Despite hype, WWE doesn’t need Punk
By BLACKJACK BROWN July 9, 2011 12:58AM
Updated: July 9, 2011 6:58PM
WWE finally has an interesting angle and a wrestler who’s worth leaving ‘‘Raw’’ on for the entire two hours to see if he will appear.
But as has been the fortune of WWE of late, CM Punk will make his last appearance with the company next Sunday night at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The wrestling world has been clamoring for WWE to re-sign Punk, and many are predicting Punk will pull the upset and become WWE champion.
This is where Vince McMahon must wear two hats — one as the creative mastermind of WWE’s TV shows and the other as CEO of a billion-dollar company. Has Punk been riveting the last few weeks? Sure, he has. Could anyone put in the position Punk has been put in be just as successful? Probably. After all, it was just five weeks ago that R-Truth was being hailed by the Internet community as the one who should carry the torch. This week it’s Punk, and in fairness to McMahon, next week it will be someone else.
Money in the Bank will be a good show, ‘‘Raw’’ will get a great rating for Punk’s final appearance on the program, and without Punk, WWE will move along just fine. I doubt he’ll be a hot topic by August.
Around the ring
Word is that once Punk leaves, Zack Ryder will be coming in to be the mouthpiece for Nexus. . . . Injured Mason Ryan will be brought back as a bodyguard for The Miz or Alberto Del Rio. . . . There’s already a great deal of support for Arn Anderson getting into the WWE Hall of Fame next spring. . . . Mr. Anderson will defend the TNA world title against Sting on ‘‘Impact Wrestling’’ on Thursday night.