On WWE Raw we saw the greatest mic work in years. After costing John Cena a tables match against R-Truth, CM Punk grabbed the mic, sat on top of the stage and spoke. What he said shook the WWE in ways it hasn’t been shaken in years.
Punk said that he liked Cena, but hated the idea that he’s the best, because Punk is the best. The only thing Cena is better at is “kissing Vince McMahon’s ass.” He does it in a way that rivals Hulk Hogan and The Rock.
He iterated that he’s the best wrestler in the world. He mentioned how Paul Heyman brought him in like he did with Brock Lesnar, and much like Lesnar, will be leaving the company.
No one can touch him. He’s the best on the mic, the best in the ring and the best at everything. He even mentioned New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor by name, saying that maybe he’d take his talents there.
He took a shot at John Laurinaitis for telling McMahon only what he wanted to hear. He then went on to say the McMahon was running WWE into the ground and would be better off if he was dead.
Then again, it wouldn’t be any better if his “idiotic” daughter and “doofus” son-in-law were in control. He was about to go into the anti-bullying campaign when his mic was cut. It was then reported later that after the cameras were turned off that WWE indefinitely suspended CM Punk.
So did Punk break kayfabe or was this all scripted? Personally, I hope this was a straight up shoot. You can tell from the look in his eyes and the tone of his voice that he was truly speaking his mind. So even if this was scripted, he believed in what he was saying.
With the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, kayfabe pretty much doesn’t exist anymore. Older fans know that wrestling is fake. We know that the heels and faces don’t really hate each other to the point that they’d beat the hell out of one another. We know that what people say on the mic isn’t how they really feel.
To younger fans, though, someone like John Cena is the hero they love and guys like CM Punk is the villain they despise. To the young audience, kayfabe does still apply.
So what do we make of this? If it was scripted, then I give the creative team major props and massive credit. I can’t remember the last time they came up with something this great. If it was a real shoot, though, CM Punk will go down as one of the most honest wrestlers to ever step foot in a WWE ring.
Punk showed tonight that he really is the best in the world, at least on the mic. Whether this was real or not, it definitely looks like Punk is leaving WWE. Whoever snatches him up when he does will be hiring the greatest overall wrestler in the business today.
So what do you think; an example of breaking kayfabe or was it scripted?