The Second City Savior shocked the WWE Universe last Monday by walking out on professional wrestling right in the heart of Wrestlemania season. Yes, this is definitely a big blow to both the fans and the WWE, but there is some good that can come out of CM Punk’s sudden departure.
Let’s take a look at the 5 reasons why CM Punk leaving the WWE is a good thing.
1. Next Man Up
Somebody has to take Punk’s spot right? Whether it be an already “established” star like Daniel Bryan moving into Punk’s assumed ‘Mania match with HHH* or somebody like Roman Reigns getting more main event airtime at the Showcase of the Immortals, Punk’s departure frees of up a spot for someone. We all like to complain about how limited WWE Creative is when it comes to fleshing out more than a handful of storylines, so this frees up some time for them as well to create potential top of the card storylines for midcard talent like Dolphy Ziggler, Antonio Cesaro, and Cody Rhodes. We’ve already seen Cesaro and Christian benefit from Punk’s exit by being included in the main event chamber match at this month’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
*I’ve seen this being reported across the interwebz and it’s somewhat laughable to me that this is considered a step up for Bryan when he should be included in the WWE Heavyweight Championship picture instead. I guess it’s better than facing Sheamus for the third time at Wrestlemania.
2. The Inevitable Return Is Going To Be Awesome
Yeah, yeah, yeah. CM Punk has been smart with his money and he’s stated multiple times that he wants to retire early, or at least before his knees turn into swiss cheese. I still don’t have a doubt in my mind that he’s going to come back. There’s too much money to be had for both Vinny Mac and Punk and Punk’s idol Stone Cold Steve Austin even said he’d come back if he were Punk.
All that said, the storyline possibilities of Punk coming back are endless and mostly great. With all the Sting, sorry, A Man Called Sting rumors floating around, how awesome would it be if Punk dressed up as Crow Sting and eventually it was him underneath? MAXIMUM TROLLAGE.
3. CM Punk Is NOT Wolverine…IT’S HEALING TIME
Punk seems like he has been nursing injuries since his TNA days. I’m only slightly exaggerating here. Yes, CM Punk is sometimes considered the “real” Wolverine, but unlike Wolvey, his body is not made up of adamantium. This time off, no matter how long it may be, is only going to help CM Punk return to form. Admit it, he’s basically been half-assing it the last few months. A little R&R will do wonders for both his physical and mental well-being.
4. The Machine Will Open Up The Pocketbook
I’m not going to lie, there’s a little part of me that’s stoked about the WWE braintrust scrambling to firm up the Wrestlemania XXX card. Hogan coming back as some sort of host is all but a done deal. We’ll probably get a Warrior run in of some sort. Sting? Well, I’m guessing Punk’s departure has heated up negotiation talks to a scorching 1000 degrees. Will Vince and Aitch open up the wallet to further compensate for the Voice of the Voiceless’ abrupt departure? Could we see someone like Goldberg squashing Ryback? What about convincing Austin to lace ’em up one more time? That would be the ultimate kick in the nuts to Punk, wouldn’t it?
5. Part-Timer Backlash
We all love a good nostalgia pop, but the few weeks may lead to a shift in how the E handles ushering legends of yesteryear back into our lives. I hated how The Rock ended Punk’s record championship reign, but I could understand how everything was booked for him since he’s one of the all-time greats. I don’t even mind how Creative has handled Brock Lesnar’s place on most pay-per-view cards. Bootista, I mean Batista’s current run? Blah. He’s been positioned as some sort of returning star on the level of The Rock, but he’s not even a poor man’s Rock. He wasn’t even that popular during his peak and that was one of the worst periods in WWE history in terms of star power.
What Punk’s departure may do is flame the fires of Batista hate even further and force Bryan into the title picture. Do you really think McMahon wants the main event of his historic Wrestlemania hijacked by the crowd? Also, the powers that be may have second thoughts on what they promise part-timers moving forward. You don’t want a locker room full of stars pulling a CM Punk, do you?
If Punk didn’t take his ball and go home, we wouldn’t have been able to experience this piece of work…