After Punk established the conspiracy angle and shot his mouth off in June, he has been on a crusade for change.
According to his return speech, he got the change he wanted.
Vince was ousted from power and Cena wasn't technically champion—businessmen had simply put him in an easy position to get a belt.
Did anyone else notice Mysterio and Cena's version looked a bit...thin?
Triple H's first motion as COO was to keep to Vince's "lesson plan," and allow Miz and Mysterio to continue their promised WWE Championship match. Mysterio pulled out the victory, and Triple H gives John Cena a WWE Title match at the very end of the Raw broadcast.
Mysterio had to wrestle two matches against main event-level talent to walk out of Raw the champion. Meanwhile, Cena was fed a drastically-weakened Mysterio, who was busy fighting injuries.
Completely unfair, but fans ate it up.
Because Cena is a hero to many of them—not a plothole. This was on purpose.
CM Punk realized that not much had changed after all. Vince was out of power, but John Cena had gained the upper hand at the expense of more-deserving talent like Rey Mysterio.
Triple H made the Summerslam main event and placed himself in the position of special guest referee.
After a bad call, which Hunter justified as human error, Punk successfully took the title away from Cena a second time.
However, after Nash surprised everyone with his return, Del Rio had the perfect opportunity to cash in effectively, after failing at the previous PPV, and was crowned champion.
In his anger, CM Punk turned his attention to Triple H, and understandably so.
Punk defended his belt, Triple H called the pinfall—and in the ensuing chaos, as Cena complained about his foot being on the rope, Nash and Del Rio found a window to strike.
Punk took his fury out on Triple H, because he wanted Hunter to take action. Instead, Hunter acted like a suit and composed himself.
So, CM Punk did what he's best at.
He used his smarts to provoke Triple H into a fight for his COO position. Punk hoped this would bring out Hunter's rougher side. The mission was a success—however, due to Awesome Truth and Nash, Hunter remained COO.
Of course, while the conspirators watched happily as Punk scampered from one hot-button issue to the next...John Cena gained an opportunity to reclaim the title at Night of Champions.
The vote of "no confidence" occurred shortly after, the infamous "walkout" instigated by Vicki's growing stable of talent (mainly Ziggler and Swagger), Christian, Cody Rhodes and his eight staples, courtesy of Randy Orton, Wade Barrett and others.
Despite this, Punk abstained from the vote in order to set the record straight the following week.
What could he say? Everyone had their feet out the door, ready to vote "no." Punk couldn't come out and convince everyone to say—it would be too goody-goody. He couldn't come out and condemn Triple H—not after giving him a battle to find his balls again. He couldn't come out to the vote and walk everyone up the ramp—we would've thought him a pansy after that.
Literally, the only thing Punk could have done was abstain and explain the following week that he wanted to fight.
He didn't like Hunter, but at least Hunter was willing to fight—unlike those in the locker room. Punk would rather stand with a guy he hates but respects—not with a locker room of people who wonn't stand up for themselves.
At every step, Triple H has appeared to be the fans' choice as boss—the ideal future WWE Hall of Famer that has the fans' preferences in mind.
However, there are plenty of questions as to where Triple H's allegiance really lies.