Not that the Raw was one of the most exciting in recent history. Not that we saw a rare Vince McMahon match. Not that Ryback is continuing to get crowd support.
The hottest topic of pro wrestling right now is what happened outside the ring.
Creating the most resonating buzz is what happened during the final seconds of Raw when McMahon forced CM Punk to determine his fate for Hell in a Cell next week regarding choosing his opponent.
As Punk barely dodged being a victim of Ryback's Shell Shocked finisher, he ran up the stands into the crowd. After being shoved and prodded by some Sacramento fans during the segment, Punk took matters into his own hands by punching one fan in the face.
This fan has now pressed charges on CM Punk, also claiming that his face is warm and his glasses are broken, according to Laura Cole of CBS 13 (via WrestlingInc.com).
There are many opinions going around about the incident. Probably the oddest perspective is that it was a work.
This is the least likely of the possible options. If it was indeed a work, the camera wouldn't have gone off Punk so fast and it would have been set up significantly better than it was. Moreover, a supposed "plant" in the crowd is insignificant and unnecessary to the current angle.
We shall see what kind of repercussions CM Punk receives for his knee-jerk reaction, if any.
Within the past year, we've seen Tensai lose his push due to making a racially disparaging video, AW get fired due to making a taboo Kobe Bryant comment combined with tweets about Linda McMahon's political campaign, and Cameron suspended due to a DUI.
With the WWE proverbially walking on egg shells to keep their name in the clear, this is the wrong kind of publicity to receive to attain that goal.
Knowing how high he is in the pecking order, it would seem like a simple clean job on a Raw, or dropping the title (if it wasn't already planned) would suffice.
When this all clears, don't expect CM Punk to be fired for the mishap. He is too much of a commodity for the WWE.
Unlike Mr. Anderson, who was allegedly fired due to botching a move against Randy Orton (which he later stated wasn't the sole purpose of his firing) and Goldust being fired due to allegedly coming up with a dangerous double-team spot exhibited by the Prime Time Players to Yoshi Tatsu, CM Punk is too big of a draw to be released.
That is, unless the WWE feels they have no other choice for legal purposes.
Stay tuned for more updates on this incident; they will be posted on this article.
What do you think should happen to CM Punk if this indeed is legit? Civilly comment below.
Update 1: As of 11:09am ET, it has been reported (h/t si.com) that the one who was punched was not the one of the people getting aggressive with CM Punk. Though it is still under speculation, this seems to be the majority consensus after repeated viewing of footage.
Update 2: As of 3:15pm ET, TMZ has interviewed a WWE rep.
The rep states (via TMZ),
"WWE security was unfortunately not in the appropriate place at the time. Given CM Punk's persona as a 'bad guy' fans were naturally heckling him, but unfortunately a few fans began shoving him and one struck him in the kidney and on the back.
WWE regrets that proper security measures were not in place, and CM Punk apologizes for reacting in the heat of the moment."
The man punched in the face met with police, who recorded no major injuries. However, he called back the police later that night complaining about pain in his knees.
Excuse this moment of subjectivity—but in his knees?
Ok, back to the story. The fan also gave a short interview about the altercation.
It is still undetermined whether a full investigation will be conducted or not.
More details as they unveil.
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