Re: "You are the WHC and that makes you second at best"
Kayfabe, Punk said it because he's being a dick. I think the real reason it sticks out to us (or makes some folks uncomfortable) is because we all know its true. Breaks my heart to see the big gold belt as the lackey title...but there it is.
Because he's the hero WWE deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we'll job him, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's an air-guitarist. A nasally ginger. The One Man Band.