Punk, WWE at odds?
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 12:26 a.m.
On Thursday morning, WWE champion CM Punk served as grand marshal for the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago.
On Sunday, he will be appearing on “Talking Dead” on AMC to discuss its show, “Walking Dead.”
Whereas the WWE often sets up media appearances for its stars, Punk set up both appearances on his own. Now the WWE and Punk are upset with each other.
The WWE is furious that Punk went over its head to reel in his two appearances because it likes to control when and where each star goes.
It is said that Punk went out on his own because he felt that the WWE would have given both spots to other “company friendly” stars.
It is truly amazing that Punk has been the WWE champion for more than a year when you consider that he is about as “anti-establishment”as any WWE star of the last 20 years.
Punk's view the last few months on TV has been that he is disrespected. The funny thing is it isn't just part of the storyline. He legitimately feels that way. A prime example is that Punk's likeness hasn't appeared on any WrestleMania 29 material released thus far.
Does he have a point?
The WWE is champion is always featured on advertising for Mania.
Always, that is, until this year.
It was fitting that Punk wore a “Paul Heyman guy” shirt on Raw on Monday because Heyman is truly the poster child of “anti-establishment.”
Possibly the greatest wrestling mind in professional wrestling since he debuted with the NWA in the late1980s, Heyman has never been a “yes man.”
Punk is anything but a “yes man,” but maybe if the WWE had more of them, storylines wouldn't be so stale.
Update on Undertaker
The word from behind the scenes is that the Undertaker is open to taking part in a marquee match at WrestleMania 29. There is no word if he will take part in the Royal Rumble. Check back next week for an update.
Details on three new WWE talents
The three wrestlers who attacked Ryback at the Survivor Series and on Raw were Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.
All three have been appearing on the WWE's online show titled “NXT” that features the stars of the WWE's developmental system in Florida.
Rhodes injury update
Cody Rhodes received both good and bad news on his injury that was mentioned here last week.
He has a Grade 2 torn trapezius, a grade 1 torn deltoid, and a separated shoulder. Fortunately, he will not need surgery.
This week's column is dedicated to the memory of Kathleen McCullough.
While I never had the chance to meet Mrs. McCullough, I have had the pleasure to coach two of her grandsons, Aaron and Tyler. I could not ask for players any more hard working or respectful.
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