I'm not entirely convinced CM Punk has a passion for wrestling as much as he does a passion for CM Punk wrestling. But I think that's up in the air. He knows his history and he seems to admire a lot of people who aren't around and sit in contempt of many who are, which I guess is unfortunate for him. Maybe fate just displaced him in the history of the world?
Shoot or work, shoot or work.... If the latter, as you say, best of all time. If the former, fuck CM Punk. You know, after our recording, my feelings on this but they've grown more intense the more I've been able to be free to ponder it in the last couple of hours. Increasingly I find myself absolutely despising it - as much a walk out on us as on the company. Whatever his motivations, to me that's unforgivable. I'm glad I didn't fork out a HUGE amount of money for a ticket to New Orleans in April for the express purpose of seeing him wrestle because boy does he have a funny way of living up to his hype. It's funny that for all the differences he sees in himself against guys like Cena, they've as much in common as he does with Trips - they're their own biggest marks for sure. Punk said he re-signed with WWE in 2011 because it was rightfully pointed out to him he couldn't change the world from his couch. Then what the fuck is his excuse this time, when the world actually IS showing some signs of changing? When his apparent selfless crusade would be at its most effective? Doesn't that single fact render his entire last two years with the company nothing more than an ego-trip disguised as something more?
The sad part is he genuinely has a cult of personality that seems to have the very fans he's screwing over with his crass behaviour actually defending, supporting and encouraging it. Not that he gives a shit about them. In fact, he gives as much a shit about them as he does his critics, which is a wonderful way of living life completely oblivious to the world. He is his own world and for all I care he can go rot in it. He'd probably block me on Twitter if I said that to him and he saw it, or tell me to fuck off in real life, if he'd care at all. That, I'm sure will fill him with a smug sense of self-satisfaction. It won't change the simple fact though: CM Punk doesn't give one iota of a shit about what anyone thinks about CM Punk other than CM Punk. In an industry like pro wrestling - that should be about the entertainment of the fans first and foremost - there is no room for that kind of attitude.
His legacy, if this is legit, will be, deservedly so, one of a man that walked out during the biggest time of the year despite being a centerpiece to the coming Wrestlemania, meaning any rhetoric employed in the past was a convincing lie designed to leverage himself against the company and against other members of the locker room by garnering easy and lazy sympathy with the audience. If this isn't the greatest work of all time, it'll only prove CM Punk's career to be just that instead.
Great column on such short notice Mav. Evenly tempered and sensible, which is far from how I'm feeling right now! Though I'm not sure the GoT reference really fit for me, I mark out so hard for the story I can't deny it made me smile. In this case, unfortunately I think Punk plays the role of both Lannister and Reyne.
As you rightfully pointed out though, this could be a massive work and the more feverish we all get about it - myself included - the stronger the voice in my head telling me it's just that gets. If it turns out it is? Well fucking done WWE.