WWE Raw: Did CM Punk Truly Turn Heel by Attacking The Rock?

Leonardo SplinterSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2012

Photo: WWE.com
Photo: WWE.com

Last night on the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw, CM Punk defended the WWE title against John Cena in a highly anticipated match which ended in a disqualification when Big Show attacked Cena.

After the match, Big Show continued to attack Cena as CM Punk stood by and did nothing. Eventually, The Rock came to Cena's aid by laying the smackdown on Big Show, but just as The Rock was about to hit Big Show with the people's elbow, CM Punk shockingly clotheslined The Rock and hit him with the GTS.

As a result of CM Punk's actions, announcer Jerry "The King" Lawler questioned whether or not Punk had turned his back on the WWE Universe (turned heel).

Many fans believe CM Punk turned heel last night. Who could blame them for thinking so?

Last month (and again two weeks ago), I pointed out some cryptic tweets CM Punk wrote on Twitter which hinted at a potential heel turn. Then, on the July 9th episode of Raw, CM Punk became visibly upset when Eve told him that, although he has been WWE champion for over seven months, he has been overshadowed by The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, Brock Lesnar and even AJ.

Due to all of this, part of me wants to believe CM Punk did in fact turn heel last night. However, another part of me believes CM Punk did not turn heel.

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Although CM Punk stood by and did nothing while Big Show attacked Cena, he didn't join Big Show in the attack on Cena, either. This makes the question of whether or not CM Punk turned heel ambiguous.

If CM Punk truly turned heel, why didn't he attack Cena?

Something else that leads me to believe CM Punk hasn't turned heel is the fact that he's smiling on the cover of his upcoming DVD. Do heels (besides Joker from the Batman series) smile? Can CM Punk sell his DVD as a heel? You can view the cover by clicking here.  

Okay, but what about Punk's attack on The Rock? 

I agree with Joey Styles' argument (in a WWE.com article) that Punk was "just being Punk" (he has been critical of The Rock in the past, so his attack isn't as shocking as it seems) and that Punk was just "giving The Great One a taste of what’s to come" if and when they meet for the title at the Royal Rumble.

Ultimately, it is probably too early to convincingly answer the question of whether or not CM Punk truly turned heel last night.

What do you think? Did CM Punk turn heel last night or is it too early to tell?

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