Chair Shots: CM Punk can save Raw in Chicago, WrestleMania XXX

One of CM Punk's many nicknames during his WWE career was the Second City Savior, back when he was doing his Straight Edge Society gimmick. That moniker may never hold more true than if The Best in the World were to return to Raw this Monday night in his hometown of Chicago.

For those unaware, Punk allegedly walked out of the company the night after the Royal Rumble, rumored to be because of creative differences headed into WrestleMania, where he was booked to face Triple H in a culmination of a storyline with the Authority that began right after Survivor Series. If the rumors are to be believed, Punk quit because he didn't think it was right Batista was able to come back and take a top spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania, and presumably because his contract was set to expire in July and he wasn't planning to re-sign with the company, that he would be jobbed to the King of Kings at the Show of Shows.

Now, it appears that Triple H will be facing Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania -- a match that should've really been on the books ever since the Game gave him a Pedigree at SummerSlam -- and there doesn't seem to be a spot on the card for Punk even if he did return. Or is there ...?

Punk's main gripe, it would seem, is that he wanted to main event WrestleMania one time before he retired. And considering the current disaster of a main event, which basically features two heels in Randy Orton and Batista facing each other for the championship, Punk would be a welcome addition that could not only save Monday's Raw but also the WrestleMania main event.

Fans are already starting to rally the troops to hijack Monday's episode using social media. A Twitter account called @ChicagoRAWcrowd launched earlier this week urging the already vociferous Chicago crowd to let their opinions be heard and already has more than 4,000 followers as of noon Friday. The hashtag #hijackRaw is gaining momentum and will likely trend on Monday before and during the broadcast.

No amount of Daniel Bryan, the Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and The Shield vs. The Wyatts part II will save WWE from hearing the CM Punk chants over and over again.

So, they have two choices: Embrace the chants and use them to get the Authority heel heat. Or bring back CM Punk.

The second solution may be easier said than done. For all we know, Vince McMahon has offered Phil Brooks, the man behind the CM Punk character, the world on a silver platter. A main event spot at WrestleMania. Another WWE Championship win. A bigger pay day. More time off after the big event. Some semblance of creative control. And Brooks still might've said, "no." In that case, is the WWE really to blame? Of course not, but don't expect that to stop the fans from chanting what they want, especially when Batista and Orton, the personification of poor creative, in their opinions, make their way to the ring.

But make no mistake. Vince McMahon has heard the boos for his WrestleMania main event. And, for whatever reason, last week on Raw, during the promo between Orton and Batista, when the fans in Green Bay started chanting for CM Punk, no one tried to interupt them or cut them off. The two performers let it play out. Apparently, during Batista's promo on Smackdown taped Tuesday, another huge Punk chant broke out, according to the spoiler reports. WWE has the opportunity to edit those out. It'll be interesting to watch tonight and see if they do.

If they don't, consider that the writing on the wall: CM Punk will be back on Monday.

Back to save the show from being destroyed by the live crowd (or perhaps using their enthusiasm to enhance the story throughout the night until Punk makes a return during the overrun). Back to save the WrestleMania main event between Orton and Batista from fans turning their backs to it, or worse, walking out of the stadium.

The Second City Savior will have never been a more appropriate epithet that it could be if Punk shows up on Raw Monday night in Chicago.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun