WWE Monday Night Raw: How Vince McMahon Used CM Punk to Prove a Point

Kevin Berge@TheBerge_Featured ColumnistOctober 4, 2011

Irony: a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme or emotion. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

About three months ago, CM Punk came onto the Monday Night Raw broadcast and shook the business to its core.

He ran through every facet of the company and showed its flaws.

The question since that day has been why the WWE allowed this.

Why did they ask CM Punk to go out on their show and shoot on what the WWE had done wrong?

Looking at it today, the answer has been staring us all right in the face.

The WWE did not set out to create controversy and say that they have problems to deal with.

This entire storyline is about the WWE showing that they know what they are doing.

The WWE has stood tall for years, showing itself to be superior to all other promotions for over a decade.

For years, an Internet community has formed to comment and complain about the many ideas and facets in the WWE today because the WWE has no competition to do it for them.

So after years of whining and subjective viewing of the pro wrestling promotion, WWE finally decided to respond to its critics in the best way possible: by giving them what they wanted.

The IWC was given a voice in CM Punk, as he aired many of the IWC's complaints front and center on the WWE's own program.

He gained fame and power from his statements and even caused the WWE's chairman Vince McMahon to resign.

In his place, Triple H stepped in.

He tried to appease the fans and give them what they would want.

JR on commentary and shows that are unsegregated by the brand divisions began.

Just as he tried all of this, his entire company fell apart.

It collapsed under the weight of controversy and anarchy.

The kicker was that CM Punk was again front and center to air our grievances about each little WWE mistake.

He would complain about Triple H's management style and the fact that Cena was still in control.

CM Punk would continue fighting and trying to show that he was right.

He was a voice trying to make things even better than they already were, supposedly. He caused Triple H to lose his grasp more and more.

Where is this all leading?

Last night, Monday Night Raw collapsed.

Triple H lost his company when the entire roster had a vote of no confidence against Triple H.

Some may not remember, but Vince McMahon lost his job to Triple H when the Board of Directors had a vote of no confidence in his ability.

The connections and irony there are uncanny.

Was this all a way for the WWE to give a message to the IWC?

Perhaps the work here was not just about telling a story.

The message of this story could have easily been a commentary to the IWC itself.

We always complain and complain for good and bad reasons. Nothing is ever quite good enough.

Perhaps the WWE is saying that if they aired all of our grievances, they would collapse as well.

When Vince McMahon comes back and takes his company back under his wing, everything will be focused and orderly again.

He will bring the WWE back to normality, where it has sat for years.

Instead of giving us what we want, the WWE has created an elaborate critique of their own to say that they know what they are doing more than we do.

And while I love to comment on and analyze the decisions of the WWE, they are a successful business for a reason.

Perhaps the WWE has a point. They have made bad mistakes, but they have also made great decisions. Maybe we should all give them a bit more leeway before we give them criticism. While I will certainly continue to criticize and praise the WWE, it might be a good idea to allow moments to sink and develop before we burn away every great possible angle in WWE.


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