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In your opinion, what is the IWC’s problem in regards to CM Punk? I know you read the comments as I do. They were all over him before his huge push and now they are all against him. What gives?
There are three types of people that do not like CM Punk. First, you have the people getting worked by the heel turn. They don’t like him because of his over-the-top antagonistic personality and are more inclined to follow the tides of the storylines even though they are “smarter” than your average mark.
Secondly, there are people that used to like Punk but grew tired of his 434-day reign as WWE Champion. When Punk caught fire in 2011, he was the ultimate rebel. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it was the most entertaining character turn in the last five years. However, once Punk made it to the top, this group of people grew tired of him staying there. They suffer from CM Punk burnout and wanted to see something different – even if that meant John Cena as WWE Champion. The same thing happened with people like Randy Orton and Triple H when they had 200+ day title reigns. People liked them at first but bailed when their reigns seemed never-ending.
Finally, there are people that just don’t like CM Punk, whether he’s babyface or heel. Punk is extremely outspoken and opinionated. Sometimes his mouth gets him in trouble and rubs people the wrong way. Even before Punk “made it” as a top star in WWE, there was always a long list of people that would line up to bury him because they didn’t like him. Punk knew how to play the game of politics and stayed over with the right people.
Does Vince McMahon or anyone backstage ever worry about Brock Lesnar being reckless and careless in the ring or is that just how Brock is made to look?
Brock Lesnar is an odd case. The guy can wrestle, he was an NCAA national champion and he knows the basic principles of amateur wrestling. These basic abilities play a large role in whether or not someone can work as professional wrestler. Obviously one doesn’t have to learn how to “bump” as an amateur but generally speaking, when someone can work as an amateur, they are more inclined to have success as a professional wrestler.
However, despite Brock’s wrestling background and natural talent, he hasn’t exactly “wowed” anyone with his ring work since returning to WWE last year. Part of this is by design. Two out of three of his matches have had “hardcore” gimmicks (an “Extreme Rules” match against John Cena and a No Holds Barred Match against Triple H). This trend will continue at Extreme Rules this month with a steel cage match.
The gimmicks allow WWE to book the matches more as “fights” rather than competitive pro wrestling bouts. After all, they want to make sure their guys come out looking good, while Lesnar, the part-time outsider, is used as the must-see spectacle. See, Brock is getting paid a lot of money in WWE but he’s not “in it to win it” so it speak. Brock is back with WWE because they were the highest bidder for his services. He’s not here because he “loves the business” or “wants to give back,” he’s here because he’s making seven figures. And there’s nothing wrong with that and he shouldn’t be demonized because of it.
So to answer your question, yes, Brock is a little reckless. It isn’t something that “causes concern” as WWE knows what they are getting with him. He’s raw, he’s massive and he’s someone that people want to see. One cannot, however, accuse him of being apathetic as he is in great shape and has done everything that has been asked of him.
What are your thoughts on Shane McMahon?
Shane McMahon is a smart businessman, just like his father, grandfather and great grandfather. I can’t help but have respect for what he’s done as an executive, making a name for himself outside of WWE as the Chief Executive Officer of You on Demand Holdings Inc. . Shane obviously had a top position with WWE for life, however, he realized Vince was grooming Triple H to take the reigns and wanted to try something else.
It’s not something that was easy and even strained their father-son relationship. Vince wasn’t expecting Shane to resign. In the end, Shane can say he “made it” on his own and that’s not something a lot of people in his position can boast.
Do you know how much money he made last year under his currently position? According to Reuters, the younger McMahon raked in $251,875.
If John Cena misses Extreme Rules because of injury, how would you go about booking the PPV?
Well thankfully this doesn’t look to be an issue as the latest word on John Cena is his injury wasn’t as bad as originally thought and he is scheduled to defend the WWE title at Extreme Rules. If he would be unable to go, I think you have to try and get another part-time name on the show. I’m not sure Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar III could sell it with Brock’s limited schedule and I would probably look to do something with The Shield and Undertaker. However, it doesn’t look like it’s going to come to that and Cena will be able to work.
If Cena had suffered the worst case scenario, an Achilles tendon tear, there would have to be a serious set of discussions about what to do with the WWE title. Obviously Cena would have had to be stripped of the title and replaced but that would have been a very complex and difficult situation to address.
If CM Punk is out for an extended period of time, could you see him come back as a commentator like he did before he started his run with the Nexus?
I wouldn’t mind seeing CM Punk on commentary but the whole idea of giving Punk time off is to allow him separation from the wrestling business. Punk is beaten down and burnout and requested time off to let his body heal and get a chance to do some “me” things. It’s a good idea to keep Punk away as they can possibly allow, letting him collect his downside, while he recharges his batteries. This is why CM Punk is considered to be out “indefinitely,” not because of one serious injury.
The guy is coming off a run where he was “the guy,” and his knees were hurting baldy after Wrestlemania. He’s lucky he doesn’t need any surgeries but there is no reason to try and hotshot him back into storylines, only to end up suffering a serious injury that requires surgery.
Rey Mysterio is one that comes to mind that tried to rush a return from a knee injury and ended up right back on the shelf.
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