Last night on Monday Night RAW, CM Punk delivered perhaps the most scintillating promo the wrestling world has seen in years. In it, he made mention of Hulk Hogan, Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling, among other things. He also bashed the McMahon family, as well as the fans for disrespecting him.
The promo was so incredibly realistic, and it seemed to echo Punk’s true sentiments, that it was difficult to tell whether it was a work (storyline) or a shoot (real) at first. The realism was buoyed by the fact that Punk’s microphone was cut when he was about to tell a personal story about Vince McMahon. Punk seemed legitimately upset, and the show ended abruptly.
After weighing all the factors, it is my firm belief that Punk’s promo was a worked shoot, or a scripted promo that was meant to seem off the cuff. I have no doubt that certain aspects of the promo were Punk’s idea (waving to his friend Colt Cabana), but I think he worked closely with the creative team in order to craft a realistic and controversial promo.
The reason why the promo had such a shoot feel to it is because of Punk’s superior acting skills. It may be hard to believe when you have to watch guys like John Cena overact and deliver fake-sounding promos on a weekly basis, but there are still performers like Punk who can make you think, even for just a second, that pro wrestling is authentic in every way.
Here are five reasons why Punk’s RAW promo was a worked shoot.