Just a quick little commentary bit before I begin: You know, for a wrestling organization that claims freedom of expression, their actions certainly say otherwise: CM Punk signs being confiscated, Punk chants being purposely drowned out, and fans being blamed for disappointing returns. I could tell you at least four things that are wrong with this, but I'll save it for another fanpost. On with the Index.
Sometimes, we need a reminder that it's not all doom and gloom in the wrestling world. Take for an instance a little thing that happened in the town of Easton, Pennsylvania last Saturday. Granted, most of us wouldn't be able to find Easton on a map without a little help (it's about 55 miles north of Philadelphia), but in that little town, a bunch of people got together and held a wrestling event for charity. While that's cool, what happened at the end got anyone who followed the independent circuit talking: Chikara, a Northeastern-based wrestling promotion thought to be dead after the events of last summer, resurrected itself in grand fashion. Seriously, even if you don't watch or never heard of the promotion, the final moments of National Pro Wrestling Day 2014 is pretty awesome. Now if we can only get the WWE to inject a little bit of fun into their product right now.
Once again it's time to measure the confidence of you, the WWE fan and consumer. You know, the fan and consumer that invests time and money into their product. The fan and consumer that has many more options with their hours and dollars. It doesn't matter if you're a mark, smark, or cynical son-of-a-bitch, I want to hear from you. How are you feeling as a fan and consumer right now? But before you answer, here are some of the events of the past few days.
Saturday, January 25
- Could CM Punk be coming to the UFC? Not likely, but Dana White seems open to it.
Thursday, January 30
- People left and right began to chime in their thoughts on CM Punk walking away from WWE, including Jim Ross and Punk's Brazilian ju-jistu trainer Rener Gracie.
- Total Divas is back for season two, and Summer Rae is joining the cast.
- A lot of people will be at NXT LIVE! On February 27.
- Ryback does his thing on Twitter, then Curtis Axel ruins it.
- Even though there's a feeling COO Triple H doesn't want CM Punk back on their lawn, Vince McMahon is apparently trying to get CM Punk back on their lawn.
Friday, January 31
- Did I mention everyone was chiming in on the Punk walkout? Add Stone Cold Steve Austin, a guy that also walked out on WWE.
- WWE is beginning its passive-aggressive response to CM Punk leaving them. Step one: remove him from Wrestlemania Axxess.
- The Primetime Players are no more.
- Dolph Ziggler's shooting, brother. Sorry, WWE plays by the "if it didn't happen on Monday, it doesn't count" rule.
Saturday, February 1
- What's better than Ryback on Twitter? Ryback on Youtube.
- Don't expect a lot of in-ring Sting if and when he gets to WWE.
Sunday, February 2
- An internet message board from 2003 surfaced on Wrestlemania XXX predictions. As it turned out, there may have been a few Nostradamuses in there.
- Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter were in a Super Bowl commercial. That happened.
- John Cena got poked in the eye and was kept out of RAW Monday.
Monday, February 3
- Following RAW, Mick Foley chimed in on the Punk situation. He, like Austin, believes that cooler heads will prevail. And a lot of money.
- Speaking of which, WWE continues to play the passive-aggressive card, not mentioning him once on their programming and removing him from ads and the WWE app's main page. His roster page still exists. For now.
- Without Punk, highlights were few and far between: Punk chants quickly dying out with WWE jerking with the crowd mic (and people may or may not have been kicked out), Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan nearly go a half hour (Bryan won, but was laid out by Kane post-match), Emma debuts, The Shield and the Wyatt Family deliver both wins and awesome promos, Batista and Alberto Del Rio were there. Oh, and Naomi loses her eye too. As does Roman Reigns. Fun and games, this is not.
Tuesday, February 4 *WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!*
- You can now add former Green Ranger Jason David Frank and Bellator to the list of people interested in CM Punk, MMA fighter.
- Brock Lesnar, no longer MMA fighter. Stop making Brock Lesnar, MMA fighter happen.
- Daniel Bryan and Antonio Cesaro tore the house down again. And D-Bry still ended up flat on his ass.
- Randy Orton beat Christian. What else is new?
- Shield and Wyatts win are still promo battling. I demand a battle rap.
- Stacy Keibler: WWE Hall of Famer?
- Less people watched RAW this week.
Let's hear from you: where is your confidence as a WWE fan and consumer right now? Whatever criteria you use is up to you. Polls open until 1pm ET Friday, at which point I'll post the followup. Best five comments get in.