WWE RAW and CM Punk: The IWC Is (Once Again) Too Quick to Criticize

Sexton HardcastleAnalyst IJuly 27, 2011


A weekly phenomenon occurs on the Internet following every RAW.

The IWC buries the creative team, and more specifically, the main event storyline. The most common claim is that it is "ruined."

Many of the 'smarks' simply don't like the way the creative team books the main event.

However, this is different.

This is legitimately one of the greatest storylines seen in recent years, and arguably one of the greatest ever. Never before has a superstar spoken so openly about their frustrations with the WWE while under a contract, let alone broadcast it on live TV.

Every part of the CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. WWE storyline has been booked nearly perfectly. Yet, the IWC has already shot down the events of this week's RAW. Is it because the storyline wasn't booked the way the 'smarks' thought, or wanted, it to be?

This is a possibility and would be the typical response from the 'Immature Whiny Children.' Of course, I'm not claiming that these opinions are wrong, they're entitled to them. However, it bothers me that the IWC can be so critical, when the Punk/Cena confrontation lasted two minutes and didn't involve any promos. We haven't seen the end of the feud, or even allowed for it to continue to develop. 

Let me address the main claim made by the IWC:

The conclusion of RAW, and CM Punk's return was poorly booked, and ruined the storyline.

Actually, it was perfect booking.

Why? Well how long can someone 'not under contract' hold onto the WWE Championship? It was clear following the WWE Money in the Bank that CM Punk wasn't going anywhere, at least for now.

If CM Punk hadn't returned, every WWE Champion would appear hollow. Punk is the real champion, and with the WWE Summerslam 2011 coming up, this is the perfect time to create a huge main event for the WWE's second biggest PPV of the year.

Punk's return was a short one, but it served two main purposes.

First, it brought him back into the spotlight.

Second, it subtly implied that with Triple H now at the helm, Punk has come back to prove that he is the true champion.

Proof? Just look at Cena's reaction during the standoff with Punk. He clearly doesn't appear confident in his status as the 'New WWE Champion.' It seems that Cena knew Punk was the real champion and that things weren't quite over.

We just have to wait until next week to understand why Punk has returned.

Punk's return began brilliantly with his new entrance theme: Living Colour's "Cult of Personality." While I truly enjoyed "This Fire Burns," Punk's new song perfectly matches his character both in and out of the ring.

Some fans believe the last two weeks of RAW have been a waste, only serving as filler for Punk's return. However, last week's RAW successfully replaced Mr. McMahon with Triple H—for now at least. This week's RAW had Rey Mysterio in two great matches, and John Cena is beginning to show his improved in-ring ability.

The creative team should probably just book John Cena for Summerslam. This would provide another predictable John Cena ending, and handled improperly, could end the exceptional feud on a sour note.

The point of this rant is, however, that the IWC shouldn't be so 'trigger-happy' with their criticism towards CM Punk's return, since it actually reaffirmed Punk's dominant position on RAW.

The IWC consistently complains about the poor quality and predictability of RAW's creative team, but the IWC are just as predictable these days.