as Miz does, he's great at that, too.
I just feel as if CM Punk might be trying too hard to be a heel, when in reality, it might be time for his character to change. I can't recall the factor or moment that caused Punk to turn heel initially, but after leading the Straight Edge Society, watching that fail, joining commentary, taking over Nexus, talking about Faith, yadda yadda, I feel like CM Punk's heeldom is getting a bit confusing and kind of forced.
Like I said, he's an amazing speaker, but his character's direction and idealism and goals are sometimes a tad hard to follow, and I think it's a result of his being so clever on the microphone. He takes current characters extraordinarily seriously, then gets booked horrifically to lose over and over, causing him to change course shortly after.
In fact, if creative and management really had faith in Punk's abilities, they would've had Mysterio lose to Punk at WrestleMania 26, causing him to join the Straight Edge Society, Mysterio would've aided them in defeating Big Show, and we might be looking at an even bigger SES than we saw previously instead of turning Nexus into an updated version of a disbanded stable.
Punk's initiation of the rivalry with Randy Orton was extremely well done, down to Punk allegedly being the one to suggest the idea to include footage of the Unforgiven PPV when Orton punted Punk in the head forcing him to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship. But after that ended and faded following WrestleMania 27, Punk's rivalries and goals have been so scattered, it's no wonder he wants to leave, even for just a while.
After all, it doesn't seem to me like Punk is necessarily a primadonna, who takes his ball and ditches town when storylines don't go their way (a la Stone Cold, Batista, Ultimate Warrior, and likely others), but when he's booked to lose this often, it completely ruins any real work he puts into his characters and he clearly puts his entire being into them.
As great as Punk is as an entertainer, I really don't blame him for wanting some time away. Sometimes a performer in WWE needs to do that. Step away for a while and come back with/to something new.
Big Show did it, now he's one of the biggest stars in the company. Jericho's been gone since last year, and he claims that IF he comes back, it will be with a new gimmick, and I admire him for that. It's not like it's going to be much different than what he's offered us before, it'll just be more "Jericho" than ever.
Punk wants to go and I admire his "honesty." I won't be pining over his return with each day that passes, but I will be hoping that after his last day with the company, that he considers coming back at some point and works it out with creative to make his return a bit more consistent than his heel run.
Like Triple H before him, that was put on the shelf many times as a heel only to come back as a face, perhaps CM Punk's time as a psychotic cult leader are over. And if he comes back, he can use his talents with the spoken word to beef up the mic work of the faces.
Punk should take the time off. I highly doubt WWE will close its mind to an idea of a new contract if he wants back in, if for no other reason than to keep him out of the hands of its competition.