WWE News, Punk out (Day 35): Cena Gets Got, Punk Shoots on WWE, Gets Suspended
Big Nasty will be keeping a running diary of what appear to be CM Punk's final days in WWE (for now). Reports of Punk's reticence to sign a contract extension seem to point to the fact that he is gearing up to leave the company.
It has been a full week since CM Punk officially announced what many (male) wrestling fans feared, that he will be leaving the WWE immediately following the upcoming WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
Despite the otherwise conclusive announcement, there still remains an air of uncertainty when it comes to when and how Punk will be leaving WWE.
It may even be possible that Punk could end up sticking around for a few extra weeks as his contract reportedly does not actually expire on July 17, but rather in September.
A recent string of "goodbye"-themed tweets from Punk have helped stir chatter that maybe the perennial wrestling purist favorite isn't quite done yet.
While rhapsodizing about his future endeavors, Punk said on Twitter:
“I knew I was gone at the beginning of the year. I just woke up one day and knew. That’s the way I work a lot of the time. I think it’s creepy too, but it’s really helpful. I honestly knew i’d be history by June. Come say goodbye on Saturday, I promise to go out with a bang. Trust me. XxX”
Sure, the tweets emphasized Punk's thoughts about finishing up with WWE, however these thoughts were taken verbatim from sentiments written in his Live Journal blog in 2005 prior to what was thought to be his last match in ROH at Death Before Dishonor III.
Punk would go on to win the ROH Championship at that event and remain with the company for two more months.
This situation could theoretically repeat itself, given his contract situation with WWE, should WWE decide to continue to ride the Punk-Cena feud at the expense of yet another failed postponed world title program for Alberto Del Rio.
WrestleZone reported earlier this week that WWE's creative team is "in the dark" as it pertains to how they will book Punk out of the company. Ideas currently being kicked around for Punk range from him capturing the WWE Championship come Money in the Bank to writing him off the following night on RAW.
The continued confusion when it comes to plans for Punk has furthered the rather profitable intrigue for the Money in the Bank main event, which will likely make the pay-per-view one of the most purchased offerings in 2011 for WWE.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - June 27. RAW kicked off with a tease of a match that will never happen. Following the return of Shawn Michaels at the start of the program, Punk interrupted HBK flanked by his Nexus bandmates David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty.
Punk called out Michaels for saying he was going to leave only to return to the spotlight. Punk reiterated the fact that he was leaving, to the delight of most of the Las Vegas crowd.
Punk reminded Michaels that he did not win his last match at WrestleMania, thus going out a loser. He then said he will defeat Cena at Money in the Bank in what will be his last match in Chicago.
CM Punk scoffed at the fact that the fans would rather cheer for Michaels than beg for the future to stay. The sentiment speaks to real problems that continue to plague WWE's product to this day. With that, CM Punk issued a challenge to Shawn Michaels, who responded by superkicking David Otunga.
The Mystery RAW GM chimed in by ordering the RAW Roulette to be spun. Booker T did the honors as the wheel landed on the question mark. Booker T announced that the question mark meant that Punk had won an all expense paid trip to Hell as his mystery opponent would be Kane.
Michaels superkicked McGillicutty before leaving the ring, and Kane made his way out to the Thomas & Mack Center ready to do battle.
CM Punk vs. Kane
Kane immediately went on the offensive as he attacked Punk and quickly began to work him over in the corner. With the Shawn Michaels nostalgia now worn off, the vocal male portion of the Las Vegas crowd made their presence felt with loud CM Punk chants throughout.
After a temporary flurry of offense from Punk was thwarted by being thrown off of the top rope by Kane, Punk heelishly left the ring.
As he walked to the back, Punk audibly uttered "what are they gonna do, fire me?!" which is something he tweeted earlier tonight as he claimed to be in full on "what are they gonna do, fire me?" mode. It's safe to say that we have not seen the last of CM Punk.
After CM Punk's promo on RAW, are you more or less interested in the Punk-Cena main event at Money in the Bank?
Winner by Countout: Kane
CM Punk would resurface in the RAW main event as he cost John Cena a non-title tables match against R-Truth. Wearing a Stone Cold Steve Austin t-shirt, Punk grabbed a microphone and sat down in his trademark Indian Style position atop the ramp.
Punk then went into a worked shoot tirade, calling John Cena almost as good as kissing Vince McMahon's ass as Hulk Hogan was. Punk mentioned "Dwayne" (the Rock) as an ass-kisser comparable to John Cena, sparking a reaction from the crowd.
But he wasn't done yet. Not even close.
Punk went on to trash WWE in a way that has not been done since Joey Styles (kayfabe) quit. Punk mentioned his admiration from Paul Heyman, dropping Brock Lesnar's name (another Paul Heyman guy), and said he was going to split just like Brock Lesnar split although he would be leaving with the WWE Championship.
He referred to WWE Championships as Vince McMahon's imaginary brass rings, saying he's grabbed so many of them that he realized that they were just imaginary.
Referring to himself as a wrestler, Punk said he's also the best on the mic and even on commentary, yet he is never featured on WWE promotional products such as collector cups, programs and crappy USA Network shows.
With the Internet collectively climaxing over the (quasi) worked shoot, Punk took a shot at all the people who cheer for him.
He said these same people buy the products that WWE chooses not to feature him on, then have the audacity to shove them in his face at 5 am at an airport for an autograph to sell on e-bay because they were too lazy to get a job.
Punk said once he has defeated Cena at Money in the Bank, he might go defend the WWE Championship at New Japan Pro Wrestling or maybe even Ring of Honor. He then squeezed in a shout out to his pal and Ring of Honor employee Colt Cabana.
Punk then took aim at Vince McMahon himself.
He referred to McMahon as a millionaire who should be a billionaire but isn't because he surrounds himself with a bunch of glad handing, "douche bag", yes-men like (VP of Talent Relations) John Laurinaitis.
Punk said he'd like to think the company will be better off after Vince is dead, but it will be run by his idiotic daughter and doofus son-in-law.
Before Punk could continue, as he teased a personal story about Vince McMahon that seemed like it was going to tie into WWE's anti-bullying campaign, his mic was cut. He continued to rant, however the show abruptly went black.
It's worth mentioning that WWE shot their sign-off logo and copyright information during the Truth-Cena main event, which all but confirms the Punk promo was indeed a worked shoot despite the truth that was said ingest.
Punk's promo, while likely scripted, touched upon a host of sentiments that have all been speculated as to why he is leaving.
This time last year, WWE had another memorable, out of the box, worked-shoot moment following a campy, themed show when the Nexus crashed RAW and attacked Cena. The attack led to a program between Cena and the Nexus that peaked with an intriguing SummerSlam match.
Punk's promo has eclipsed the intrigue of any John Cena program in the last year and then some. It appears as if Money in the Bank just got real.
UPDATE: According to live reports, it was announced by Michael Cole off the air (and now on WWE.com) that CM Punk has been suspended indefinitely. Vince McMahon himself commented through the website, calling Punk's conduct "unprofessional." More on this story as it develops, however all signs still point to it being a work.
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