CM Punk made his triumphant return to WWE following the WarGames match at the Survivor Series Premium Live Event – something that reignited the passion in many dormant fans after so many years. He followed it up with an appearance on RAW this week but didn’t set the world on fire. Now WWE has drawn the ire of many for mishandling Punk’s RAW return.
A lot of things happened during this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW, as new storylines were being built up. CM Punk also closed out the show with his first WWE promo in almost 10 years, where he spoke his mind about several things.
However, WWE didn’t really build up to his promo match barring a graphic. While speaking on the Legion of RAW podcast, former WWE writer Vince Russo talke about The Second City Saint’s first promo on RAW in almost a decade.
Russo called out WWE for mishandling Punk’s return, adding that the ecompany should have had Superstars share their feelings on Punk in separate interviews throughout hte show.
“What I would have done, you’ve got a guy coming back to WWE after a 10-year hiatus. You gotta go to everybody in the back and let them shoot with how they really feel. That’s what you gotta do throughout the entire show, not a stupid graphic. Literally, if I’m writing or producing the show, we’re gonna come around and ask you what you think about CM Punk being here, and you are 100% gonna shoot about it. That’s what I’m doing. I would have done that throughout the entire show. I really felt that was a missed opportunity.”
“Think about Randy Orton, bro. As a shoot, a year and a half , Randy Orton returns, gets the big win at the Survivor Series, but then he’s upstaged. CM Punk comes out after that big win. Bro, that’s got to be part of the story. Somebody’s gotta say, ‘Bro, nothing’s changed about you man. You picked your spot.’ I thought Orton should’ve said it. She [Rhea] said it, but Orton was the one that should’ve said it, but that’s what I mean, bro, they miss such important elements that can really, really, really go somewhere.”
CM Punk’s conduct backsage after this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW raised questions about his future. ‘PG Punk’ also trended after Punk’s promo on the show. It remains to be seen what WWE has planned for The Second City Saint. Unfortunately, his first appearance on RAW in almost 10 years didn’t exactly go the way fans expected whatsoever.
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