How does WWE plan on handling the March 3, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw in Chicago, Illinois? I can see the crowd chanting CM Punk for three straight hours.
It's probably safe to assume WWE is happy this taping is still a month out to give the CM Punk story a chance to cool down, however, fans are going to have to get over it. I'm very high up on CM Punk, I agree with Mick Foley in the sky should have been the limit and his booking did him no favors. That still doesn't change the fact that he quit. It's fun to see an audience passionately chant for someone and the message sent about Daniel Bryan [at Royal Rumble] was a case of WWE reaping what they had sown, however, Punk still quit. At some point it has to get a little monotonous chanting for a guy that chose to leave and has no chance of appearing. Monday night on Twitter there was one person responding to all of my Tweets about Raw with #WeWantPunk when it hit me how ridiculous that was. It's not WWE refusing to give the fans Punk, he left on his own terms.
Rumor has it that security was telling people to stop chanting for CM Punk and taking Punk signs away. How much truth is there to this and under first amendment rights can a crowd member be thrown out for not stopping a Punk chant?
Fans were not ejected for chanting CM Punk at this week's episode of Monday Night Raw in Omaha. Apparently there were some claims on Twitter that started to make headlines but they were not based on fact. WWE and event staff were confiscating CM Punk signs in order to try to keep the attention off the story of him leaving the company. WWE did make other efforts to control the crowd chants and I'll have more in this week's Backstage Raw News.
How about the show Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton put on at this week's episode of Monday Night Raw?
One would be hard pressed to criticize WWE for giving Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton more than 27 minutes on free TV that saw Bryan pin the WWE World Heavyweight Champion clean. We can all be hesitant about WWE finally giving Bryan a protected run as a top guy but you're not going to see anything bad from me about this one. This was the right move and a case of Vince McMahon listening to his audience. We also need to give Bryan and Orton a tremendous amount of credit. They've had a lot of matches with one another and to be able to produce material that still tells a story and is new and is refreshing is no easy task. The main event was by far away the best thing on this week's Raw and if you missed it, you need to go back and watch it. You can read my complete notes from this week's Raw including my full analysis on the main event at this link.
What is your perspective on Bray Wyatt's promos?
Bray Wyatt's promos are creepy, far out and always leave me wondering, "what was that about?" That's exactly what WWE is going for and Bray does a great job of capturing the gimmick and portraying it in a way where it appears to be an extension of his real-life persona. This is how the best gimmicks are created and the entire Wyatt Family gimmick carries a level of mystique we haven't seen in quite some time. What makes it even better is the fact Bray can actually work as he proved at Royal Rumble. His future should be very bright.
From the Ask WNW vault…
April 2013: When will WWE realize Undertaker should always go last at Wrestlemania? Every year the crowd dies down after his matches no matter what happens next. - I agree, The Undertaker is impossible to follow at Wrestlemania. We’ve seen him do what he did at Wrestlemania 29 before (saving the show with an outstanding match) yet we all wondered going in what CM Punk would be able to get out of him. Here’s a guy that works one match a year and consistently puts on “match of the year” candidates. Following his match against CM Punk, the conversation has shifted. We need to start having serious debate on whether or not Undertaker is the greatest of all-time. I almost feel bad for even doubting what we would get out of the bout this year. Undertaker not only showed he hasn’t “lost a step” in the ring but his physical conditioning was very good as well. He certainly looked the part and did not disappoint.
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