By Jack Brady
News broke overnight that CM Punk has at this point of time walked away from all WWE duties. Pulled from every upcoming house show and tour it seems that Punk, real name Phil Brooks, has indeed left the WWE. Reports suggest that Punk told Vince McMahon that he was “going home” after arriving at Monday Night Raw earlier this week.
While we’ve seen the whole Punk vs. the Authority storyline previously with him [kayfabe] quitting, this seems to be a whole different ball game. Clearly the final straw came on the weekend when, after a four year absence, Batista won the 2014 Royal Rumble Match.
Punk is one of the biggest stars in wrestling today and he knows that. Punk should undoubtedly factor into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania XXX, yet the dirt sheets are telling us that Punk is instead in line to face Triple H– a man still trying to keep a stranglehold on his glory days.
Here we have a Championship match that is pitting two former allies up against one another – Batista, an almost 50 year-old, out-of-touch wrestler against the champion, Randy Orton. Sadly for wrestlers like Punk and the incredibly over Daniel Bryan – old school sentiment trumps today’s stars come this time of the year.
You only have to look at the rumoured matches at Wrestlemania and alleged upcoming returns to know that this sentiment towards wrestlers of decades past is severely affecting the future of the company. Alongside Batista, Brock Lesnar, Rob Van Dam and Triple H trying to remain relevant, there are rumours rife that Hulk Hogan and Sting will be with the company in the coming weeks and that Ryback may be slated to face the Ultimate Warrior – a man who hasn’t laced up the boots since 2008 – at Wrestlemania XXX.
In today’s age of wrestling we should be seeing wrestler’s like Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow and Kofi Kingston soar to new heights. Not even established tag teams the Real Americans and The Usos can escape the old school sentiment at the moment given that the 40 year-old New Age Outlaws won their first Tag Team Titles in 15 years on the weekend.
So, can we really blame CM Punk for leaving?
Not at all.
Hopefully this serves as a wakeup call for the WWE.