I was up early this morning listening to CM Punk’s appearance on The Art of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana. And most of the things I heard were things that I wrote about on here. I marked out when he said “I thought losing the title to Rock was a bad idea… at the very least the main event of Mania should have been a triple threat.” And again when he said “If I had the belt against Undertaker the title reign would have been over 500 days” again… cuz I was saying all this shit right here on itsstillrealtomedammit.com. It’s the things I DIDN’T know that make me hope CM Punk never works for WWE again and if he does, I won’t look at him the same.
I didn’t know The Shield was CM Punk’s idea and he wanted them to be his faction with plans of working with them after he was done with Mania. Because I’m that fan with the long memory… I remember Punk took time off then returned to feud with Jericho for no reason other than it was something to do. At that SAME time, Shield fell from being near unbeatable wrestling Undertaker, Kane and Daniel Bryan. John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback. Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show AT Mania… to losing to Randy Orton, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan… then before you knew it they lost to Mark Henry and The Usos. They lost to what was left of Rey Mysterio and (I THINK) The Usos. They had gone from one month, working the VERY top of WWE to doing jobs in WWE’s glorified jabroni filled midcard. My wrasslin nerd boner is at peak hardness imagining if they worked against CM Punk then… We didn’t get to see them fight until like Survivor Series and TLC last year. Just saying.
I was shocked to learn WWE has been lying by saying Punk quit when IRL he was fired. Shocked to learn Vince was pressuring Punk to work through bad injuries like torn knee ligaments and multiple concussions. Astonished that Ryback was working stiff and they had Punk work with him TWICE. Flabbergasted that Punk had a staph infection that went undiagnosed and they had him working with MRSA like that shit isn’t killing people. And just off of that alone I hope CM Punk never ever takes any amount of money to work with them again.
It doesn’t surprise me to learn Punk thinks Bryan main evented Mania to spite him. Anyone with common sense could see his win was nowhere NEAR the original plan. I agree wholeheartedly that WWE is fucking itself by constantly bringing in old dudes for Mania… they’re LITERALLY telling the audience “the guys we parade out before you to declining attendance, PPV buys and tv ratings aren’t anyone you should REALLY care about” and my favorite part was where Punk says he told HHH to his face that he should have never lost to him while he was white hot. I been saying that. WWE is SO starved for new stars and whenever fans get behind a guy, they pour water on his heat.
So, it’s childish as fuck to me that WWE had HHH beat Punk during the Summer of Punk and I’m not a fan of HHH beating Lesnar at Mania. And it’s lowkey petty that HHH is running around acting like The Shield is his idea and he put them over TWICE. These kind of things are exactly why WCW went out of business. The last FOUR WrestleManias were built around part timers coming in and getting paid then leaving. This next one will be, also, since you gotta know names like Lesnar, Sting, Undertaker and HHH will factor heavily into any and all booking plans. And that means for five years half the card will be built around guys who won’t be on TV or at house shows, further telling us “well then why should I watch that shit when the REAL stars won’t be there?”
It makes me feel dirty to realize that with all of that said… I’m not going to tune out, because I knew Vince and HHH were pieces of shit who don’t give a fuck about what’s truly best for business. I’m just waiting and hoping for another boom period like how the Atittude Era followed a low point for the industry back then. And if CM Punk comes back to collect fat part time checks I’ll be more mad at HIS hypocrisy than the fucked up system that led to it and fed into it.