Friday, July 22, 2011

CM Punk invades Comic Con & WWE's change of direction

As his Twitter bio states, CM Punk is an unemployeed WWE Champion. With his relaxed work schedule comes the opportunity to take more trips. CM Punk did just that when he traveled from his home in Chicago to San Diego for the annual Comic Con expo.

For those who don't know about Comic Con, it started years ago as an event for nerds, but it's become a pretty big mainstream deal over the last few years due to the popularity in Hollywood of superhero movies and whatnot. Comic books, movies, and toys are big events at Comic Con. Something that may be surprising to some is that WWE action figures are actually pretty big among collectors.

Each year, WWE sends representatives to Comic Con to talk about the latest toy lines. This year, Triple H and Rey Mysterio were having a Q&A discussion about the newest line. CM Punk decided to stop in and ask a few questions.

What's interesting about the CM Punk storyline is how WWE is allowing this to play out in nontraditional means. The storyline of Punk winning the WWE Championship and leaving the company is not being mentioned on television. For good reason; if this were a "shoot" aka real, would you really mention that your champion left the company? This angle is getting over mostly on Twitter and things like this; YouTube videos of this incident are springing up everywhere.

CM Punk's exit from WWE has seemingly launched a new era in the company. Continuing the recent trend of WWE "work-shoots," the company had Triple H, Vince McMahon's son-in-law come out and announce that the company's Board of Directors had a meeting and have dismissed Vince from the company. In reality, Triple H has gone from full-time wrestler to an admistrative position with the company to scout talent and will eventually take control of the WWE with his wife, Stephanie McMahon. In the storyline, Triple H has been given control of the WWE due to Vince's recent bad business decisions.

I'm excited about this new era for WWE. A lot of people were seemingly dissatisfied with the conclusion to last week's Monday Night Raw, whereas I thought it was refreshing and something different. My Twitter friend Tim (@TimExiled) felt the same way, as he posted a blog that pretty much sums up how I feel about the WWE right now. Click the link and take a look -

In the YouTube video embedded above, Punk asks a couple questions. One is directed at Rey Mysterio, asking Rey how he can wrestle for the WWE Championship when he holds the title. According to Vince McMahon, the WWE Championship has been vacated and Rey Mysterio and The Miz will battle for the championship this Monday night.

It will be interesting to see where they go with that. Miz and Mysterio will battle for the title, in a match made by McMahon. But, Triple H is in charge now. Will that match still go on? Will he try to reach out to Punk on Raw? In the video, he tells Punk to get in touch with him if he'd like to do business. Punk responds that Triple H's wife, Stephanie, has his phone number.

Punk also brings up one of the most-asked questions on the Internet of late - when will Zack Ryder be featured on television? Ryder is a cult favorite of wrestling fans over the last few months due to his series of YouTube videos. Titled "Z!True Long Island Story," the 3-7 minute videos are a collection of skits featuring Ryder and WWE announcer Scott Stanford, Zack's dad, Zack's friend "The Big-O," and a random assortment of other WWE superstars.

Ryder's character plays off his New Jersey heritage, hence his penchant for saying "Bro" and his love of hair gel ("Take care, spike your hair!"). He's goofy and has fun, and it's resonated through to wrestling fans. He's a young guy, just a year older than me. He's a wrestling fan and you can tell he enjoys himself in the videos. WWE has taken notice lately and given him some cameos on Raw and mentioned the videos on air.

The latest episode is embedded below. Look for the fun cameo from WWE Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund. To see more (which I'd highly recommend doing), check out -

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