There have been some rumblings recently that CM Punk has been unhappy with the creative direction his character has been given on WWE television of late. The initial build to his match with Undertaker at WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, was highly underwhelming and only turned the corner when Paul Bearer passed away and the urn was brought back to symbolize him.
To that end, a few of you fine folks here in the comments at Cageside have pointed out that it seems "The Straight Edge Superstar" just isn't into the subject matter. Perhaps he's a bit uncomfortable with it, or it doesn't inspire him, or he's just terribly burned out, but his work lately has been lacking the same fire he was breathing throughout much of 2011 and 2012, respectively.
To try to answer the question of how comfortable Punk is with using Bearer in his program against Undertaker, Matt Fowler got a great, short but sweet response in a recent interview asking about his more controversial work:
"I'm the bad guy, they're supposed to hate me. I don't think there is a line, and if there is it's my job to jump over it."
That goes right back to the old adage in pro wrestling that if you're upset or outraged at what you're seeing on screen, well, that's the point, and the performer who cast his line has successfully reeled you in.
Or at least that's the thought process on that side of the coin.
The other side, of course, is that there are different levels of "heat" and the idea is to make fans mad at you enough that they want to pay to see you get beat by the conquering hero. If you're just making them mad enough to want to change the channel, that's not doing you're job. Quite the opposite, actually.
But it's a fine line to walk and I'd rather it be in the hands of a performer like Punk who isn't afraid to take risks than one who would hold back.
Agree or disagree?