Wow. That was my reaction after sitting there speechless after watching this thing. I can't believe they felt the need to stoop that low to get Punk heat and it didn't even work. Those fans were not impressed. At all. In the past they've used legends to get Punk heat and it worked. He would interrupt Rock, Bret Hart, Foley, Lawler, whoever, and the fans would boo him. It was a smart use of legends to get your top heel over. But I don't know what the fuck this was.
The video promo first of all was just...
. I can't believe that they were even filming during that thing. What if he had actually died? What if Jerry Lawler had actually fucking died while they were filming back there? What do you do with that tape? Jesus Christ does this company have no fucking shame? Then they go and create a hype video complete with choking noise sound effects and defibrillators to boot. So tasteless but fair enough, I thought they were going to have King come out and have a moment for himself for still being alive and basically cheating death. And he did. Then Punk came out and I literally rolled my eyes because I knew where this was going. I didn't, however, know that they would take it that far.
I have no doubt in my mind that Lawler gave it the OK. Hell, he let Cole use his mother for cheap heat. Some might say that if Lawler was fine with it then everybody else should be fine with it. Maybe they should. That isn't my issue though. My issue is that the whole thing was just something that I don't particularly want to see or find entertaining. It wasn't tongue in cheek like the ambulance comments during the Maddox match. Those are lighthearted yet black humor comments that you can chuckle at. This? I don't know what this was and I felt it was completely unnecessary as a way to get Punk heat. I don't think he needed it and the fans in the arena clearly weren't buying into it either. I don't blame Punk or Heyman. They both played their roles well, if you can even say that. I just found it all unnecessary and in horribly bad taste. It would be different if it was all just an angle but I don't think masses of people are going to find something like that, the mocking of an event that happened live on the air and shook a lot of people up, particularly funny. If this is people's idea of edgy then some of you need to wake the fuck up. Was Katie Vick edgy? Yeah, didn't think so.