Listening to what was said this Friday regarding CM Punk, Triple H and Punk's crusade of change, it got me thinking about what Punk's character could possibly be saying—because what he's been saying so far, I'm not buying.
I'm not trying to bash CM Punk in this article, I'm just giving my interpretations based on what I've seen and what I've heard when it comes to Punk. I know people will disagree, and I'm fine with that. I encourage debate, but lets try to keep that civil.
Now, let's jump right into this little exposition.
While things opened up with a few barbs, Triple H made some good points. He has indeed bent over backwards to make things work with Punk, from the T-Shirt (something I think a few of us were wondering about) to the new theme. I'll also give CM Punk a nod, in that what he was doing wasn't a bad idea—testing Triple H to see how he would react. Though I think it's safe to say, most people probably would have snapped at Punk with his constant barrage of insults and disrespect.
CM Punk then brought up Vince McMahon, stating that, like Vince, The Game isn't able to separate business and personal issues. This I find a bit odd, granted Triple H has a higher level of responsibility, and so has to have more discipline, but I think Punk may have been being a bit hypocritical. Didn't he admit that he has had a grudge against Cena for saying he'd almost given up on him? Maybe that's not the case and I'm missing something here, but that's how it came off to me.
Now, onto another thing that CM Punk said. During the contract signing, a word used often by Punk was "change." In fact, his exact words were "I want things to be better. I want things to be better! I want things to be so much better, not just for me, but for everybody."
However, with that said, have you ever noticed how Punk's always alone? By what he was saying, you'd think he'd have gotten a group when he came back. I'm not talking about The Kings of Wrestling and Seth Rollins. No, I'm talking about a group of guys in the back that may have been seeing eye-to-eye with Punk, because, as strange as it sounds, I find it hard to believe Punk didn't get some kind of support in the back.
Granted he was a heel for a long time, but he returned as a quasi-face, and after SummerSlam, you'd think he'd have found an ally or two. A bunch of talented guys that maybe felt WWE was, indeed, in need of a change, and so chose to stand by Punk. Maybe guys like John Morrison, Drew McIntyre, Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Tyson Kidd—the list could go on. However, instead Punk has CHOSEN to stand alone. The comment that he wants things better for everyone just rings odd to me. I'll give him this though, CM Punk didn't seem too upset about Del Rio being champion, but more on Cena's insistence on a title match. Flip-flopping a little?
Punk would follow up that statement by referring to the WWE Universe, saying that he was doing this to change things for us and make things better. Earlier on, Triple H made a comment. He basically said that he understands that maybe about half of the people watching the WWE agree with Punk and don't like what they see, but went on to say that there were some people who do like the WWE for what it is now.
CM Punk stated that instead of half the people liking what they see in WWE and the other half, not liking it, he wanted everyone to like it. While I have no problem with that thought, I believe that's all it can be—a thought. For every man that is a CM Punk fan and not a Cena fan, their is a man who's a fan of Cena who's not a fan of Punk, so there's really no way for everyone to like everything in WWE, so this is really just a case of someone wanting the impossible. Can't fault him for that, though.
CM Punk then went on to state that he wasn't doing this for everybody, and that he was doing it for himself. Now, correct me if I'm wrong here, but didn't Punk just say he wanted things to be better for everyone, and NOT just himself? Then again, he also went on to state that he's doing what he feels is right for the WWE, so by that logic I'm inclined to believe that CM Punk believes him being the top man is what will make WWE better (I'm sure a lot of you will agree with that).
From that point on, things got pretty simple, and therefore I won't go into what was said, aside from the fact that it looks like CM Punk's still willing to fight authority and HHH, regardless of how good Punk is for business, will have no trouble being "The Game" come Night of Champions.
Now, I'm sure I come off as hating on Punk, and I know a lot of you are asking why am I not doing an exposition on what was said by Triple H, and there are a few reasons for that.
Why do you follow CM Punk?
For one, what was said by Triple H was all pretty simple so doesn't need me to repeat it, (maybe you disagree?)
Secondly, I know a lot of people will probably think I'm being sarcastic, but I think it's true from what I've seen and read. The majority of the IWC loves to hear Punk talk more than any other sports entertainer, and so I figured why not follow up on that and do a piece solely on Punk's work tonight.
Thirdly, I think I touched on this before but I'll keep going, Punk is a huge focal point for the WWE right now, and with that comes a lot of scrutiny. He'll be under the microscope a lot when he goes on rants like he did tonight, because CM Punk's character wants to change a status-quo that's been in effect for a long time now, so it certainly draws a lot of attention.
With all that said, I'll leave you with this, and I'm not trying to bash Punk again, despite what you think. CM Punk has had a huge increase in popularity as of late, and that's fine—no, that's great. I think CM Punk is good for business, and he gives me hope that maybe in the coming years we'll see more guys moved up the ladder, but I also think people should think a little more about what Punk does and what he says, and not just be taken in like sheep.
Don't follow Punk because he's anti-establishment, or anti-Cena. Follow and be a Punk fan because you like CM Punk, because you like what's going on right now with the WWE.
I'll wrap this up with one final rant.
Just because you like CM Punk, and you've been a Punk fan since ROH, don't think you're better than anyone—especially a Cena fan. You have no right to judge who someone else chooses to support because, despite what anyone thinks, everyone has to start somewhere. Cena and Punk didn't start at the top—they both worked their butts off. Cena's had it easy for a long time, but he earned that. Now Punk has a chance to potentially earn that as well. I'm not talking to every fan of CM Punk, but I am talking to a lot of you. You wanna talk about how it's all woman and kids following Cena, well what makes it special to be a man following CM Punk?
With that out of the way, I hope you'll share your thoughts down below, and tell me what you think of my interpretations on Punk's words, and the other topics touched on in this piece. Thank you for reading.