The internet is a funny place. Last night on WWE’s flagship program Monday Night RAW, WWE star CM Punk performed a great worked shoot at the closing of the RAW broadcast. Complete with backstage name dropping(John Laurinaitis), mentioning other promotions(Ring of Honor, New Japan), and wrestlers in other promotions (including TNA Impact Wrestling’s Hulk Hogan).
The same internet dirt sheet brigade that for the past two years has bashed TNA and Vince Russo for using “insider” terms, mentioning other promotions, backstage name dropping where all a flutter in two different camps. The so called smarts and Ring of Honor marks believed CM Punk was actually shooting, and the WWE dirt sheet marks thought the WWE just invented sliced bread.
Don’t get me wrong CM Punk was perfect. He is and always has been one of the strongest technical and mic wrestlers. The fact that the dirt sheets are now singing the praises of the worked shoot is hilarious.
Personally I’ve never been a fan of using insider terms, the other aspects of the worked shoot are great. At one time we all believed this to be real and anytime you can make someone doubt what is real and what is script for a second is a great thing.
My only question though is WWE now considered bush league for mentioning other wrestlers and promotions, or is Vince Russo vindicated(as well as Eric Bischoff who has also championed this style of wrestling)? Of course we are talking internet dirt sheets here, what they post one day does not have to have any relation to the story posted tomorrow.