Granted it’s been a long time since I’ve had the itch to make my way back to the IWC and take the time to offer some commentary, but tonight’s Raw program offered something I havenâ€™t seen from WWE in years: Excitement and Unpredictability.
Not in my wildest dreams did I think that WWE would have the guts to give C.M. Punk a world title run, and even more shocking was that they didn’t make this a one and done situation. The skeptic in me thought that Punk was given the Big Gold Belt just for the sake of blowing off this year’s Money In The Bank situation in a way that would minimize the significance of the WrestleMania MITB match, and yet here I sit at 11:13 pm ET and C.M. Punk is STILL the World Heavyweight Champion.
I’ve been writing wrestling columns on and off since 1998, and as I have gotten older I have become more and more dissatisfied with what I have seen both on television and off-camera. Last week, I was reminded why I have not been as active a participant in the IWC over the past year when Vince McMahon staged another “tragic incident” regarding his TV persona that happened to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Chris Benoit double murder/suicide that was all-too-real for me to stomach.
Yet here I am penning my first column in over four months, for no other reason than just when I think that there is no joy left in professional wrestling fandom, I am startlingly reeled back in by an episode of Raw that just may be seen as the true turning point that EVERYONE has been looking for from Vince McMahon and Company since WWE peaked in the year 2000.
As everyone on the broadcast said all night, “Punk Wins! Punk Wins! Punk Wins!”
And, ironically enough, tonight is the night that we should all feel like a million bucksâ€¦
Tags: Chris Benoit, cm punk, Raw, vince mcmahon, World Heavyweight Championship, wrestling, WWE