Many CM Punk fans woke up Sunday morning to news they had been hoping to hear for weeks.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reported that CM Punk is expected to return to Monday Night RAW this coming Monday night. CM Punk has been absent from WWE TV since he was eliminated by Kane from the Royal Rumble on January 26th.
People have wondered since the day he left whether or not Punk’s leaving was a work or if it was real. Tomorrow night’s RAW was going to determine for many WWE fans whether or not the Second City Saint would return anytime soon.
This is because the March 3rd edition of Monday Night RAW is in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. There is no superstar in the WWE that has more affiliation with a city than CM Punk has with Chicago. He returned at the WWE Payback Pay per View back in June, which is in the Windy City. He won his first ever WWE title in Chicago back in 2012. CM Punk is a hero to the WWE Universe in Chicago, and if he is going to return Chicago is the place to do it.
So let’s say the reports are true and he is going to return on RAW. What does this mean for the company going forward?
More star power
Let’s face it; the WWE was hurting without the Straight Edge Superstar. As popular as Daniel Bryan has been, many of the shows have been lacking. This is also contributed to the disappointing return of Batista, which has just been pitiful so far. The Wyatts and the Shield have been fantastic, but they are not big enough names (yet) to draw any fan that does not follow wrestling on a weekly basis.
There’s always John Cena, but he is more for the kids. Many fans are getting tired of him anyway. Bryan has been working Punk’s anti-authority angle and every city has certainly backed him. There’s no reason D-Bry could not continue it and make it entertaining, but there is no one better at being anti-authority than CM Punk.
People call Punk our generation’s Stone Cold Steve Austin for a reason. Plus, we get to watch CM Punk deliver promos like this:
A more tamed Chicago crowd
Chicago is genuinely known for having some of the craziest crowds in the WWE. Before the news of Punk’s potential return was announced, the city actually made a Twitter account for Monday’s RAW.
They started a #hijackRAW hash tag, in hopes of completely taking over changing the Authority’s mind on numerous things. Trust me, this city is extremely passionate about wrestling and they will show it until they get what they want.
With Punk returning, this will really help control this crowd. Chicago fans will hear about Punk’s potential return, there is no doubt about that. Until Punk steps out from backstage, there will be heavy “CM Punk” chants throughout the night. And if Punk does come out, the place will explode.
That will bode very helpful for the WWE officials, because this way, they won’t have to worry about chants completely taking over every aspect of the show.
Change in Wrestlemania XXX plans
As of last week’s Monday Night RAW, it looked as if the upper card matches of Wrestlemania XXX would be:
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
I don’t think that Cena vs. Wyatt and Undertaker vs. Lesnar will be affected by Punk’s return, but I think the other two certainly will.
If Punk does come to the WWE, he is not coming back for a mid-card matchup. He wants the spotlight. The original plans for Punk (before he quit) were reportedly to take on Triple H at Wrestlemania, but now it looks like Daniel Bryan will be doing that.
The only way I can see Punk facing HHH at the Granddaddy of Them All would be if he comes out and says that Daniel Bryan should be in the title match, and that we wants a piece of Triple H. I would not be completely shocked to see that happen.
The other scenario is that Punk would get boosted right into the title match. I have no idea how the WWE would justify this, especially because the main reason the Second City Saint left was because a part-timer came back after four years to win the Royal Rumble. He was sick of the treatment he and Daniel Bryan were getting, so he left.
If Punk were to return after completely walking out on the company and go right into the title match, he would be a hypocrite.
I am really excited to see what WWE would do to their storylines if Punk returned. Nonetheless, tomorrow night’s RAW should be one to remember.