Lutz's Blog: C.M. Punk's promo on Jerry Lawler didn't offend me, but that doesn't make me right


prowrestling.net
MEMBERSHIP INFO | LOG-IN | CONTACT US | SUBMIT NEWS | ABOUT US
Insider News • Live TV & PPV Coverage • Hitlists • Results • Blogs

HOME | WWE NEWS | TNA NEWS | MMA NEWS | ALL NEWS | TV & PPV | ARENA REPORTS | VIEWPOINTS | PRODUCT REVIEWS | AWARDS



Dot Net App
GOT AN IPHONE, IPAD, IPOD TOUCH, SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB, OR ANDROID PHONE?

THEN BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEW FREE APP
(or SEARCH "pro wrestling" in App Store or Android Marketplace)

Dot Net Podcast
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO DOT NET FREE PODCAST IN ITUNES OR CLICK HERE FOR LISTING OF LATEST SHOWS

Blogs


Lutz's Blog: C.M. Punk's promo on Jerry Lawler didn't offend me, but that doesn't make me right
Nov 18, 2012 - 12:00 PM


By Jeffrey Lutz

The presidential campaigns concluded almost two weeks ago, but I still found myself checking the polls this week.

I wasn't monitoring Mitt Romney's progress, or lack thereof, among Latino voters or noting Barack Obama's surge in support from females, though. I was taking notice of two wrestling-related questions on which voters might have contradicted themselves without even realizing it.

One asked whether Linda McMahon's Senate defeat signaled the imminent return of Attitude Era programming to WWE. The other wondered whether I was offended by CM Punk's heart-attack-related promo on Jerry Lawler on the most recent edition of Raw. It was interesting that these conversations were happening at the same time, and it's completely plausible that someone would answer "Yes" to the first question and "Yes" to the second without taking into account that those identical answers essentially depict opposing views.

Guessing that WWE goes back to more risque and controversial storylines doesn't mean viewers are clamoring for them, but the release of the WWE '13 video game and the early promotion for the Attitude Era DVD has many fans feeling a bit nostalgic. 

Punk may have accelerated that nostalgia with a promo was a callback to what most consider WWE's golden age. However, the "Internet fans" that are most vocal about their dissatisfaction with the current toned-down product might be the same ones who were so turned off by Punk - a television character - making light of a life-and-death situation. I understand their displeasure, but I don't share it.

It's difficult to be of the opinion that Punk's words weren't offensive because it feels like it invalidates the feelings of those who might have a real reason, such as a loss of a loved one due to heart disease, to be angered by it. The raw emotion this angle summoned within people makes me believe some people on both sides had their minds made up before Punk said a word.

I, like some others, laughed when Punk's music hit at the end of the real-life moment Lawler had upon his return. Many probably wanted to share in that moment a little bit longer without the inevitability that WWE would exploit it in some way. Maybe these people groaned when Punk's music started, knowing what was to come. Maybe it was as bad as they thought it was going to be, but maybe not.

My opinion of Punk as a performer probably clouds my view. During his promo I found myself saying, "He may be the best of all-time," and feeling a shred of sadness with Punk's declaration that he will retire sooner than later in the back of my mind. When Punk started talking, I started hanging on every word. The fake Paul Heyman heart attack made me roll my eyes, but I was all in again once Punk said, "My God, Paul, you almost gave me a heart attack."

The love of Punk in the Internet community made me surprised that so many were dissatisfied. But it's possible that the level of knowledge on Phil Brooks caused the uproar. I don't think anyone thought that it was a shoot, but it probably didn't take much effort from Brooks to put the promo together. The same person that would hit a fan in the crowd, even in perceived self-defense, probably can easily come up with words, while channeling his inner-villain, to demean a heart attack victim. It's admirable and concerning at the same time.

Varying opinions were shared even among wrestlers. Steve Austin surprisingly hated it while Chris Jericho loved it. Two seemingly equally knowledgeable former wrestlers couldn't agree so we shouldn't have to, either. There is no trump card to be played by either side. Jerry Lawler being OK with it doesn't mean anyone else has to be. It's a matter of personal preference and taste with perhaps a little prejudice mixed in. I loved the promo and maybe you hated it, and that's probably exactly what WWE wanted. 

Jeff Lutz has written for the Wichita Eagle newspaper in Kansas for over a decade and debuted with Prowrestling.net on November 4, 2012. He can be reached via email at jeffdlutz@hotmail.com.

RECOMMEND THIS ARTICLE:


READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CONTENT, MEMBER MESSAGE BOARD ACCESS, START YOUR OWN BLOG, AND VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING: SIGN ME UP (or MORE INFO)



RELATED ARTICLES FROM MGID AFFILIATE SITES...
Blogs • Latest Five Articles
Lutz's Blog: Razor Ramon's WWE Hall of Fame induction is nice, but Scott Hall's would have been better
Retro Raw Blog – March 1993 Raw - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
3/30 Gutt Reactions Blog: Scooby Doo's greatest mystery, translating Sheamus, and why Brock screams a lot
3/27 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indy wrestling
3/23 Gutt Reactions Blog: Nuclear power, Daniel Bryan filling a complaint with WWE human resources, and how to create the biggest heel in wrestling
3/21 Dot Net One Shots: The Dot Net staff give their quick thoughts from the previous week in WWE, TNA, MMA and indy wrestling



MEMBERSHIP INFO
Become a Dot Net Member right now for $7.50 a month or $66 a year ($5.50 a month avg.). Get exclusive audio, first-look insider news, Forum access, member blogs, more...

CLICK FOR SIGN-UP INFO


The Current Must-Read List
• Powell's WrestleMania 3 review: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship, Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship, Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis
• Pruett's Blog Flashback: The Undertaker's Streak Series Part Three - The American Bad Ass Years & The Deadman's Return - WrestleMania XVII - WrestleMania XX
04/02 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Artist Rob Schamberger on his WrestleMania Axxess project, his background, and more
• Powell's WWE DVD Review: "Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE"
04/01 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on the Dot Net Weekly audio show
• 4/1 Kester's WWE Main Event Live Coverage Review: Sheamus vs. The Miz and Nikki Bella vs. Tamina
• Powell's WWE Raw Hit List: Daniel Bryan attacks Triple H, Brock Lesnar finally gets the better of Undertaker, John Cena in a sheep mask, Kane vs. Roman Reigns, final hype for WrestleMania 30
• Pruett's Blog Flashback: Undertaker's Streak Series Part Two - Coincidence Preserves The Streak - WrestleMania XII - WrestleMania XV
• Powell's WrestleMania 2 review: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy in a cage match for the WWF Championship, Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T in a boxing match
• WWE News: Chris Jericho says the time isn't right for his WWE return
ACCESS PREVIOUS MUST-READ ARTICLES

Vote In Our Latest Poll

WrestleMania 30 Poll: Who ends the night as Divas Champion?
AJ Lee
Naomi
Cameron
Brie Bella
Nikki Bella
Natalya
Eva Marie
Emma
Aksana
Alicia Fox
Summer Rae
Rosa Mendes
Layla
Tamina
  
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

Dot Net Free Podcasts
04/02 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Artist Rob Schamberger on his WrestleMania Axxess project, his background, and more
04/01 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on the Dot Net Weekly audio show
03/31 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell and Chris Shore take your phone calls on WWE Network launch day
CLICK FOR FULL LISTING OF ALL PODCASTS

Latest from Our Affiliate Site

_pwtorch.com_
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PWTORCH HEADLINES

© 2008-2012 LAST ROW MEDIA LLC • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -- PRIVACY POLICY