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CM Punk’s Wacky Week

From a favorable trial verdict to a UFC defeat to endless questions about going “All In” on a wrestling return, the past week has been crazy for CM Punk.

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OK, I’ll start off by admitting I am not a big CM Punk fan.  I enjoyed his in ring work when he was still wrestling but since then I’ve pretty much soured on him.  I didn’t celebrate when he lost Saturday night, but I didn’t chastise anyone who did, either.  But before that went down we had the court case that was brought by the doctor he’d ripped a few years ago.  The trial itself was pretty stupid, but there were a few things that came out that I found interesting.  One, the doctor admitted that he hadn’t actually suffered in his career because of what Punk said about him.  But second Punk admitted under oath that he’d never been diagnosed with either MRSA or a staph infection as he said before.  And for me, that was a final straw.  I had him figured to be a stubborn jerk and all, but I thought all his self righteous talk about integrity and hypocrisy was at least somewhat based in truth.  Turns out it isn’t.  Now if you’re glossing over this because Punk’s your guy and all, let me dig in a little more.

Punk essentially said that the WWE physician said he was ok to keep working and either misdiagnosed or completely blew off his concerns, and that he went to another doctor who properly diagnosed him.  That is a damning accusation to make against a doctor.  And he never corrected that even while his supporters used it to bash the WWE, Vince McMahon, and hold Punk up as some kind of martyr in the struggle against the WWE’s creative team.  Now I don’t think he had some grand deception in mind, but instead he was in his feelings about all that was happening and popped off about it to a friend on his podcast.  And he never figured he would end up in a courtroom over it.  But even though the final ruling came in his favor, probably because the doctor had no proof he’d been adversely affected by it, that doesn’t change the fact that he misrepresented how his employer treated him and put them at risk for legal action (if it was true then any number of guys and gals who worked there at one time could be bringing suits of their own).

To me, that’s pretty crappy.  Vince McMahon is no saint and deserves a ton of criticism for a whole lot of things, but if you’re going to go public like that after working for him you should stick to things that actually happened.  I don’t doubt for one minute that Punk and everyone else who works there gets the same kind of slapdash medical care that most professional athletes get; if it’s not something that makes it impossible for you to work then they patch you up and send you back out there.  No it’s not good but we as fans tolerate it and we continue to demand that the big name players and performers show up for us no matter what, so it is what it is.  When some major malfeasance happens and someone goes public with it, the potential implications for everyone involved and affected are huge so you better be telling the truth.  And he wasn’t, so I got nothing for that dude.

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Can a Queen of the Ring Event Work in Today’s WWE?

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Rumors are swirling about WWE bringing back a throwback event for the next all-women’s PPV.  A Queen of the Ring tournament sounds like a good idea as a focal point for the PPV considering the ever-evolving Women’s Evolution.

Many fans remember the King of the Ring, which was considered one of the big five PPVs for WWE back in the 1990s.  King of the Ring had its ups and downs, but it was mostly known for the birth of Austin 3:16.  The iconic moment still stands the test of time twenty two years later, however others such as Owen Hart, Triple H, and Edge certainly benefited from the once-prestigious tournament.

After Brock Lesnar’s win in 2002, King of the Ring slowly began to fade out.  The last tournament was in 2015,where Bad News Barrett would later become King Barrett to celebrate the win.  Before that was the infamous King Sheamus, who won the one prior back in 2010.

The allure and beneficial factor of King of the Ring definitely dissipated by the time it was brought back.  King of the Ring used to be a big deal, meaning that the winner was definitely en route to a huge push or a WWE Championship opportunity down the road.  The accolade was something that a few men could add to their list of accomplishments.

So let’s fast forward to now with these Queen of the Ring ideas.  Could this really work in today’s WWE that is struggling to create lasting moments and new stars?

It depends on the commitment factor for the company; and that lies on the success and reception of the event if it did happen.  There is certainly use for it, as the tournament can be used to elevate talent such as Ruby Riott, Peyton Royce, or Sasha Banks.  On the flip side, it wouldn’t be no surprise if someone such as Alexa Bliss or Mandy Rose could take the win to garner extra heat for their respective character.  That would certainly work, as Bliss is an example of someone who is very much over and the company seems to be completely behind her.

Consistency also matters, in which it is crucial to make the Queen of the Ring idea work.  That goes hand in hand with the storytelling aspect that the company has been struggling with for some time now.  Gaps in logic with missed opportunities have done more harm than good, and with Evolution’s success, it wouldn’t be fair to the women if Queen of the Ring was one and done thanks to those poor factors.

Queen of the Ring is a great idea that could certainly help the Women’s Division.  Having the tournament at the Women’s PPV would create interest for fans that want something to look forward to.  There is no doubt that the talent would shine during the Queen of the Ring – even the potential for possible Match of the Year candidates is high at an event such as this. 

WWE has all of the tools to make this a success if at all possible this is true.  Overall, it would be beneficial for the Women’s Division, and it will help the Evolution become full circle –something that the Division is meant to be.


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SmackDown Live: Should The Miz Become A Babyface?

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The Miz is a natural-born heel. the kind of performer who is so over the top, you cannot help but love him and hate him at the same time. David Levin asks if he should turn face.

I have always subscribed to a theory in professional wrestling that if one superstar becomes a heel, one must become a babyface. Unless the two characters are able to perform the very difficult “double turn” then which wrestlers draw the short straw becomes a decision for the creative team and the people that truly matter – the McMahon clan.

I am not a fan of Daniel Bryan’s most recent heel turn, but understand how his character was a bit stale. Having him beat A.J. Styles for the WWE title was the right move, but might have been at the wrong time. The feud between two of the best in-ring performers in WWE is a dream matchup that was waiting to happen. The residual effect, however, has made things a bit cramped for some performers, most notably The Miz.

It’s hard to see both Bryan and The Miz, two of the best who feed off each other, on the same side of the fence. It also begs the question – should WWE, in turn, make The Miz a babyface and create an arc that finds these two face-to-face at WrestleMania 35 with the company title on the line?

The Miz is a natural-born heel. the kind of performer who is so over the top, you cannot help but love him and hate him at the same time. He is  a combination of Chris Jericho, Ric Flair and Gino Hernandez wrapped tightly into an explosive character who gets over with the fans and draws heat when he needs to.

Heels were supposed to control matches in years gone by and knew when to sell for an opponent and let a match speak for itself. With Maryse by his side, he is every bit Tully Blanchard with Baby Doll, and when given a microphone to accentuate his persona he is WWE gold.

Why he does not have a title around his waist right now is a mystery yet to be solved. A confrontation with Bryan, who is the top heel by far on the blue brand, with the WWE fanbase squarely in his corner is another angle the creative team should look long and hard at pulling off.

The reality star turned professional wrestler turned movie star should still be considered an underrated commodity for what he does on screen and how he is a money maker off camera. But in honesty, taking his current character and changing his position from heel to babyface might be his biggest challenge in WWE to date.


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