Never a dull moment with WWE.
With ratings dipping for its signature show “Monday Night Raw,” WWE decided to highlight a ratings winner on Monday, Oct. 8 from the Power Balance Pavilion (formerly ARCO Arena), home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
Not John Cena or Joe Maloof, nor Rock or Stone Cold.
Time for Vincent Kennedy McMahon to step up, and in an election year, what better time for WWE’s CEO/Chairman to give his State of the WWE.
Didn’t take long for his new top bad boy CM Punk to get involved and get noticed.
Punk vs. McMahon in the main event on Raw.
Mr. McMahon will do anything he asks his associates to do.
Jerry the King Lawler is 62 and did wrestle occasionally on Raw, until a heart attack put him on hold, causing the question how old is too old in pro wrestling
So Mr. McMahon, 67, battled Punk. Kendo sticks, McMahon dive over announce table, Paul Heyman knocked out, title belt tease, John Cena cameo.
If that wasn’t enough, Punk ran into the crowd to avoid a beatdown from WWE’s latest creation, the intensely powerful Ryback, who saved his boss. The crowd loved it, with the hard camera shaking -- not from an earthquake but fans’ eruption.
Soon after another eruption occurred.
Security was slow, which is usually not the case in WWE, and a fan decided to hit Punk from behind.
Punk retaliated but allegedly hit the wrong person.
Don’t you love Facebook and Twitter. The fan who punked Punk and then hid decided to brag on Twitter what he did.
That fan should be reprimanded. It will deter fans from doing the same at a WWE show.
Fans pay their money, but that doesn’t entitle them to take liberties on talent or others.
Same in any sport.
There’s protocol, and sometimes fans cross the line.
Look how Kansas City Chiefs’ fans cheered when their own quarterback Matt Cassel was injured (concussion) during Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
How about when a San Francisco Giants fan was attacked viciously outside Dodger Stadium.
What about the fan who threw something at NBA player Ron Artest.
Atlanta Braves fans tossing bottles on the field after an infield fly call.
Hockey intolerance, and in soccer, referees are abused; a Mexican player even killed.
Fans on fans, fans on officials and fans on athletes.
Laws are in the United States to protect fans, officials and athletes, and they need to be enforced; in some instances even made tougher.
WWE needs to be careful, too. The company knows.
And now you know why WWE could not be ECW. Recall when WWE resurrected ECW (WWE’s version), it didn’t resemble the original ECW, because if WWE actually emulated ECW, half the things done in ECW would have resulted in lawsuits by WWE fans and arena staff. Different fans. Different money.
If WWE wanted to draw attention and ratings away from its Monday night opposition including Monday Night Football, American Chopper and MLB Division Series, mission accomplished, but at what cost. The company didn’t have Punk lodge himself into the crowd for this kind of attention.
Fortunately for Punk and WWE, the fan Punk hit did not press charges.
WWE issued a statement: “During last night’s Raw televised event, WWE Superstar CM Punk exited the ring into the stands as part of the show. WWE security was unfortunately not in the appropriate place at the time. Given CM Punk’s persona as a ‘bad guy,’ fans were naturally heckling him, but unfortunately a few fans began shoving him and one struck in him in the kidney and on the back. WWE regrets that proper security measures were not in place, and CM Punk apologizes for reacting in the heat of the moment. Other than this isolated incident, WWE always provides proper security to ensure the safety of our fans and our performers.”