Adam wilkinson



As we come up on the anniversary of the promo that catapulted C.M. Punk to his rightful “spot” on the WWE’s roster, I think it’s time to revisit said promo and reveal one of the biggest bungle jobs in WWE History.

Do you remember where you were that night? Of course you do. You were in front of your T.V. watching Raw like I was, completely unaware that we were about to see one of the greatest “shoot” promos of all time. C.M. Punk was obviously gaining steam heading into the Money in The Bank PPV. In the weeks leading up to the event, Punk built up the fact that he was leaving the company after his contract expired and he was going to leave with the WWE Title. The set up could not have been more perfect. As C.M. Punk made his way up to the top of the ramp and sat down and spoke those magic words, I couldn’t help but to think these thoughts: This is it. Wrestling is back. This is going to be the next great cycle that professional wrestling or sports entertainment, or whatever you choose to call it, seems to go through every few years. It will be hot again. It will be the Monday Night Wars. It will be the “Attitude Era”. It will be scorching hot again and I for one could not wait to take that ride again. When C.M. Punk fulfilled his prophecy and stormed through the crowd in his frenzied hometown of Chicago, I could not wait until Monday Night. I couldn’t wait to see how the WWE was going to continue to spin this gold. They couldn’t possibly mess this up could they?

Now, don’t get me wrong. It started off good enough. We all wondered what Punk was doing. Where was he going to take the WWE title next? From the tweetpics of the title in his fridge and hanging out at Wrigley Field with Darwin Barney, to Comic- Con and his tirade on Triple H, it had all the makings of success. Then the unthinkable happens. From the moment Living Colour’s Cult of Personality hit the air that night of July 25th, 2011, I knew it was all over and it was so wrong. Really? Really? 8 days later? WTF??? I sat in utter disbelief. While it wouldn’t tarnish the fact that Punk was my new wrestling hero, I couldn’t help but to be disappointed.

What would I have done you ask? What would I have done different and better than the great Vincent Kennedy McMahon? Whether you asked or not I am going to tell you. When I am I done, I am 100% sure that you will all agree with me. If not, you don’t have a clue, let alone know anything about wrestling.
The first thing I would’ve done is kept C.M. Punk off of T.V. as long as possible, at least a full 2 weeks. Have the WWE up in arms wondering where the title is and where to go from here. Have a big tournament and crown the champ at the next PPV with a new or retro World Title. That’s a story for another day, but that belt flat out sucks. After the WWE starts to put a plan in place to crown the new champion and things finally start to get back to normal and Punk is becoming forgotten, you hear the music. Still no Punk, but you hear the music. Cult of Personality hits while Cena or someone is in the ring and he starts cutting little 5 minute promo videos similar to the old NWO videos that WCW used to run, but much more cutting edge. Do this every week at different parts of TV. Have C.M. Punk talk about how he is the true champion and that the only way for there to be a legitimate champion again is to beat him. Have him call out Triple H with demands. Have him make threats to show up anytime, anywhere and with anyone to ruin WWE shows. Have him talk about all of the guys who have busted their ass and lived on the indy circuit that are better than half of the WWE roster. Guys like Colt Cabana and Chris Hero. Guys like Daniel Bryan, Claudio Castagnoli and Dean Ambrose just to name a few. Have him talk about how long the WWE has spit in the face of the independent wrestler who barely has 2 nickels to rub together, yet they keep going, hoping that one day they will get that call. I could go on and on and I’m sure Punk would be much more creative, but you get the idea. Do this week to week leading up to the PPV where a new champion will be crowned.

What I would do next might not seem too original, but what’s old can always become new again especially when it’s done right. The WWE almost had something and even did for a short time when they had the NXT guys “invade” the WWE to form the Nexxus. The storyline got stale and mismanaged, but it was almost an NWO moment for awhile. Anyway, at the end of the PPV while the champion is in the ring, presumably Cena, we hear the music. As Cena looks up at the ramp for Punk, he gets jumped by some guys from behind in black or masks or maybe neither and he gets the boots put to him. PG would have to go out the window on this night, because Cena would have to be left bloody in the middle of the ring. As this is done and Cena lies there, the music hits again and out comes Punk with none other than Paul Heyman. Punk gets on the mic and simply says “See? I told you I was a Heyman guy”, and walks back to end the PPV.

From here the possibilities would be endless and kept fresh each week by Punk and Heyman. They could reveal the men in black one by one and start what I would call, “The Indy Movement”. A few tweaks and twists aside that I haven’t thought of and this would be the makings of the next great era in wrestling where seemingly nothing can go wrong. Even the stupid comedic stuff and the “Divas” who don’t know how to wrestle would have their place. For the next few weeks however, there would be nothing but classic promos and destruction.

So there you have it. This how I would have and could have saved the wrestling business. I will close with some now famous words by C.M. Punk and that classic night on 6/27: “I’d like to think that maybe this company will be better after Vince McMahon is dead. But the fact is, it’s going to be taken over by his idiotic daughter and his dufus son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family”

Peace out y’all, comment if you dare!
Doug Dowdey
Have you ever applied for a job with WWE? You might consider since you seem to belive you have the answers to "save" McMahon's company. It was well written but we have seen that angle before and Punk was the "peoples" Champion and they wanted him around.... Nice try!
  • June 25, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Thanks for commenting Doug. I welcome any and all comments positive or negative and this was a little of both so for my first blog I'll take it. I should be writing for the WWE because I would almost single handedly rescue the WWE from its doldrums. While I agree that my idea isn't completely origin...
  • June 25, 2012
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Doug Dowdey
Josh I was trying to be nice!!! I knew someone would be a little more direct than me. But let me give you a word of advice Jacob since I think you would be open to it. Write your blogs with more of a what do you think tone rather than "here is what they need to do" tone. You will get much more favor...
  • June 25, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
I was being nice too. I learned a long time ago that super coating things doesnt work. The blog was good up until the arrogance. I only swore once LOL. Usually i can be much worse. LOL. I was being honest and giving a fair critique to his blog. Take out the arrogance and assumptions, it's a subject ...
  • June 25, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Honestly guys I don't mind anything either one of you had or have to say. I was being over the top arrogant to prove a point. Isn't this what wrestling is all about? Positive or negative its the reaction that you're after. Without any reaction at all there's no wrestling. That being said, both of yo...
  • June 25, 2012
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Jose Gonzalez
I just can't believe it's almost been a year since that went down. But you're right, the company dropped the ball on this one big time.
  • June 25, 2012
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Sam Sager II
First of all it's really arrogant to say if we disagree we know nothing about the bussiness as I have been watching for 20 years and I disagree completely with you. I was with you agreeing that he should have been kept off camera for a while, but the fact that you want wwe to have him mention indepe...
  • June 27, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
This is yet another case of not reading through things completely and trying to understand what was written before commenting. Maybe if you would have read some of the other comments and my responses to them that would have made things easier for you. All I am saying is that the WWE needs to take a ...
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
Punk did that to break kayfabe and make be audience believe the storyline once they were hooked punks role had been secured. And while mason Ryan sucks and even though I dont agree but in your opinion Jackson sucks they do have one very special quality that the independent guys don't. Now please say...
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
Also even the guys in development you want them brought out right away and given creative control and given a high profile storyline putting other talent down. I'm sorry even michaels Austin and Cena didn't get that treatment they need to prove the belong there and can work wwe which is different th...
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
Two words for the Michaels comparison - THE KLIQ
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
Ed but when the kliq came out and embraced each other they were punished and had to work there way back
  • June 27, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Thank you Josh. I do get what you mean and what Sam is ultimately trying to say, but I think this guy is way off base and is trying to give me a lesson on the wrestling business and that just isn't going to happen. I do know a little bit. And another question? What was C.M. Punk's name before coming...
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
That was a very rare exception as is Cena and Orton
  • June 27, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Sam I can say that I agree with in many aspects of what you are saying. But I can also say that it seems like you are trying to belittle me and act more intelligent on this subject and its not making any sense. Do you not remember the NXT / Nexxus angle? Where did those guys come from? Those were In...
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
I deleted my first comment Jacob. Just by the fact of how you answered and responded shows me you have some class about you. Unlike some people on this site. So keep the blogs coming along. I will not stand for bullying by anyone. There is more than enough ways to get your point across without havin...
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
They were in development for years and yet only one Daniel Bryan is a big star out of the whole angle so yea that worked didn't it
  • June 27, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
I appreciate that Josh. You didn't have to delete it. I really didn't mind, but I do appreciate it and thanks for the gesture. I am working on another blog soon and hopefully I will get it done and posted today. Stay tuned and thanks again!!
  • June 27, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
That was kind of my point Sam, thank you. I was simply saying it could've been done similarly, but better. Again, we don't have to argue. You're just missing what I'm saying a little bit I think. It's all good though. I dig the discussion.
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
I know that Sam. The Kliq ( outside of Michaels ) were held back. Basically just HHH cause SHawn was leaving and basically was untouchable at the time. But Shawn did have the closest thing to creative control than anyone ever had since Hogan. He only fought his buddies and wouldn't put over anyone b...
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
Sorry for the lateness of this comment LOL. i know I didnt have to, but it is not too often someone takes criticism as well as you did. It actually surprised me because most people on here just keep on going without a care about other peoples opinions. Besides it was very in your face and not respe...
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
No way Kevin Nash had full creative control in wcw and even booked himself to end the streak of Goldberg
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
Kevin never had creative control. Bischoff himself said so. Look it up. That is a rumor that Nash and Hall had creative control in their contracts. They didn't, Hogan was the only one. He may have been booker but my point was that only Hogan had it written in his contract. And Nash was just a booker...
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
All Nash and Hall got was a Favoured Nations clause in their contract and above Sting money ( over 750,000 $$$$$ ). No creative control.
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
Really that why three separate biographies have stated how Nash was given creative control and booked himself over a lot and that horrible booking is one of the things that cuased the company to fail. Bischoff stated in his book which is a great read that the finger poke of doom was nashes idea and ...
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
Maybe not contract wise but if he's booking matches he bassically did have it
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
Dude listen, I have read Bischoffs book. The Goldberg and Nash match occurred in 1998 in which Eric Bischoff was not on hiatus. That occurred in early 1999 after the Mankind WWF World Title victory announcement which occurred on January 4th 1999. He went on hiatus after so he was still running the ...
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
SOrry not that long after. My bad!!! And Bischoff was commentating the night of the finger poke of doom so Bischoff wasn't off camera.
  • June 27, 2012
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nathan orange
Damn Josh people questioning your wrestling knowledge all day long today. LOL! Your nicer then me I would have snapped already I do believe.
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
I know eh?LOL And I will be one of the first to admit when I am wrong because I do not know everything. But c'mon.
  • June 27, 2012
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Sam Sager II
Hey I admit Nash dust have a legitamit creative control and they said giving it to hogan was the dumbest move they could've made but regardless he did have more power than you think he did
  • June 27, 2012
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FTJ ( Josh Grant )
Alright dude, last time, having the bosses ear is the same thing you are talking about. You are arguing with me about something we are agreeing to. WTF? It's the same thing as having the influence with the right people, Eric Bischoff. I know he got a little more power once Eric was on his hiatus, b...
  • June 27, 2012
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
I love it guys. This only fuels me to keep up the blogging. This is great and I appreciate everyone's comments, but Sam I must say that you are commenting without seemingly reading or understanding what people are saying completely. Either way now I want to go back and read these books because you g...
  • June 27, 2012
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