It's been a while since I've shared a crazy thought with you, but a recent incident involving CM Punk punching a fan has got the gears grinding once again.
We all know about the incident by now. Punk, the WWE champion and the company's top heel, entered the crowd at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California, at the close of Monday Night Raw a few days ago (Oct. 8, 2012) and ended up getting pushed and shoved to the point of retaliation.
He lashed out and struck a fan multiple times in the face.
The problem is he hit the wrong guy.
Indeed, a sneaky little douche nozzle managed to slap Punk in the head and slip away just as "The Straight Edge Superstar" was turning around to defend himself against the physicality.
So he ended up backhanding a man who was putting sunglasses on and just so happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But there is a way to turn this around to where that man was in the right place at the right time.
The current status of the situation is that it's mostly been laid to rest. WWE has released a statement, as has Punk himself, both expressing apologies for the incident. The fan, a man named Charles Schmidt, has elected not to press charges and the Sheriff's Departement in Sacramento has said it sees no reason to launch an investigation.
However, Schmidt is apparently now considering hiring a lawyer to file a lawsuit against WWE.
But there is a way to turn this around and avoid all that.
You lovely Cagesiders have all put your collective heads together and attempted to come up with a simple solution. The general consensus seems to be that this guy shouldn't be suing anyone for any money but WWE should be nice and hook him up with some tickets to a show, or something along those lines.
I have a better idea, but it's a crazy thought.
WWE should turn this into an angle.
What better way to give back to Schmidt than put him on TV, maybe even inside the ring? This time he can sign a release while promising not to go after the company with a lawsuit. Vince McMahon could bring him out to let him walk down the aisle and apologize to him once he gets to the ring.
Cue Cult of Personality.
CM Punk heels it up heavy on his way to the ring, mock wiping his eyes like he's crying and pointing and laughing at the fan. He gets to the ring and tells the fan he deserved to get hit, and maybe even gets in his face and acts like he's going to hit him again, all while McMahon stands there trying to get Punk to back off.
Cue My Time Is Now. Or Feed Me More.
John Cena or Ryback (or both, maybe) comes running down and after a brief struggle, they end up holding Punk in place while telling the fan to get his revenge by delivering a blow of his own. Once he does, Punk sells big for him before rolling out of the ring and bailing up the ramp.
Cena or Ryback, along with McMahon, then stand in the ring and hold up the fan's arms while he marks out more than he ever has in his entire life.
Punk gets to be the mega heel who gets his comeuppance, Cena or Ryback get to play the big time babyface, McMahon and WWE get the positive publicity back, and that fan goes home happy, dropping any thought of any lawsuit.
Or maybe this crazy thought is just that, crazy.
Cagesiders, tell me what you think.