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Chair Shots: Thoughts on Punk/fan incident, WWE Main Event and more

I guess I remiss not bringing up the incident involving WWE Champion CM Punk shoving a fan when Punk retreated to the stands after the main event of Monday's Raw. Honestly, I didn't see it happen when it occurred live, although I did read about it later.

I'm not sure what else really needs to be said about it that hasn't, but here goes. Punk screwed up, WWE screwed up more by not putting security around him, and the fans who did try to grab and punch Punk that instigated the whole thing are a bunch of jerks. It's unfortunate that the guy who Punk shoved actually wasn't doing anything, but some moron behind him was trying to get his jollies.

The fan who was shoved has decided not to press charges against WWE and Punk, but rumors are he'll file some sort of lawsuit. Welcome to America. I don't know how big of a fan this guy is, but WWE could probably make the incident right by offering him an all-expense paid trip to WrestleMania or something. After all, the guy was shoved and broke a pair of sunglasses, it's not like he was punched in the face and had to be sent to the hospital.

WWE should really rethinking having their talent run into the audience, however, after this incident. Honestly, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Wrestlers go into the stands at least once a month, it seems. Why security didn't follow Punk into the stands is beyond me, as this is usually a standard practice.

Punk definitely overreacted to the situation, but that's easy to say when you're not in his boots. His account of the incident was posted on earlier this week.

The person who struck Punk that caused his reaction (or at least someone claiming to be) took to Twitter and bragged about getting in Punk's head. What a loser.

My guess is WWE will try to just let this die down and quietly offer the struck fan something in return for not filing a lawsuit. It's doubtful Punk will face any repercussions outside of maybe a fine. He won't be suspended, just because WWE can't afford to be without him right now. ...

The second episode of WWE Main Event aired on Ion Television last night. I didn't watch it. Not because I didn't want to. Because my cable provider, Verizon FiOS doesn't carry the network. I watched a couple of highlights from the show online, just as I did last week. (And I'm highly considering replacing Netflix with Hulu Plus so I can watch it.) All the reviews I've read have been largely positive, although there were some complaints about the slow pace of the Big Show-Randy Orton main event.

Still, WWE has done a good job with the show so far. The marquee matches have delivered the past two weeks. They've been using video packages to build up each of the Superstars before their match. And this week, they actually set-up next week's top match, an Intercontinental Championship bout between the Miz and Kofi Kingston. And it wouldn't shock me if Kingston wins the title (even if Miz reclaims it at the PPV in a few weeks).

While Sheamus-Punk on the debut episode and Big Show-Randy Orton last week were both marquee match ups, if you missed them, it's not like they were essential to follow along WWE's story arcs. WWE Main Event seems more designed for the wrestling fan who just wants to see a 15-minute match featuring marquee names. Having the Intercontinental Championship change hands might cause fans to tune in more frequently if they thing something big like a title change might happen.

It's going to be hard, however, for WWE to put a marquee match on Ion each week without hurting the overall product on Raw, Smackdown and PPV, so I don't expect these really high-profile matches to last. However, I do expect something a little better than what WWE Superstars has been giving us. In other words, we might not get a CM Punk vs. Sheamus-caliber match every week, but don't expect Jinder Mahal vs. Brodus Clay in the main event either. A better expectation for Main Event would be a main eventer versus a mid-carder. So, for example, CM Punk vs. R-Truth or Alberto Del Rio vs. Brodus Clay, could be potential headline acts for Main Event by the end of the year and into early 2013. ...

So apparently all subtle hints being dropped by Punk seemingly teasing a match with Stone Cold Steve Austin is just to sell more copies of the WWE '13 video game, which features Punk on the main cover, Austin on the special edition cover and features characters and story modes from the "Attitude Era." I just assumed it was being done to get people talking, as Austin has been pretty clear he's not returning to the ring any time soon.

If Austin were to return for one last match, and honestly, I think it's just a pipe dream at this point, I'd have to think it'd be when WrestleMania eventually comes to Dallas. That could be WrestleMania 30 in 2014. The more WrestleManias that go by without Austin compete, however, the less likely it is I think we ever see him come back.

On the other hand, a new hot rumor is that all of Punk's "respect" talk is going to lead to a match with the Undertaker. I'd certainly welcome that. Rumors leaked earlier this year that WWE was hoping to have Undertaker return at Survivor Series. I think many suspected 'Taker to either be completely retired or not wrestle again until 'Mania when he puts his Streak on the line, but a Survivor Series match with Punk makes a lot of sense, especially if Hell in a Cell is going to be a blow-off match with Cena. (I personally believe it will be.) WWE likes to close it's shows on a positive note, so assuming Punk finds a way to retain against Cena, I could see him celebrating only for Undertaker to return.

The Punk-Taker match could also be used to set up what I think is an inevitable clash between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. As both Punk and Lesnar are "Paul Heyman guys," having Lesnar interfere, costing 'Taker one last chance to be WWE Champion and helping Punk retain the title makes a lot of sense.