The CM Punk drama for WWE isn’t going to fade amazingly.
It appears all too apparent that Punk will end up back in WWE after his unpleasant AEW departure, making it a matter of whennot if
And Punk himself is to blame.
Some will call it trolling, however it’s more like genius marketing on behalf of Punk, whose practically Cena-like Instagram stories and remarks in public keep his name in the headings and speculation running widespread.
Case in point, Punk going to his Instagram Stories (h/t H Jenkins of Ringside News) to publish an exercise video with Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” as the background music– the signature tune for the Survivor Series PLE on November 25 in Chicago.
Or other posts that include him as a devilish figure, which keeps his name in flow over in AEW, too, since a secret individual in a devil mask keeps assaulting individuals because promo.
This is primarily about WWE and Punk, since the larger promo on the block just isn’t going to be able to prevent this.
It does not matter what WWE tries to preemptively leakage to change fan expectations, cautioning them that Punk isn’t coming. There have actually been Punk chants from live crowds all over, be it on NXT or perhaps at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
That’s just going to get even worse at Survivor Series for apparent factors offered the host city. And if he does not return there, the fan eagerness will simply move over to the Royal Rumble for similarly apparent factors. Any surprise entrant who isn’t Punk may suffer the effects.
And after that, WrestleMania. And after that … it simply keeps going.
The issue for WWE is that this isn’t like last time. When Punk initially left the business all those years earlier, it might sustain the chants and even play into them with the similarity Stephanie McMahon. Ultimately, they faded.
This time? Punk went to a direct rival and, drama aside, appeared like his typical self in huge programs and set up substantial numbers. There’s at least a section of the professional fumbling fanbase that feels it was Punk who was mistreated on his escape the door over there which his go back to WWE would include some great anti-AEW material.
WWE has actually made its bed with this kind of thing, too. It was more than pleased to scoop up Cody Rhodes and put him in the historical title reign and story of Roman Reigns. Fans aren’t ignorant– it’s all too apparent that AEW is suffering without Punk which signing him and putting him in a popular area would be a huge blow to the competitors.
On the fans aren’t ignorant slant? It’s clear WWE has actually quite altered for the much better for many years, and particularly so in locations that annoyed Punk before he left. His departure may’ve even stimulated a few of those modifications. Him going back to a better environment would just make good sense for both celebrations, a minimum of to outdoors observers.
Go on and add another thing here in the kind of WWE’s part-timers. Of all, they’re running out. Brock Lesnar does not appear that frequently; Goldberg, Undertaker and others are gone. Including Punk to that “part-timers” list of stars who appear for enormous matches in huge areas seems like a no-brainer.
Maybe part-time status and a particular facilities to avoid any prospective backstage drama would be the great balance needed to make it work. It’s quite difficult to think of that the brand-new folks managing things after the merger with UFC would state no thanks to a draw like Punk who has that huge crossover appeal.
None of this is to state WWE must let itself be imprisoned by Punk. It’s tough to inform fans who have actually seen the business make amends with other Superstars as far back as the 70s that they should not anticipate it here– particularly when it would make so much sense on the organization side.
This likewise isn’t implied to recommend it will be simple. Punk has actually ended up being something of a wild card over the last years and agreement talks need both sides to settle on cash, real use and more.
Provided the present landscape of professional fumbling, the truth it feels like such a no-brainer including one of the most precious figures in the sport of the modern-day age indicates WWE will not be able to shake complimentary of the concept anytime quickly.
Interestingly enough for WWE, the Punk “issue” today is among those excellent issues to have with an apparent option basically everybody can see– welcome it, ride the lightning and ultimately bring him back.