Something tells me the embrace between CM Punk and Paul Heyman on Raw Monday night was not a peaceful easy feeling.
At some point Heyman, the sinister mastermind of the WWE, will in fact let the former WWE champion down and turn on him. The only question is, “when?”
There is a certain amount of chutzpah a wrestling manager has to have. In Paul Heyman's case, he went back to the dinner table for second and third helpings.
The former founder of ECW and the man who worked in the AWA and WCW as well is now proving some of his best work in the wrestling business is being shown to the WWE Universe right now. Fans may tune in to see Ryback take on The Shield or John Cena wax profound about a great many unimportant things, but for my money Heyman is one of the major reasons Raw has even the slightest bit of success.
And in that case (sorry, Ryback), you can feed me more of Heyman the way he is right now.
Heyman is one part Jimmy Hart, one part Gary Hart, one part Bobby Heenan and one part creative genius. The 47-year-old has been in the wrestling business since the late 1980s and has found success wherever he has landed, most notably with the formation of ECW and the development of the "Dangerous Alliance" in WCW (while he was wielding that huge Zack Morris-like cell phone). His loud antics and his cantankerous style appeal to the masses even as a "heel" manager.
Now in his greatest role of his wrestling life, he is associated with CM Punk, the former WWE champion, and he is working with Brock Lesnar. Somehow, these two wrestlers would seem to mesh as well as Chyna and Cher.
On Raw Monday night, we saw what can only be described as "The Hug." It was awkward in the way Punk was looking as the two embraced. It was also odd at how Heyman continually told Punk how great he was (oversell). Both spoke volumes. Although Punk had the last "word" with his confrontation with The Rock in the last segment of the show, standing next to his "friend," I was still left with uneasiness to the whole "alliance."
Make no mistake about it; Heyman is looking out for himself first and Lesnar second. Punk has always been the one to do things on his own terms. The unholy union has been great for the WWE but it also has been odd to me because Lesnar is waiting in the wings and his return generates questions about who may also join a new and improved “Dangerous Alliance.”
Personally, I don’t see it happening unless someone like Big Show, Randy Orton or Mark Henry joins the fray.
So for now, the two of the sinister heels of the WWE are locked in an embrace of friendship. Not the kind of friendship we see from someone like Daniel Bryan and Kane or Damien Sandow and Cody
Rhodes. This is the kind that is formed for profit. If Punk reclaims the WWE Title, the union continues until Lesnar wants a piece of the gold. If Punk does not win the title, then Lesnar proves his selfishness and forces Heyman’s hand.
Either way, business will pick up a bit with this partnership and make things a bit interesting as the WWE moves closer to WrestleMania 29.
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