CM Punk Bashing WWE and Vince McMahon: Pure Marketing Genius or All Real?
I know, it's probably the 100th article on the topic and it might be similar to some others, but I didn't want to stop halfway while I was writing.
I won't recap what CM Punk said on Raw as you probably all know the story. Anyway, I'm not writing this article for quoting or analyzing what the Straightedge Superstar actually blew live on Raw in front of millions of fans. All I want is to give my take on the shocking events that took place on that historical June 27th episode of the WWE's flagship show.
It's been reported on WWE.com that CM Punk was suspended indefinitely. So let me quote the official announcement:
"Raw’s abrupt conclusion Monday night was not due to technical difficulties. The decision to suddenly end the broadcast in that manner was made by WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, who gave this quote to WWE.com:
“CM Punk was suspended indefinitely for his unprofessional conduct as soon as Raw went off the air.”
With his WWE contract expiring on July 17, one can only assume that this suspension effectively terminates CM Punk’s tenure with WWE."
I tended to think all this is a work for a few reasons.
First, it's an odd coincidence that Punk was wearing a Stone Cold T-Shirt to cut such a promos. I don't know if that little detail was initiated by Punk or by the creative; but in any case, it was a genius move. I also noticed he didn't bash Austin during his instant classic speech.
Second, I think it took way too long before the technical crew cut the mic. If it was not scripted or prepared, it was just a matter of seconds to cut off the sound. If it was for real, why was he allowed to talk for so long? It was also weird not to see security picking him off backstage.
Third, it took really no time for the officials to announce he was terminated. They did it fast to keep the interest sparked. They could've waited for the following days to announce he was effectively over with the company. Now, more than ever, the fans and even the non-fans will tune in next Monday at 9 PM. Millions... and millions of fans will watch Raw next week.
However, it might be real for one reason.
Here's a short part of a Tweet about his upcoming departure:
"I promise to go out with a bang. Trust me."
Well, it might be the bang he was talking about. What he did on Raw was indeed a bang.
I dare to hope it was a work so it would be the beginning of a new era and it would mean the creative finally find a way to have the magical touch.
Otherwise, I guess we'll have to say adieu to a WWE legend that might never be inducted into the Hall Of Fame due the the way he parted ways with the McMahon empire.
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