For the first time in weeks it would seem the WWE is doing something right. Fans have been on the edge of their seats, the Little Jimmys have been tweeting up a storm, and for the most part, the reviews of both RAW and MITB were positive.
The Punk/Cena feud that culminated with Punk winning the belt at MITB and walking out as champ had fans cheering and scratching their heads. Was this all a work?
There lies the magic of the business and a testament to Punk's genius. When is the last time pro wrestling fans were generally confused as to whether or not something was a work? Was it when the Nexus buried Taker alive during his match with Kane at Bragging Rights in 2010? No, my 8-year-old nephew wasn't even fooled by that. Jeff Hardy's mystery attacks, including the video of him and his girlfriend on the side of the road being interviewed by police? No, most of us thought it was Edge; turns out it was Matt Hardy.
My point is that it takes a lot for most fans to speculate as to whether or not something is just a work. Sure, you will probably want to say you're too cool for school and knew Punk would be back, but I read enough articles on this site daily to tell you that's false. A lot of people were confused and a lot of people thought Punk wouldn't be back.
So we all tuned in to RAW to see how this would pan out. McMahon announced a tournament for a new champion, and HHH returned to get rid of Vince. Punk crashed HHH's conference at ComicCon and this past week we saw Mysterio, and then Cena, as champs.
Granted, Cena needed to be champ again about as much as I need to grow a mustache (I am a 26-year-old girl), but the response from the "IWC" seems a bit ridiculous. Just last week everyone was clammering about this being must-see TV, WWE being on the rise, and HHH and Punk being genius. Now, everyone claims the story is bogus because Punk came back to RAW after a week?
What good would the storyline have been if he had won the belt and then disappeared into the abyss? Isn't it better that he came back week in and week out to remind everyone, including new champ Cena, that he holds the true WWE Championship belt?
Punk is an entertainment genius. Can you imagine all the shenanigans he can pull under the guise of not technically being a WWE employee? This storyline can only go up. So for once, I wish the "IWC" would not try to shoot down a horse before it's time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the decent storyline we have for once.