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Join Date: Nov 2009
Re: Punk & Heyman mocking King's heart attack
I know this is already a crazy polarizing topic already, but I'm really on the fence about this.
On one hand, I think it's almost funny how appalled plenty of smarks on the board are about how "tasteless" the WWE could be. If you've been a fan for more than a few years, then you've seen worse stuff than this (like the exploitation of Eddie's death in the Batista/Rey feud, Vince ridiculing JR's Bell's Palsy, the long list of offensive Attitude Era material).Yet, you're still watching Raw, so the bottom line is, how bad can it be if you don't stop watching for good?
How many smarks who hated the segment and changed the channel this week won't tune back in next week?
Honestly, I think almost everyone who "hated" the segment will be back next week...that's the way it goes. It's in the IWC's nature to bitch about things, but keep watching on the slim hope that next week's episode won't suck.
Also, there's the logical conclusion that Lawler had to have approved pushing his near-death experience into the angle -- because he seems like the type of person who would protest rather loudly about the incident being exploited if he hadn't approved it. In fact, I'm guessing Lawler approval is what gave everyone involved, especially Punk, some comfort with doing the angle. I know plenty of people think Punk can be a moody jerk, but I don't think he'd go along with it unless Jerry gave them the OK.
Now, on the other hand, I would have preferred for the WWE not to have gone there with this segment mainly on the "too soon" and "leave it be" basis.
Fans watching the night of the incident basically thought they'd just watched Lawler die f'n live and plenty of fans were (expectantly) openly distraught about it. For the WWE to integrate the incident into the angle, it's as if they're mocking fans who actually went through some emotional trauma watching the incident unfold. Not to mention for fans who have had to unfortunately endure a the loss of a relative of friend from a heart attack, getting through the segment while knowing the severity of what happened to Lawler might have been too much to take.
Wrestling fans can be cynical, but some fans actually want some situations like this one with King to be sacred and above being pushed as a storyline; that's why people are upset.
Still, I'm really curious as to why Vince would even take it this far . It was such a blatantly non-PG segment, maybe all the jokes about Vince not giving a f**k anymore due to Linda's senate loss again is true. I have to say, I don't normally give a damn about ratings, but I'm sure a bunch of parents and traumatized marks probably changed the channel once it was clear how morbid Punk was getting.
Objectively, the biggest problem with the segment was that Punk and Heyman were heeling it up to the nth degree, but Punk was still getting cheers against Cena during the main event. I know he likes being a heel, and he is better as a heel, but it's getting ridiculous how hard it is for him to just be straight up hated by the audience now.
And it's even worse when he's in the ring with Cena because he has the inverse problem of always getting booed no matter how much he panders. With a better crowd, that segment could have been even more epic, but instead it was just good instead of great...still kinda wished it hadn't happened though. Having Punk yell at Foley should have been enough heat for the segment.