CM Punk Picks A Fight
As CM Punk scurried up the arena steps away from Ryback you would have figured that was going to be the last piece of action in a good episode of Raw. However, as Vince gave him his ultimatum for Hell in a Cell, fans started shoving and hitting Punk from behind and he didn’t take to kindly to it, so he lashed out and hit a fan in the face.
Shortly after afterwards WWE posted an explanation as to why the incident happened and an apology from CM Punk himself. ‘The Best in the World’ was quoted as saying;
“I think the whole situation sucks,” Punk told WWE.com. “It’s an unfortunate and isolated incident. I was up in the stands, surrounded.”
“Somebody said, ‘let’s push him down the stairs,’” Punk explained. “I got hit in the ribs three times. I was getting shoved and I was getting punched…Then I started getting tagged in the back of the head. Unfortunately, I lashed out in the heat of the moment and I apologise. I’m really just glad nobody was hurt.”
Usually when a fan gets physically involved with talent their considered ‘fair game’ and they will retaliate out of self-defence and so the show can carry on as quickly as possible.
This incident is no different but WWE can’t really blame anyone but themselves as it was clear that there were no security guards present to offer Punk any protection whatsoever. Security is normally informed where to put extra guards in case a wrestler enters the crowd but this case they obviously weren’t, probably due to the constant re-writes of scripts that Raw goes through the day of a show.
So considering the situation CM Punk was put in you can’t blame him for wanting to assert some dominance to try and control the boisterous audience members. WWE should never have let one of the most valuable talents into such a risky situation. Yes, its more unpredictable and exciting when the action goes into the crowd, but alone surely it would have been a lot safer for Punk to retreat up the entrance ramp instead.
To make matters even worse, Punk managed to hit the wrong man, Charles Schmidt, and in the process allegedly broke his glasses. At this moment he has chosen not to press any charges against ‘The Voice of the Voiceless’ but apparently he is considering hiring an attorney to review his case.
As of yet there have been no consequences for the ‘Second City Saint’ and as there hasn’t been any so far, it doesn’t look like there will be any at all. The main reason for this is that he is clearly in the middle of the biggest storyline running at the moment and to remove him from TV would be terrible for business. Just like last summer Punk once again finds himself in a position of power.
It seems strange that they haven’t punished him to some degree though, especially as Linda McMahon is currently running for Senate. WWE can get as much positive press coverage as it wants by aligning itself with ‘Susan G. Komen for the Cure’ but as soon as the press and her democratic opponent find out about it they will have a field day. Even more so if their seen to just let it slide.
The real repercussions for Punk will be revealed in the coming months when we find out just how long his title reign will last for and his billing on the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania cards.