A few days ago CM Punk complained on Twitter about WWE not promoting his outside appearances as the Official Grand Marshal of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago and AMC's 'The Talking Dead' hard enough:
"Yes, I will be on @AMCTalkingDead on Sunday. Shocking how WWE didn't promote it or get AMC the proper materials in time to announce it. ... I will also be the Grand Marshal in the Chicago turkey day parade. Also not announced or promoted by "my" company. Shocking. ... This is what happens when you go over everyone's head to hustle and acquire your own outside appearances. #DIY ... #disrespect ... Was promoted on Monday. Wasn't Sunday night when it was supposed to be. Ball dropped. S'okay. I'll pick it up and score like I always do."
Well, did he live up to his words and hit a home run in his hometown of Chicago, IL at their big Thanksgiving event?
Though he was very professional and personable in the interview with WGN America, I thought CM Punk did what he accused WWE of doing, dropping the ball, when he was lobbed a softball question about wrestling The Rock at the 2013 Royal Rumble:
"Uh, The Rock knows he's gonna get hurt and afterwards he's gonna go back to making movies and I'm gonna go back to what I do, which is hurting other people."
The rather humdrum answer wasn't helped by a female presenter in the background chuckling away at his trite promo, perhaps wondering whether he was for real. Offered a second bite at the cherry with the follow up query of whether there was any chance they'd get together for Thanksgiving and talk things out, Punk fumbled again with another pedestrian sound-byte:
"No, I don't think so. I'm going to stick to my friends and my family and I'm sure Rock is going to stick to whatever it is he does, whatever movie stars do, let him know I'm a wrestler."
I hope he has better one-liners in store for when The Rock returns to Monday Night Raw, otherwise he might just be eaten for breakfast in their inevitable onscreen verbal battle together.