CM Punk punches fan on WWE Monday Night Raw

CM Punk punched a fan while he was in the crowd during Monday Night Raw on Oct. 8, 2012, in Sacramento, California. Here's all the news, updates, and fallout.

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Punched fan considering hiring attorney to sue WWE

Oh boy. It appeared this last chapter had been written on the book of CM Punk punching a fan during a live episode of Monday Night Raw but it appears we may have to reopen it.


No investigation coming in CM Punk incident at Raw

The latest -- and likely final -- update to the story of CM Punk punching a fan while he was in the stands during WWE Monday Night Raw in Sacramento, California, is that the Sheriff's Department will not be launching an investigation into the matter.

From Laura Cole, who has been outstanding reporting on the situation.

"Just got an update from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department about the alleged incident involving @CMPunk. ... The Sheriff's Department says at this point the fan does not want to proceed any further and there is no evidence that a crime occurred. ... The Sheriff's Department also says the video is not part of the investigation because there is no investigation."

And there you have it. The fan who got hit won't be going after anyone and Punk has now apologized for the entire incident.

I think we can officially close the book on this one, Cagesiders.


CM Punk comments on punching fan at WWE Raw

It's now been a full 24 hours since CM Punk entered the stands in Sacramento, California, during the Oct. 8, 2012, episode of WWE Monday Night Raw and got into an altercation with several fans, ultimately punching one of them multiple times.

We've broken down the video tape, heard from one of the guys who was there, printed the statement from WWE, and now it's time to hear straight from the man himself. released a story with comments from Punk:

"I think the whole situation sucks. It's an unfortunate and isolated incident. I was up in the stands, surrounded. Somebody said, ‘let's push him down the stairs.' I got hit in the ribs three times. I was getting shoved and I was getting punched...Then I started getting tagged in the back of the head. Unfortunately, I lashed out in the heat of the moment and I apologize. I'm really just glad nobody was hurt."

Well, according to reports, apparently the man he hit is dealing with knee pain but there hasn't been any update there nor has there been any word on whether or not police are going to launch an investigation.

At this point, it seems unlikely and now that Punk has come out and apologized himself, it's probably time for everyone to move on.


Photos: CM Punk punches fan - who is guilty?

"A picture is worth a thousand words", so we have a wealth of images for you to use to judge for yourselves what exactly transpired on WWE Monday Night Raw last night (Oct. 8) when CM Punk punched a fan in the crowd.


CM Punk's actions regrettable but understandable

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Fan brags on Twitter about kidney punching Punk

Look what I've found on Twitter: Dario Teyes, a reader of ours I'm afraid, brags about being the fan that caused CM Punk to lamp an innocent bystander. He admits to punching Punk in the kidneys and slapping his back hard, which set the balls in motion for this unfortunate turn of events.


Video: Austin Aries justifies CM Punk's actions(?)

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Poll: CM Punk vs. the fans. Who's to blame?

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Disrespected one time too many, CM Punk lashes out

WWE Champion CM Punk not only had problems with a trio of wrestlers tonight in John Cena, Ryback, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, but he also had an altercation with the fans as he headed through the crowd during Raw. Hear why Punk is justified in unleashing a little Chuck Liddell towards an overzealous fan.


New vid shows Punk was shoved and hit before punch

Well, this close up video of the situation when CM Punk ran up into the stands at Monday Night Raw in Sacramento, California, shows exactly why CM Punk reacted the way he did.

He was pushed twice and the fan he punched hit Punk in the back of the head just before Punk turned and swung on him. But was the fan intending to hit him?

Judge for yourself:

That seems like it's clear Punk is simply retaliating to getting hit multiple times.

But does that make it okay?

UPDATE: After a closer viewing with my Cageside colleague June M. Williams, it seems obvious the fan in the sunglasses did hit Punk but he was not intending to do so and instead was actually pushed into Punk by a man standing behind him.

If you look closely (and I'm sure you have), a man actually pushes his way up to Punk's back, directly behind the man with the sunglasses, and shoves Punk before flipping him off and then smacking him in the back of the head. Punk, mistakenly thinking it was the man in the sunglasses, retaliates on the wrong man.

To be clear, the title of this post is not meant to imply that the man in the sunglasses hit Punk, just that Punk was shoved twice and hit in the head before punching the fan. That is all. Sorry for any confusion.


Fan punched by CM Punk files police report

According to Laura Cole, a reporter with CBS 13 who was at Monday Night Raw last night (Oct. 8, 2012) in Sacramento, California, the fan punched by CM Punk in the crowd has filed a police report.

From her Twitter:

"Just talked to the fan that says he was hit by @cmpunk. He says he never hit Punk. ... This fan says his face is a little warm after he says @cmpunk hit him. He also says Punk broke his glasses. ... The fan is still filling out a report with law enforcement. ... Getting questions about whether the fan I talked to actually hit @cmpunk. All I can do is report what the fan told me."

Here is the picture she took of the fan who had his glasses broken:


There have been multiple reports from fans online, including a fan right here at Cageside Seats, that have said the fan struck Punk first and the WWE champion retaliated.

Stay tuned to this story stream for any further updates.


Video: CM Punk punches fan in crowd at Raw

Watch a video of CM Punk punching a fan while he was in the crowd during Monday Night Raw last night in Sacramento, California.

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