Following CM Punk's promo on Monday Night Raw, I wrote an article stating that I believed CM Punk isn't leaving the WWE at all. Assuming this is true, WWE could be approaching the peak of one of the greatest angles they have put together in years.
It's all speculative of course, seeing as how nothing has been hinted at to suggest that Punk has signed a new contract with the WWE, but this could all be a well-guarded secret by Vince McMahon.
Regardless of whether Punk is staying or not, I think the vast majority of wrestling fans understand that his shoot promo on Monday Night Raw was a work. And that's exactly why WWE should build on that.
Earlier this evening, multiple wrestling news websites revealed that ESPN's Jim Rome has offered CM Punk an open mic to finish his rant, and that Punk would be given as much as 45 minutes of air time.
For several years, the WWE has wanted to be the center of the media world and eventually subjected wrestling fans to two years of weekly Z-list celebrities (I use that phrase under the condition that Zach Ryder makes me Broski of the Week) in a pathetic attempt to grasp that media attention.
Now, the WWE has an offer to get mainstream publicity from the network that more or less at the moment holds the keys to the sports world. Forty-five minutes of CM Punk on ESPN is absolutely golden for the WWE, provided the promo would be as good as it was Monday, and considering Punk's talent that's not even questionable.
You're looking at a company that, assuming my previous article is right, is on the verge of creating a new megastar (has to be bigger than super), who would be on a higher level than John Cena and Randy Orton are at right now.
Don't believe it? Go watch Steve Austin's promos in 1997, because they're a spitting image of what Punk did on Monday.
Now, lots of people will say it's not fair to compare Punk and Austin and that's not what WWE is trying to do at all. I'd suggest they take note of the T-shirt that Punk was wearing on Monday, because it wasn't one of his own.
And with this grand scheme to build the next Steve Austin of the WWE, the only thing that's obvious here is that the WWE would be completely stupid not to expose the birth of Punk's superstardom to a world of non-wrestling fans.