Jerry Lawler suffered a life threatening heart attack last month but that didn’t stop the real king of Memphis. Lawyer returned to the WWE ring last night much to the chagrin of CM Punk and his manager Paul Heyman. Punk and Heyman interrupted the return of the king by mocking his heart attack, eventually leading to Heyman faking a heart attack and CM Punk reviving his friend. Many fans took to the Internet in up roar accusing the WWE, Punk and Heyman went too far. I am here to tell you otherwise.
Jerry Lawler is a Memphis boy from the southern wrestling territories. The AWA was famous for character development and getting heat was just as important as a huge pop for the baby faces on the card. How can fans say they think they went too far? How can you (if you didn’t like what happened on Raw) accept this story advancement? It’s perfect! And Heyman and the WWE creative team even took a page out of The King’s old playbook. In the past Lawler has not only spit alcohol in the face of Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts during his rehabilitation but beat up and made fun of Andy Kaufman on live television just to continue a great storyline. With that said I have no insider WWE sources but one can assume Lawler was ok with the story development so you should be too.
The crowd was hot all night during Raw in Columbus this week. When CM Punk’s music hit, it didn’t change, in fact the next twenty minutes will end up on a WWE DVD someday. I watched this segment again this morning and still feel moved, captivated by Punk ‘reviving’ his manager Paul Heyman. While some feel upset and mad enough to take their views to Twitter, Facebook and probably Tout; but who touts unless they’re paid too? Did any one of them wonder if that’s exactly what Vince, the creative team, Paul Heyman and CM Punk wanted? A reaction, a reaction is so much better than no reaction at all, isn’t it? A reaction causes fans that love or hate CM Punk to tune in each week to hear and react with each “pipe bomb” uttered from Punk and his Creative Rabi. After all isn’t wrestling supposed to evoke emotion out of us?
Now that Linda McMahon is done losing the WWE’s money, Vince must want/need the huge boom effect again to regain the national attention and return to the spotlight. With all that in mind it’s still PG, that’s fine by me. Cussing and cleavage is overrated anyway. As long as us the audience, the guys and girls who buy the live tickets and t-shirts get great dramatic stories that continue over time mixed in with fifteen minutes of wrestling in between I dare you to find a flaw in that creative plan. All I can say right now is I cannot wait to hear what Punk will be saying to Dwayne come sometime next month.