Oh boy, the WWE sure did hit a home run on June 27th, 2011. Whether people believe it or not, CM Punk's promo was a worked shoot. While it was probably not written by the WWE Creative Team, as they're not smart enough to concoct such brilliance, it was still permitted, and I believe there may be more to it.
To rid the idea that CM Punk's promo was a legitimate shoot, I'll point out a few different things. First off, if the shoot was real, his mic would've been cut immediately after he said John Cena was good at kissing Vince McMahon's ass, and it could've been cut many more times after that.
Secondly, and more importantly, notice that while CM Punk was talking about going to other companies, he never mentioned TNA or Impact Wrestling or whatever they prefer to be called now. If the shoot was legitimate, he would've certainly loved to bring up WWE's biggest (Though that's not saying much) competition.
Now that we have that cleared up, I'd like to expand speculation a little bit further. This actually goes back to past storylines, but I have this creeping feeling that CM Punk may not be leaving the WWE at all.
For some reason this has "Daniel Bryan fired" storyline written all over it. Those who remember Bryan's storyline will remember the little guy who never had more national television time than to be on NXT and one episode of Raw with seven other guys causing chaos.
Is CM Punk leaving the WWE a work to push Punk?
And yet firing Daniel Bryan triggered mass hysteria in the WWE audience, to the point where his name was being chanted after a match between WWE's two biggest stars on pay per-view.
If a guy who, at that point, didn't have much recognition, could get that big of a reaction over what was seen as a "Real" storyline, imagine what kind of reaction an established main-eventer like CM Punk could get.
And he's already gotten it. Just one hour after a video was released on YouTube of CM Punk's worked shoot, it already has 1,300 comments and 2,000 likes.
The other storyline brought to mind is the Randy Orton I.E.D. work. Those who remember that will recall that Orton was supposed to be fired, but won the Royal Rumble and pretty much stuck it to the WWE, pointing out that as long as he was main eventing WrestleMania, he could do whatever he wanted.
There's a similar situation here with Punk. One way or another, he's going to get his title shot, and if he wins the title, it would be a bit hard for the WWE to fire their champion wouldn't it?
Now, you can obviously say "Why wouldn't Punk just leave", but it could easily be worked in that as long as he's champion he has to remain with the company.
I believe that after tonight's promo, the WWE has the perfect opportunity to build CM Punk into a star comparable to the likes of Steve Austin and The Rock, simply based on his controversial statements alone.
Perhaps this is all just a way of writing CM Punk out of the WWE, but they do have the opportunity here, and if they're intentionally using this as a means of pushing Punk, then it is absolutely brilliant.
Punk winning the WWE Championship in his home town of Chicago after making the comments he's made and causing the buzz throughout the WWE Universe could be the spark WWE needs to get back into Mainstream television.