CM Punk walked out on the WWE. Speculation is rampant as to just why a man who had the WWE Universe eating out of the palm of his hand left the company. Even more intriguing is that CM Punk took off before Wrestlemania. Punk was rumored to want out of professional wrestling for quite some time but at the moment, things just seem... meaningful. What am I getting at? Well, let's look at the most obvious and appreciate Punk for what most likely just happened.
CM Punk's lifelong goal has been to main event the "grandaddy of them all". Instead of anyone on the main roster having a chance at the WWE Title getting the chance, WWE brought in an actor with a movie set to hit the big screen. The only problem is this actor wasn't transcendent. This actor didn't carry the company in its glory years. This actor didn't even have such a notable career when he was one of the bigger names on the marquee. Instead of the WWE running with the insanely over full-timers on the roster and giving a title shot to someone who has earned his bid, they once again rolled out the red carpet to the top of the company for a man who, in some professional sense, pissed on the company and left for greener pastures. Speaking of greener pastures...
There sure seems to be an awful lot of push going on for individuals with connections to Trips. Say what you want about Vince McMahon's stubborness but at least he acknowledged that he was the promoter who ran the show. He had his own personal politics but you played them to him and he gave guys shots. Triple H has put straps on the New Age Outlaws at the expense of a quality tag team in the Rhodes brothers. Triple H brings back Batista to feud with Randy Orton (A man who should have exhausted most of his goodwill within the company via their drug policy) at the top of the WWE. Quite possibly the only reason the midcard titles aren't hanging on someone with a Triple H connection is because he doesn't have enough friends knocking around to come back and take it. No, rather than keep main roster talent engaged, well written, and in front of the live audience, the WWE (under Trips) has opted to pray that part-timers, forgotten old acts, and detached nostalgia will keep the company viable. Somehow, guys like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk need to find a way to stay relevant while keeping their distance from any truly meaningful storylines.
Instead of CM Punk even having the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream, he gets to watch a man who has not cared one iota for the WWE in four years get a title shot while he, Daniel Bryan, and everyone else working 300+ days a year, are forced to play bitplayers. Up until now, WWE fans have been powerless to effect any change no matter how hard they chant or show their open disdain. Now, however, the WWE has to justify Batista at the expense of Punk. The WWE just lost one of its top draws over the risk that a part timer no one really cares about is going to be a big enough game changer in the title scene to make the WWE a better product. CM Punk's leaving is his shot across the bow of the WWE.
Ultimately, CM Punk is a martyr for a cause fans should be rallying around. Rather than allocating right or wrong for reasons of appeasing the court of popular opinion (Which isn't even a court worth investing faith in) let us look at the possible reasons, the known frustration and actions of punk, and appreciate Punk's actions. The fans are forced to go without him, but the fans may quite possibly get wrestling back. Fans might get to see the core roster actually get rewarded for risking their bodies night in and night out. Thank you, CM Punk, for knowing when to call bullshit on the WWE.