Best Wrestling Promo I’ve Seen In Years [VIDEO]
It's no secret that I am a big fan of professional wrestling. If you ask any of my friends who are also wrestling fans, they would tell you that WWE superstar CM Punk is one of my favorite wrestlers in the business today.
And last night, the way Punk ended Monday Night Raw on the USA Network was a perfect example for why I am a huge fan of his. What he did in this video from last night was something in the wrestling business that's called a "shoot promo," which means talking on the microphone from the heart and almost never rehearsed ahead of time.
Towards the beginning of the video, you'll hear Punk reference how he is "breaking down the Fourth Wall," which is a reference to breaking character and talking about behind the scenes business that is never aired out in public. He then goes on to bash WWE "the business," Vince McMahon and several high-brow employees in the company.
Two things stuck with me: the surprising references to former WWE employees Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, as well as the quick shout-out to Ring of Honor wrestler Colt Cabana. If you don't believe me when I say it's the best wrestling promo in a long time, just check it out for yourself.
There is currently a lot of controversy right now as to whether or not this promo was an actual "shoot promo" or not, but the WWE has taken quick action.
- Following the abrupt ending to the telecast, commentator Michael Cole announced the crowd in Las Vegas that CM Punk has been indefinitely suspended.
- The WWE has removed CM Punk's official Facebook Fan Page and taken him off the roster page on their official website.
The WWE posted the following on their website:
Raw’s abrupt conclusion Monday night was not due to technical difficulties. The decision to suddenly end the broadcast in that manner was made by WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, who gave this quote to WWE.com:
“CM Punk was suspended indefinitely for his unprofessional conduct as soon as Raw went off the air.”
The "angle" that was being played entering Monday's show was that CM Punk's contract with the WWE expired at midnight on July 17, the same night he is scheduled to face John Cena on pay-per-view for the WWE Title. Will Punk even make it to the "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view? I guess only time will tell.