CM Punk’s WWE Future, Batista’s Bomb Of A Return, MITB At Wrestlemania, Plans For Cesaro

I know you always say anything is possible in WWE (Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels hugging in the middle of the ring) but with CM Punk not returning on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Chicago, do you think his return seems a little impossible?

Vince McMahon went to great lengths to bring CM Punk back to WWE for this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Chicago. We explained here that a new Wrestlemania XXX match was pitched and Vince had been working extremely hard to get Punk on the show. I also cautioned there was no confirmation and that any claim that Punk returning was a “done deal” was simply not accurate. The rumors heated up last Saturday night, however, they were never more than that. WWE handled the situation brilliantly with Paul Heyman opening the show to Punk’s music with his “bait and switch” promo that only he could have pulled off. As I mentioned in my Raw notes, only Heyman could come out and cut a babyface promo to the rabid Chicago audience, turn and promote Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker for Wrestlemania 30.

Do you think the fans would have received Batista differently if his return wouldn’t have leaked and he would have came back as a surprise Rumble entrant and went over?

Batista’s return leaked in advance advertising material for WWE live events, however, the plan was always to air vignettes before bringing him back. If WWE would have foregone those plans and made Batista a surprise Rumble entrant and put him over, I still think they would have had trouble selling him as a babyface. Daniel Bryan has been over like rover since last summer and the majority of the WWE audience demands he gets a proper payoff. When the decision was made not to put Bryan in the Rumble, that’s when the problems started and it was an error WWE is now trying to correct by incorporating the reactions into storyline. Batista’s new direction is the right direction and has me more optimistic, however, WWE will not be able to get Batista vs. Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania over. Bryan must be inserted if there is any hope for it. I have more about possible tweaks to the match at this link.

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Why is the Money in the Bank ladder match no longer a staple of the Wrestlemania undercard?

WWE eliminated the Money in the Bank ladder match from Wrestlemania with WrestleMania XXVII in 2011 after creating the Money in the Bank pay-per-view the year prior. The idea was the gimmick had enough interest to do a pay-per-view around it and they didn’t want to overdo it with the match at Wrestlemania each year. I disagree, however, as there was a Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania XXVI in 2010 followed by the pay-per-view and it wasn’t overdone. I’m not a huge gimmick match guy, however, having the Money in the Bank ladder match at the biggest show of the year actually adds to the Wrestlemania card. With that being said, I haven’t heard of any plans to bring the match back at Wrestlemania XXX, however, the pay-per-view will take place in June.

What are the current plans for Cesaro at Wrestlemania XXX? WWE will should surely be utilizing him on the card after his recent performances.

Based on the current direction, it looks like Cesaro will face Jack Swagger on the Wrestlemania card unless WWE plans to blow it off before April. This is exactly why the Money in the Bank ladder match would be so beneficial on the Wrestlemania undercard. WWE could reward Cesaro by putting him in the match and also blowoff the program with Swagger, however, as I just wrote, there are no plans for the Money in the Bank ladder match to take place prior to the pay-per-view under the same name in June.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2009: My question is with Hogan coming to TNA next month do you see TNA staying just in Orlando or doing Impacts from different arenas like WWE does with there shows? - The company is obviously going to want to get out of Orlando but it depends on how they are able to draw. Right now TNA cannot even sell out half of an arena for their flagship Bound For Glory pay-per-view. They are going to have to do much better than that to start holding TVs in different venues across the country. It’s a tremendous expense with all the production equipment to move across the country so they have to sell out arenas to make it work.

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  • Scott

    You know i was one of the many disappointed by Punk not showing up, but after last night that has turned to a complete “@&$* you Punk” mentality. I will speak “directly” to Punk when i say to not swallow your pride and finish what you started by not returning in your hometown makes you a self centered crybaby! Now i will speak to the “WWE Universe” IF YOU WANT CHANGE, DO NOT BUY TICKETS, MERCH AND DO NOT WATCH AT HOME! The only thing that will make them push the guys you want is if you stop putting money in their pockets! Its a proven fact that money talks and bullsh!t walks!

    • Scott

      In fact instead of #hijackraw it should be #boycottraw if you want them to stop shoving meatheads with absolutely no cardio *cough* Batista *cough* down our throats

      • austin3:18

        you are way too into this

    • Bob’s Diner

      So let me get this straight… CM Punk never said he was going to be at the show, WWE never said he was going to be at the show, yet you are angry at him for not being at the show?

      • Snap

        People these days have an entitlement complex, where if they don’t get what THEY specifically want and expect to happen, then it is the fault of the talent, WWE or even other fans.

        • Janet Mckinney

          Sounds like you’re describing CM Punk & Daniel Bryan fans.

          • Snap

            No, I’m talking about WWE fans in general which,yes, includes Punk and Bryan fans. Make no mistake about it, whether its fans of The Shield, the Wyatts or even John Cena, there will be vocal contingents with entitlement complexes, just look at how people are demanding Roman Reigns be pushed to the top. Furthermore, one also needs to separate wanting logical storytelling from an entitlement complex. The Daniel Bryan story since SummerSlam, for instance, is NOT an example of a logical long-term story, but that’s more the fault of the so-called “creative” team than the talent in the ring.

  • sheamusfan

    .Richard If Daniel Bryan was included in the triple threat match for the wwe world heavyweight championship then who are the potential candidates to be in a match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 30?

    • Scott

      The only way they can save the event now would be adding the stipulation “if Bryan beats HHH he gets inserted into the title match,” but thatll be a very long night for Bryan

      • outkazt09

        Agreed with Scott. He can pull a double duty. He would get mad respect from the boys backstage.

        • Mysterion

          Or heat from jealous guys who didn’t even get one spot on the card.

      • Bob’s Diner

        So despite the fact that the story is HHH doesn’t even think Bryan is worth getting in the ring with, you expect him to not only agree to a match but also give Bryan more incentive to beat him? No sense made whatsoever

        • Kris Mystery

          Or he makes that deal with Bryan going in with the thought that there is no way Bryan can beat him… so gives him the deal

          • Bob’s Diner

            Bryan is the one that wants the match – not HHH. HHH doesn’t want him near the title, so why would he even offer that as incentive?

          • Kris Mystery

            I see what you are saying… in retrospect i wish i had of thought about what i was typing for another minute or so lol

          • Bob’s Diner

            Don’t worry, I’ve seen millions of people think this is what is going to happen. If that is they road they take, I am going to facepalm myself so very hard…
            I am of the opinion Shawn Michaels will come back and convince HHH to take the match like he does every year, then declare some type of involvement so he can get his PPV bonus

          • http://www.facebook.com/WrestlingRoundupRadio Joshua Tucker

            That’s why I like the Hogan as Host puts Bryan in the main-event after he beats HHH idea. It makes a little more sense to me.

    • Cubed56

      Hopefully nobody, hhh needs to stop stroking his own ego and giving himself prominent spots on the WM card after wrestling only maybe once all year. Hes as bad as the other part timers, he doesnt deserve that spot on the card, there are many others who do.

  • Vince McMahon

    Guys I tried to get CM Punk back I really did, but he told me he was not coming back. he said “if I came back and take the main event spot at wrestlemania that would make me one of the biggest hypocrites ever.” Whatever! his lost!

    • Triple H

      Does this mean I wont get my Shovel on a pole match? =(

      • Vince McMahon

        Sadly no. But at least we can still do that buried alive match with Daniel Bryan! =D

  • Vince McMahon

    Ignore this one. my message post twice.

    • Mysterion

      Don’t you worry. Most people here ignore all your posts after this joke got stale.

      • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

        Truth!

      • Bob’s Diner

        I’m actually still mostly enjoying them

        • Xavier

          Lol me too

        • Mysterion

          Well fair enough dude. :-). Just, in my opinion, these two and IWC accounts, all likeky run by the same person, have a similar shelf life to The Boogeyman gimmick. :-).

          • Bob’s Diner

            The IWC ones were really grating… I’m actually pretty sure that was Jay El Bee, because I got followed for a day or two and all my comments got replies from it

  • The Breaker

    Now, some have incorrectly stated that WWE “screwed” Punk by not making all the creative choices he supposedly was pushing for (and we’ll never know what his true reasons were for walking out). But let’s be honest here. Punk is the only one blowing it right now, for himself and for the fans. WWE is better with him, but they will still be just fine without him. The roster is loaded with amazing talent. He needs WWE more than he realizes. But if he wants to sit at home, burn out his contract, and become forever known as the guy that basically had it all before he ‘took his ball and went home’, then he can go right ahead.

    • Xavier

      Punk is overestimating his value in this company big time. Guys like Cesaro are more then ready & capable of filling his shoes at this point. I have a feeling he’s going to wait until his current deal is expired then try to get a much bigger deal then even before.

      • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

        I think his stock went down after last night. He gambled big time on that one and it turned out to be a great Raw without him. Even the fans got into the matches and the Punk chants quietened down. I felt bad for all the stars that had to be put in that environment because of one mans ego. But they worked through it. We can hope it was a wake up call to him and if he comes back will understand one man doesn’t stop the show. Life goes on.

        • Kris Mystery

          Maybe there was no gamble… maybe.. just maybe… HE ISN’T COMING BACK!!!

      • Ashley

        And if he does that, his inflated ego will be shocked to find out that we no longer care and neither will the WWE.

  • Scott Davies

    I’m going to say this cause I think the CM Punk chants are ill advised. It is not WWE’s fault the CM Punk is not there. CM Punk is responsible. This guy had everyone believing that he was going to fight to bring change. Punk feels WWE owes him & for what? WWE gave him over a years run as WWE Champion, WWE gave him the plat form to be free & he is angry cause WWE wanted him to do something he did not like. I bet John Cena gets a lot of the same thing, but he works injured. Even now & I’m not a John Cena fan.

    • JeanAE

      When was the last time Cena was put in an undercard match for Wrestlemania?

      • Xavier

        When’s the last time Cena hit a fan in the stand, started a stupid tweeter beef with Chris Brown, called a fan fag at a house show, bad mouthed the WWE in a interview, cussed out a hecking fan on RAW, or told fans on twitter to drink poison and die?

      • Xavier

        When’s the last time Cena hit a fan in the stand, started a stupid tweeter beef with Chris Brown, called a fan a gay slur at a house show, bad mouthed the WWE in a interview, cussed out a hecking fan on RAW, or told fans on twitter to drink poison and die?

        • Heath Slater

          AGREED! Punk simply lacks the judgment and temperament to be the #1 guy. It has NOTHING to do with talent or size or tattoos or anything else. WWE can’t trust a guy who is that unpredictable. It’s one thing to have a character that way. But you need performers who are smart businessmen. That’s why Undertaker, Steve Austin, The Rock and Hulk Hogan have drawn so much money. They don’t just do things unilaterally, rather they collaborate with WWE to make the most money. Punk’s reasons for walking are irrelevant. He simply doesn’t have the judgment and temperament to lead the entire roster. That’s the biggest difference between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. You’ll see DB remain a star for many years because he’s willing to play ball and will not put the company in jeopardy.

          • BigMarkLew

            I disagree Punk is crying cause everyone is chanting YES! YES! YES! Punk can’t handle he is not as popular as Bryan. The CM Punk chants always die down quick except in Chicago but the went away just like Punk went away. I say goodbye and don’t come back.

        • Snap

          When was the last time idiot fans in the audience shoved Cena around and threatened to push him down the stairs? Seems like the anti-Cena crowd are just a bit more respectful then the anti-Punk crowd.

          Here’s the thing… Punk isn’t Cena and Cena isn’t Punk, they have their own personalities and comparing them is like apples and oranges. I don’t think anyone will accuse Punk of being a saint, but Cena is also far from perfect. Sure, Punk could have handled the situation a whole lot differently and with considerably more professionalism, but it’s really none of our business WHY he chose to walk out. Or should I now just pull out the same tired “Steve Austin took his ball and went home, blah blah” ad nauseum like all of the same tired anti-Punk (or anti-Cena, for that matter) comments?

          If memory serves, Punk tweeted a fan to “drink bleach” not “drink poison and die.” I know, it’s semantics, but if you’re going to criticize the guy the least you can do is be as accurate as possible with the criticisms. If he DID tweet the “drink poison and die” thing (sorry, I don’t really do twitter) then my bad.

          Just so everything is clear: I am a fan of Punk’s work, but I don’t agree or condone a number of his actions. I also realize that Punk does not owe me an explanation for, nor must he justify his actions to my satisfaction. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t care whether people he doesn’t know are cool with the decisions he makes.

          • Bob’s Diner

            This is a great response. Well said on all accounts.

          • Xavier

            Never said Cena is far from perfect. Someone else on here brought up Cena for whatever reason. And your right, I could care less why he decided to quit on his fans, but that’s the thing though, he walked out on his own so…….

            And if you have paid attention to any of past comments you would know that I’m not a fan of Austin at all. Austin the wrestler is great YES, but I dislike Austin the person too the fullest. But I won’t get into all that. And yes he did tell a fan die. When did the fan threaten too push Punk down stairs? Did you hear that on the audio? BTW, Punk hit the wrong fan anyway. Point is Punk has gotten away with his fair share of stuff that most guys on the roster would of gotten fired for with no questions asked so for Punk fans to act like Punk is a victim is totally beyond me at this point.

            And just so you know, I think Punk is a great worker and easily one of the greats on the mic hands down but his attitude outside the ring completely sucks and I don’t think anyone should make excuses or passes for the way he often conducts himself in the back or on social media

          • Snap

            The Austin remark was a generation comparison as he is the only other example of a wrestler walking out as Punk did, not a direct argument to you personally. In regards to the Punk hitting the fan incident, it was from reports where Punk said he had heard fans around him say they should shove him down the stairs. I do know Punk hit the wrong fan BUT, consider this, there is NO WAY Punk could have known that at the time as someone shoves him directly from behind and he reacted to defend himself. Punk was also man enough to admit he made a mistake and apologized for it.

            Now, before you get on me about how wrestlers should never hit a fan, do you know what happens if a fan should jump the rail and rush the ring? They’ll get their ass kicked until security removes them. So, if the story dictates for a wrestler to leave through the crowd and, in the case of the Punk incident, event security dropped the ball and was out of position, then the talent has every right to defend themselves. It’s not like Punk just decided “Hey, I think I’m going to knock this guy’s sunglasses off and wipe that stupid smirk off his face” he was shoved hard from behind and reacted.

            I will agree about people not making excuses or giving passes for conduct out of the ring, but I also believe that what is good for one is good for all, so if the “no excuses, no passes” attitude is good to apply to Punk then it’s applicable to someone like John Cena as well. I will say this, though, Punk doesn’t hide who he is, he can be a prick outside of the ring and doesn’t make any excuses. but there’s plenty on this site which doesn’t paint Cena in the most positive of light. So, if people want to be “no excuses, no passes” with Punk, then they should be the same when it comes to Cena and not just dismiss anything which doesn’t make Cena look like a saint as “just another bitter WWE reject” or other such rhetoric. As with the earlier Austin example, I’m not targeting you specifically but making a blanket statement.

            Finally, as you have mentioned your appreciation for Punk’s skills in the ring while not particularly liking how he carries himself, I’d also like to point out that while I am not a fan of Cena at this point, I used to enjoy his work and my distaste where he is concerned does not take away from what he can accomplish in the ring. I think his character sucks and he has a tendency to take the concept of “PG” too far and insults the intelligence of the average viewer. I’m not one who believes the solution must be a heel turn, but he can most certainly change his character up while still retaining the core attributes which appeal to his target demographic.

      • Scott Davies

        To answer your question, I believe this is his first match since WM 20 that he is in the undercard for Wrestlemania. I don’t see Bray Wyatt as a main event worker just yet. If he beats Cena at WM he will be in my eyes. I like CM Punk as a wrestler, don’t get me wrong. But there comes a time when being selfish bites you. CM Punk wanted the mainevent of Wrestlemania. Well so does everybody else in WWE. There are guys that have worked just as hard as Punk has that aldo deserve that spot. But WWE wants what draws money. They are missing the boat with Bryan. But he has no track record of drawing in WWE. Cause late last year. Ratings & buy rates sucked & Punk was there for that time too.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Well, technically speaking, he didn’t close the show at WrestleManias
          24-26. For all we know, he and Bray Wyatt could have the 2nd to last
          match

          • Scott Davies

            True, but it was a title matches he was in & The World Heavyweight Title had legs then. I would call them a main event match as they were big time matches. This year it’s new guy v old guy with Cena

          • Bob’s Diner

            I’m glad you see that – too many people on here pretend Orton vs Cena for WWE title in 2009 wasn’t a main draw just because it didn’t close the PPVs. It was the title match for the flagship show. That is a draw in my opinion.

            I think Bray Wyatt is getting a HUGE opportunity with this

    • Bob’s Diner

      John Cena isn’t injured right now – that is called ‘storyline’

      • Win

        Hey dumb, dumb. He meant Cena throughout his career has worked injured, like when he had a tennis ball stuck in his elbow last year and still wrestled. I think some of you idiots miss the point in purpose and end up looking like bigger idiots when you respond with simple minded sarcasm.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Read his last line – he said “Even Now” meaning he believes John Cena is actually working injured right now.

          • Win

            There was a report…On this very website last week after Raw…That Cena’s injury was legit…Do your research.

          • Bob’s Diner

            There was also a report on this very website that he is not actually legitimately injured. Perhaps you should do more research?

            My you are getting worked up

          • Robert Olley

            And how does you arguing whether cena is injured or not take away from the point punk went home in a strope and cena does work injured,tired and when he was going through a divorce?

          • Bob’s Diner

            Oh boo hoo… the majority of the top names work injured all the time. It is called ‘protecting their spot’. And going through a divorce? He had Nikki Bella on the road with him, so I am sure he was fine…

            Sorry, I didn’t realise you were in the meeting with Vince and CM Punk and know everything about why he is not there

          • Robert Olley

            Dont need to be in any meeting with them 2. Punk got jealous plain and simple. If he was burned out,injured etc why has he not been seen in public,twitter or done any interviews saying?
            What other reason would there possibly be for punk behave like this? His career is over now its too late for mania and the only options are tna and roh which couldn’t pay punk the money hes been making.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Big reason no one has heard or seen him is because he still under contract. He can’t do anything until that expires, except stay home or go to UFC shows. If he’s getting paid to do that, then he is a smarter man than you or I

    • GOR

      So by ur logic, the YES chants would be bad too; cause it isn’t WWE’s fault that Bryan has been continuously screwed. right ?

      BDW, John Cena gets a hell of a lot better than wat punk gets. Punk was champ for more than a year but always 2nd fiddle to Cena. & now he had to do the same with batista & ortan. Cena was/is WWE’s face so that’s understandable but doing same to a returning Batista is just not fair.
      It has been said on this forum itself, that punk was unhappy with bad storylines & not getting top guys/matches. WWE made it even worse by pushing him down further for part-times.

      For mature wrestling fans, Punk was 2nd top face after bryan & it was evident from the reaction he would get in the arena. & that’s the respect WWE owed him. But instead they made him a scapegoat to give bryan a better match [y not ortan/Batista ?]. & BDW, Punk has also worked injured. Done the travelling company has asked him to do & tried to play the ball.

      But I guess this was his limit & he could take no more. so he left. He took respect n pride instead of wrestlemania pay-check. Maybe u could understand that.
      Also he did not ask fans to chant his name. they do it coz that’s how much imp he was n wwe did not see that. so its a punishment to them. so there’s no need to sympathise with them.

      • Scott Davies

        Ok when John Cena was injured ratings for Raw went down. When did Punk stand up & try to draw ratings. In 2011-2013. CM Punk was on top of the world. But when he returned at Payback. What did he do that stood out. Nothing & it was reported that he was phoning in his matches. Yet he leaves after WWE has spent all the time & money on him. Even dedicating this Mondays Raw to him. WWE has tried everything to get him back. Even friends he is not talking too & distancing himself from everybody. WWE did not make this choice & WWE would have changed their plans for him if he felt badly enough that he did not want to do it. So if you are going to blame anybody for not coming back. Blame him

  • kavon

    Mitb should come back because there will only be 1 at the ppv since both titles are unified, plus there are so many talent to use.

  • Xavier

    I really wish the WWE would get rid of not only the MITB PPV but the Elimination Chanber PPV, HIAC PPV & The Extreme Rules PPV as well. I’m all for getting rid of all those B Level gimmick PPVs honestly. Having these gimmick PPVs at the same time every year has deluded these gimmick matches. I’m sorry but matches like Bryan/Orton & Punk/Ryback really had no business being inside a cell, the feuds didn’t call for them but because it was October they were booked into a corner and had no choice but to place them inside the cell just because the calender said so. Gimmick matches like HIAC & the Elimination Chamber should be saved for special occasions. HIAC should be used as the final encounter for really heated, personal feuds, case in point Michaels/Triple H back in 04. The Chamber PPV following the Royal Rumble completely devalues the Rumble at this point. There’s only one title now so what’s the point. MITB should go back to being at Mania, it’s a great way to get young & deserving guys on the card for a nice payday and the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills. The WWE & NXT rosters are loaded and it’s impossible to book 7 or 8 normal matches at Mania and squeeze everyone on the card but with MITB it gets guys on the card who deserve to be there without having to worry about them being involved in a storyline or a feud.

    • Venom

      I may be losing my mind but I’ll agree with you on most except for MITB ppv. To me MITB is like King of the Royal Rumble. It’s a match involving a selected group of wrestlers trying to win and guarantees them a title shot.

      It would be cool to have it back at wrestlemania since this year there is only one title so probably just one match at MITB. But it would be an interesting concept if let’s say 2 people holding 2 different briefcase for the same title shot. Each teasing a cash in. Then one does cash in and wins after a hard fought match (like Sandow/Cena) wins it but then as he’s celebrating the other briefcase holder cashes in and wins it. This can lead to having 2 title changes in one night and can potentially lead to a future 3way feud or triple threat match.

    • outkazt09

      As long as those “gimmick” PPV are bringing decent revenue, they are not gonna get rid of them. Now since the PPVs are gonna be on the WWE Network, they might.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I remember when a Hell in a Cell match used to be a big deal – the gimmick PPV idea has really watered it down for me. I’m not into Elimination Chamber matches at all.

      They should go back to the old days and put on a crazy battle royal at WrestleMania

      • Venom

        Personally for me when it comes to gimmick ppv I stay with royal rumble, elimination chamber, money in the bank and survivor series. The rest I can live without. I say this cause they arnt used for specific feuds but are more to place random wrestlers together and when you build to these ppv they

        A) can start a new program like Sheamus and Christian

        B) can start a new feud like last years MITB with Rhodes and Sandow.

    • Snap

      I agree, I think scaling back the PPV (or shall we call them “supercards” if they feel the PPV model has run its course?) schedule to either four or five and let the circumstances decide whether or not the gimmick is warranted. The only B-level show concept which really works as an attraction is the Elimination Chamber, as it is the closest WWE has to the WarGames match,

      Money in the Bank really SHOULD be returned to WrestleMania. It would be a much better use of time than that stupid Brodus Clay and his momma’s bridge club nonsense from a few years ago.

    • Rayner Chee-bai

      I’m agree with you about the Elimination Chamber that really devalues Royal Rumble. It’s really got no point putting the show in between the Rumble and Mania. And Hell In A Cell today is a pathetic, piss-poor version of the old school Hell In A Cell. Remember that one time where HIAC used to end heated feuds like Taker-HBK, HHH-HBK and HHH-Jericho but HIAC in every year, it’s very repetitive. Now it just a tiresome show in hope of bringing us back down memory lane so that maybe they can get a match maybe just as good as Taker-Mankind from King of The Ring 1998 but instead they got a mundane PPV shows since 2009. I know it’s time to move on but there’s no point of moving on if the current/future product sucks.

    • GOR

      Completely agree with many points here. Hell in cell/EC is just no good now coz of PG policy. As, a result it results in even poor matches wen used regularly. they should be uzed carefully at the end of a bad feud or else r just lackluster.
      MITB; perfect way to give mid-card good opportunity at WM. but no 1 cares about mid-card now do they ? its all about top guys.

  • outkazt09

    CM Punk wants his Wrestlemania moment. The guy is 35 years old, around the age where he said he would like to retire. If he has to be selfish to get his moment, then so be it.

  • http://wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Theophilus McFadden

    I officially don’t care about whether or not Punk comes back. He had a chance to make things right and, if he was intent on leaving, say a proper “goodbye” to the WWE Universe. He didn’t. What did WWE do? Put on such a fantastic show that I actually started getting annoyed with the “CM Punk” chants and wanted them to stop. I had a great time last night and stopped caring fairly early on whether or not Punk surfaced. No one man is greater than WWE. The talent and charisma pool in WWE is deep and I won’t miss him. Later, CM Ryder.

  • Rayner Chee-bai

    Punk not show even in his hometown where he was chanted like a war hero is beyond me. At first I’m hoping for Punk to return but especially after tonight, why waste time and energy hoping and chanting for a self centered quitter like him. And no I don’t buy this “Punk left because WWE is misusing Daniel Bryan” sh*t because he’s just being jealous of Bryan who surpasses him in so many things in WWE. Bryan wasn’t misused. He is slowly getting the push he deserves because WWE knew if they push Bryan hard, they afraid the WWE Universe might got tired of Bryan and turned on him. Do remember that The Rock is really big of a star especially when he turned face in mid-1999 but he never became the WWE Champion until Backlash 2000 – exactly one year after he lost the title to Austin at WrestleMania XV. Be patience and everyone will get what they want – Daniel Bryan as the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion…

    • Xavier

      EXACTLY! Thanks for bringing up the Rock comparison, I’ve brought up that very same point a few times before on here and it flies over most people’s heads.

    • Jasont2300

      Be patient everybody will get what they want? Tell that to guys like Ziggler, Kofi, even Ryder

      • Rayner Chee-bai

        Kofi and Ryder sure doesn’t get the fans rallied behind him just as much as Bryan. Sure, we got Kofi and Ryder jobbing week in and week out but the fans seems like they’re slowly accept that they aren’t main event material. Nowadays if Bryan jobbing week after week then I’m sure Raw will get ”hijacked” every Monday night. As for Ziggler, he’s the one who’s badmouthing WWE or Orton to be exact so it’s his fault alone and buried by the higher ups as the punishment. Hey it’s just my 2 cents and I really want Ryder and Ziggler get high profiled programs too…

    • Bob’s Diner

      One difference with The Rock in 1999, is he was already a 3-time champion by WrestleMania XV and they held back on him after to build up more main event talent, knowing Austin was going to have to take time off. They’ve held off on Daniel Bryan to push Randy Orton and Batista, two guys that are multiple-time world champions and, quite frankly, don’t entertain anyone with eyes and ears

      • opie

        What the hell happened to Orton? He used to be entirely watchable.

        • Xavier

          Orton is still a very good worker it’s the way he’s been booked as a heel since Summerslam that’s really turned fans off to him. He comes off as a puppet who to Triple H & Steph that relies way too much on their help to get him out of jams as opposed to the way WWE creative booked him from 2004 through 2009 where he was more sadistic & ruthless and didn’t give a damn who he hurt to get what he wanted, he’s character use to be booked in a way where he would punt a baby if it meant getting what he wanted and people bought into that. That and people are just super eager to see Bryan get his proper title run (which we all want). Those thing s have all played a hand in the way fans now view Orton.

          • Bob’s Diner

            That… and I felt like he was not working very hard at first. From SummerSlam to TLC, it really looked like he was just going through the motions out there. He has stepped it up a notch since and I think he is handling the hostile crowds much better, but still. The guy is a 13-time world champion and has many many years ahead of him. Nobody was really clamoring for him and Batista to revisit their feud

          • opie

            I don’t really buy into the way other fans view wrestlers. We’ve been in enough discussions around here that I know you don’t either. He’s extremely talented, but it just seems like his heart isn’t in it. He has little to no charisma these days.

          • Xavier

            I disagree with that statement. Orton is still producing in the ring. Orton is also the victim of the YES movement. Orton for years was booked as a badass movement but now he’s booked like a chicken s*** heel who can’t do anything for himself. Plenty of people on here have pointed that out

    • Snap

      Wait, you realize what you said about The Rock makes no sense whatsoever, right? He “never” became the WWE champion until Backlash exactly one year “after” he lost the WWE championship to Steve Austin at WrestleMania? He had to have the WWE championship to begin with in order to lose it to Austin.

      I do agree with what you’re saying, that patience is a virtue but it’s WWE’s own fault as they, as a company, have had very little patience actually letting things play out. If they give someone the strap and the ratings don’t instantly soar to new highs, Vince goes into a cold sweat and puts the title back onto Cena because that’s the ONLY thing that can guarantee ratings. Whereas now the fans have been conditioned to demand such instant gratification that it seems to be an unfathomable concept to let a story play out for the long term to get that bigger payoff.

      Unfortunately, WWE shit the bed when it comes to Daniel Bryan and the whole “Bryan wins but is screwed over the next night on RAW” that it has become something like the boy who cried wolf. When Bryan DOES win the strap again, will it really have the appropriate impact or will everybody be expecting some bullshit on RAW the next night to strip him of the title again?

      • Rayner Chee-bai

        Pardon my language usage as I am from a country that doesn’t use English as the first language, but at least you get the point lol

  • Stephen Cash

    Richard you didn’t answer the first question….

  • Howard Stern

    Remember when CM Punk did the same thing with Jeff Hardy? Nice

  • Bob’s Diner

    Not sure why people are so worked up about CM Punk not appearing at Raw. WWE didn’t advertise him. CM Punk himself didn’t tweet “Hey guys, be sure to tune in to Raw Monday night to see my triumphant return to WWE!”

    He’s gone. Time to move on

  • JAE

    If Punk doesn’t matter anymore, why are people still discussing his decisions, whether right or wrong? If he didn’t matter, his name wouldn’t be sprawled throughout this site at the given moment.
    Even in his absence, Daniel Bryan is one of the top faces and is the one who is “over like rover”, yet Punk’s the one being talked about.

    • LeBron James

      Punk never really matter. Even when he was champion he never main evented hardly. WWE has been so much better wothout Punk

      • John

        CM Punk is over more than 99% of the entire WWE roster.. Of course he matters!

        • Danny_Boy

          CM Punk is washed up, he even said himself he’s burnt out. He couldn’t hang with the big boys anymore

  • matt

    NOBODY cared about Batista returning he never was a huge name to begin with. For WWE creative and Vince to allow the storylines to get where they are and to advertise Batista and Lesnar as “back” is a huge joke. To willingly bring in these part timers and put them over guys like Bryan,Punk,Ziggler etc… is a joke as well. I will not watch another WWE program until I read that they have fixed these and other problems. TNA may not have the production value or the “big names” and their creative is not what it could be, but at least they are finally pushing people that deserve it more than the part timers.

    • LeBron James

      Nobody cares if you ever watch again. GOODBYE

      • matt

        You cared just enough to respond.

        • LeBron James

          I see your another delusional Punk fan.

      • monty

        how about you don’t watch and goodbye?

  • Charles

    Whatever happened to the Championship Scramble match?
    That was a cool concept for a PPV.

  • Bob’s Diner

    Oh and Batista…
    Anyone else enjoy the irony of him making fun of people liking comic books and superheroes?

  • f_caus

    Let me preface by saying that I have always been a Punk fan. I followed him from ROH, was excited when he signed a developmental deal with WWE, and was happy to see him climb up that ladder despite being the “indie darling” and was behind him 100% during the “Summer of Punk.” I know he’s not the most likeable guy for a number of reasons but I always supported the dude. But the fact is the fact; Punk leaving was HIS choice, not WWE. A lot of people have been trying to explain his rationale: “he’s a selfish prick” or “management and creative kept holding him and other talented guys back” etc. But in the end, I’m not going to make judgments as to what his true ambitions were on the basis of internet reports. All I know is that he left, WWE tried to get him back, but he still made the decision to stay home. Can’t say I’m not disappointed at all. So fact is, Punk is gone. While I understand the passion of his fan base, especially the ones in Chicago, just chanting his name at every show isn’t going to do anything.

    Of course, I’m not gonna go outside and burn my CM Punk t-shirt that I bought back in 2011 due to my righteous anger. The fans have a right to be upset at Punk. Granted, there are still those who see this moment as vindication for their hatred of the guy and sound gleeful saying that they wish he never comes back, but there are also a lot of Punk fans who probably do feel betrayed and rightly so. But you know what, I can’t succumb to being angry or bummed that Punk is gone. As much as I don’t want to see Cena/Orton/Bootista on my tv screen, there is still Daniel Bryan, The Shield, Cesaro, the Wyatts, etc., who I can cheer for. Punk is gone. If he decides to come back in a few years who knows? Maybe I’ll be cheering for him again. But for now, he’s made his decision and I’ve made mine. We can do no other.

    • Ben

      Very well said. There’s still a lot of really talented guys left to watch and cheer for who haven’t walked away. Whatever Punk’s reasons for deciding to take his ball and go home, it’s time to move on. Chanting the name of a guy who left on his own terms does nothing.

      • opie

        Yep. The roster is as good as it has ever been (at least since they bought WCW).

    • Hector

      The bottom line is that CM Punk couldn’t hang with the big boys and was smart enough too realize this so he took his ball and left. Raw has been a lot better without him anyway. Good riddance

      • f_caus

        Quality story, bro.

  • Gary Robert

    Heyman is gold on the mic.