This Story is Preposterous
Monday’s RAW featured Triple H’s first night in charge as well as the surprise return of WWE title holder CM Punk.
According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there were actually six different scripts written for RAW – one of which would have resulted in Triple H laying out CM Punk with a pedigree.
Although the obvious scenario would be for WWE to capitalize on CM Punk’s recent popularity and push him to the moon, most of the scenarios presented for Monday’s RAW were not to get Punk over, but to emphasize Triple H’s new role as Vince McMahon’s successor.
Prior to WWE settling on what we saw unfold on Monday night, the original plan for CM Punk’s return was for him to get attacked and pedigreed by Triple H. Alberto Del Rio then would have come out, cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase against John Cena at SummerSlam.
While this would have certainly put Triple H over as a major heel and led to an eventual program with a babyface CM Punk cooler heads prevailed and the angle of Punk getting squashed on the night of his return was scrapped.
This sounds eerily familiar to what a lot of television shows do. When a big show like LOST is gearing up for a finale, they have multiple scripts for the one show. They’re all decoys. While I don’t doubt for one minute that at some point Triple H will take out the ol’ shovel and do what he does best, I don’t think it was ever going to happen on Raw. At this point, anything done to make Punk look bad is going to be detrimental.
He’s the hottest commodity in years, he’s making wrestling worth talking about again. When’s the last time Bill Simmons had a wrestler on his podcast? When’s the last time you had wrestling coverage (to an extent) on TMZ?
Punk also shouldn’t have come back so early, but it’s understandable why. Everyone is talking about him and they want a huge Summerslam main event. There is just so much more they could’ve done off screen, but that’s another story for another time.
But I digress, as Trips was never going to lay out Punk on Raw. It would go against everything Punk has talked about for the last month. And if he did allow it to happen, he’d be a total sellout and a pussy.