Last night, CM Punk accomplished something rare in professional wrestling. He made wrestling fans question what they were seeing and hearing. And we were excited.
For a lot of fans, the lines between “real” and “not real” were blurred, just a bit.
Nowadays, it isn’t often that wrestling fans can forget that results and stories are ‘pre-determined.’ It’s hard for us to get excited about a storyline we can easily predict every week. Between ‘dirt sheets,’ Twitter and not being a little kid anymore, it’s nearly impossible for most ‘real fans’ to be swept up by storylines and feuds, especially when the creative writing quality isn’t always the best.
What made wrestling fans appreciate Punk’s promo is that we believed it.
As ‘real’ wrestling fans, we like to whine and cry and blog about how a guy like CM Punk gets the short end of the stick every time. How John Cena is pushed as the face of the company and built up to be the best, when we know better. CM Punk is one of the best wrestlers in the world, but WWE doesn’t care about wrestling.
It’s how we feel and then we heard the man utter those same things back to us.
Now, we’re invested.
Naturally, we want to know what’s going to happen next. So, next Monday, we’ll all be watching Raw to see what does happen. And if all goes well, we’ll all tune in again the following week. And then we’ll buy the PPV to see what happens there.
Well, that’s if CM Punk is still employed by then, of course.
In a perfect world, the wrestling business would be just that. We’d always want to tune in again the following week. We’d all be at the edge of our seats, waiting to see what might happen next. We’d be completely captivated.
The truth is though, wrestling isn’t always like that. More often then not, it isn’t. Not every storyline is going to be great; not every wrestler is going to be believable. But it’d be nice to be this engaged and this excited about wrestling more often.
Now, forgetting all that for a moment…
Do we really believe Vince McMahon let CM Punk trash his company, his family and his character for seven minutes on live television?
Doesn’t seem too likely. But we believed it, didn’t we? Even if just for a short while. That helps makes for a good story too.
And I always have enjoyed a good story. I guess that’s why I enjoy wrestling as much as I do.
It’s nice to be reminded of that.