Weekly Rundown: The Punk Mistake

This blog reflects my subjective views and nothing more. If you disagree – which is encouraged – feel free to voice your opinion (in a civil manner) in the comments section.

Hello and welcome back to yet another edition of the Weekly Rundown hosted by yours truly, Guy Landau. This is a weekly feature on WrestlingNewsWorld.com where I gloss over the important happenings in WWE & TNA week as it pertains to the companies’ respective major shows, in the form of bulletins for the positive happenings (under the “YES!” column, and prefaced with + signs), the negative happenings (under the “NO!” column, and prefaced with – signs), and the ones I could not decide what they were, but felt they were important enough to comment on (Under the “Maybe?” column, and prefaced with ? signs).

So without further ado, let’s get started.

 

YES!

Impact Wrestling

+ TNA Knockout action is far superior to WWE’s, there’s no denying it.

+ TNA does something that WWE unfortunately does not do – Have an idea, stick with it and get their resolution – at least since Prichard is at the helm. Beforehand it was one storyline that holds for a year (“They”, followed by Immortal the following year), but now every story has a purpose – from Joey Ryan’s Gut Check to Madison Rayne’s crush – these were built over months. I originally said Rayne’s crush was pointless, but low and behold – I stand corrected. Months after it has begun, the storyline had a resolution with Taryn Terrell becoming Knockout referee. Ryan losing his Gut Check opportunity was so long ago – and that’s also getting resolved. Long term storytelling is something I really miss today in wrestling, and I’m glad TNA are going back to it.

+ Great match between Joe and RVD. Devon vacating the TV title is one of the best things that could’ve happened to it, and to Joe.

+ Great story told in the main event by all 3 participants.

Smackdown

+ I said it before and I’ll say it again – RyBack is the best man I’ve ever seen at dominating competition.

+ I love Cole’s balanced character.

+ I have to admit – del Rio’s imitation (until he spoke) made me laugh. Ricardo was hilarious throughout the match.

RAW

+ JBL is back, Yay! “Only difference between me and del Rio – I didn’t have to drive”, “Pick one or the other, it’s a binary question” and other great one-liners by the most must-hear former WWE superstar in WWE history, cracked me up.

+ RyBack was OVER on RAW, both in his match (which, again, showed how good he is at looking dominant, this time while getting his established opponents over) and the final segment.

+ Punk & McMahon’s segment on the first hour was wonderful. It wasn’t July 2011 quality, but it was great by today’s standards.

+ Seems like WWE heeded my advice (meaning they came up with the same idea) in regards to Cara and Mysterio. Their outfit looks much better when it’s the same color.

+ Barrett vs. Sheamus definitely was a step in the right direction for Barrett.

+ Kidd got a surprising amount of offense against Cesaro. I can’t call that match a squash, which in itself is good.

+ Great match between Bryan/Kane and Ziggler/del Rio

+ I liked Eve’s work against Kaitlyn. All things considered, she is definitely the most worthy Diva to hold the title in my eyes.

+ While the Larry King segments were awful for the most part, Kane calling him Skeletor was worth it all.

+ I don’t know what is it about McMahon’s work, but he’s very enjoyable to watch, even at his advanced age.

NO!

Impact Wrestling

- While I liked it originally, the Tara-boyfriend storyline is getting annoying. It’s a stupid idea if her boyfriend isn’t Ryan, or it doesn’t have some sort of overall payoff.

- TNA are desperately trying to make King Mo a bigger superstar than he is, and all they are doing is making themselves seem minor league.

- … Why did the crowd turn on Aries suddenly? He said “I don’t need any of you” once in the match, but he’s been that way for his entire face run.

Smackdown

- Sheamus acts heelish, but since it’s towards other heels the crowd cheers… He is not a likable character as far as I’m concerned. In fact, he’s sort of a bully.

- Again – Alicia is being turned with no explanation. I really wish the females will be taken more seriously, as I mentioned  – something like how they are treated in TNA will suffice.

- I REALLY don’t like how the Intercontinental champion is being buried recently.

RAW

- Cena’s opening segment went a tad long. It would have been fine had it been shorter.

- Little Jimmy’s dance segment… Heel Cole didn’t see Little Jimmy, and a face Cole does – so a face Michael Cole is illogical – wonderful.

- No Vince, there isn’t room for that stuff. Not imaginary children and not leprechauns. I’ll give the goat-faced Vegans a pass, though.

- Even with what little he had to do in it – Sin Cara still managed to botch the hell out of his tag match.

- Speaking of tag matches, the camera work in Hell No vs. Zigglerio (hey, I did my best with this one) was horrible. A lot of important spots or spot-teases were missed because of either bad angling or over-focus on the managers.

 

Maybe?

? What’s the deal with the way Morgan was brought back? “By the way, Morgan hasn’t appeared for 6 months, so don’t allow him into the building” is not a good excuse, they didn’t say he’s no longer under contract, so why not let one of your performers in?

? Bully is Sting’s partner… Huh. It’s rather obvious where this is going, and I am as of now still undecided of my feelings in regards to how this will pan out. I guess I’ll have to see how it works out in the grander scheme of things to decide.

? Interesting that WWE gave a heel vs. heel main event on Smackdown. I’m assuming they thought about it along the lines of Bryan & Kane – Regardless of Face/Heel divide, they are appointed viewing. It’s interesting to note Ziggler was for the most part playing the face.

? You must be wondering what I think of Punk hitting the fan – well, it was wrong, obviously, but the blame doesn’t fall solely on Punk. A lot of it does, but he should not have been put in that position (security-wise) in the first place. He was being pushed constantly, risking a fall down the stairs. That said, had I been Punk I would’ve went down a couple of stairs to distance myself from the fans that picked on me – NEVER resorting to retaliation against a fan.

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: Do you think Punk’s actions were justified? Why or why not?

Leave your answer in the comments section below, and don’t forget to come back next week for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!

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  • mark3man

    I'm still undecided as to my feelings on the punk situation, but my mind keeps going back to Bubba Ray on impact a few weeks ago when he threatened a fan who put his hands on him (Brilliant heel move) but then face Austin Aries backed him up….now if the punk situation had of happened to Aries (who is TNA'S punk) then I think everyone on the IWC would be praising him and saying 'look the fans had warnings' etc. But then the WWE is now PG and family friendly.
    I dont think he should ever of hit a fan but also they need to appear tougher than the average guy on the street, so as I said i'm undecided, but after watching every available youtube video I could my opinion is, NO he shouldn't of struck someone however it came after a right amount of provocation where you would say look he was pushed to it, lets just say sorry and hopefully be the end of it

  • Chris

    Punk misread it. Guy bumped his head and punk was trying to stay in character, the fans shouldn’t have crowded him the way they did and the guard shouldnt been on the move with punk. So I dont want to hear punk is bad for slugging a fan. Eddie did it all the time in Mexico to show the crowd to not throw punches or bottles or anything. Everyone gets butt hurt to easily nowadays

  • RobUK

    I just can’t accept in any form of job that kind of treatment. I don’t care if your a famous wrestler or you work in macdonalds. No one, and I mean no one has the right to put there hands on you when your working or otherwise and I believe CM Punk was right to defend himself. We have a problem as a society as seeing ‘stars’ in a different light meaning we can act and treat them differently than the average person. This shouldn’t be the case. I don’t care what job you do – your rights as a human being should not be violated. Now.. Punk did hit the wrong guy but in the heat of the moment send preservation kicked in a punk retaliated. I would say its self defence.

    • snap

      It’s disturbing that there are people who feel they are entitled to assault others without any repercussions. What’s fishy is first the guy who got hit said he had no intention of pressing charges, then the next day he’s considering hiring an attorney for a possible lawsuit.

      In that case, WWE should file charges against everybody who was shoving Punk, they’re nothing but wannabe-rioters and should be treated as such.

  • AnacondaVise

    Tyson Kidd is the most underrated in-ring worker in WWE. If they would ever give him a 15-20 min match with DB or Punk they would kill it. A triple threat between the 3 would be epic.

  • Evon Reese

    I truly believe Punk should have moved away from those fans. It's a wonder if the fans hadn't dog piled him and beat the shitz outta him when Punk went to punching. He should have realized the circumstances and walked away. If that little kid had got hurt this would really be blown up.

  • Ken

    Just come back from a holiday, the one time I decided not to take my laptop and stuff and to stay away from the interwebz for a week, to find all this CM Punk stuff going on. Wow. Talk about poor timing on my part.

    Having watched Raw and the fan vid and such I think I'm firmly on the side of CM Punk on this one. Maybe he did get the wrong guy, but in that situation it's understandable. If some greasy little toerag was trying to push me down a flight of stairs I'd lash out too, and I'd likely not show as much restraint as Punk did.
    At no point in the history of ever has buying a ticket to a wrestling show entitled a fan to assault a performer. I think trying to push Punk down a flight of stairs or hitting him in the kidneys or whatever happened certainly counts as assault just as much as Punk's retaliation does.
    Maybe fans will learn from this, but I doubt it.

    That is, of course, assuming that it's legit and not a work. The guy not pressing charges and then considering it could be a work or it could just be a greedy compensation-culture parasite looking for a payout. Either is possible, and I'm cynical, so… yeah.

    Looking forward to Punk-Ryback in a cell. I like Ryback.

    • Guy Landau

      I REALLY doubt it’s a work. I’m definitely on the “compensation-culture parasite payout” – or C double P double – side.

  • Adam “The Eagle”

    I’m with punk, I wouldn’t like to get elbowed in the back of the head three times when im standing at work. And he only pushed the bloke. Not hit him. What is wrestling coming to these days. I remember RAR, NJW and ECW ‘rassers decking people for less!

  • Synyster

    Punk had every right to swing back at that fan. Everyone says he should be more professional but none of us have been in his position… Until we have been in that position how can any of us judge what he did?

    • Guy Landau

      I haven’t been in that exact position, but I know what it’s like to be on the wrestler’s side of a show and how you relate to the crowd. What Punk did was crossing a line, especially since he could have walked away and lower down the stairs to avoid the fans. It would require the cameras to adjust accordingly, but if it’s either or, I’d rather let the cameramen work a little extra than let this happen.

  • Wreckless discharge

    Guy I'm thinking not Ryan but John Hennigan fits the mold for Tara's boyfriend. Ryan just doesn't seem right for the role .vAlso fans need to control themselves and realize wrestlers are just people like everybody else and respect them as such. But Punk is a professional who should know how to take the high road if he wants to be the guy he has to avoid being provoked into a situation that reflects poorly on the company. But hey we all make mistakes in the heat of the moment