Posted: 10/11/2012 6:35:46 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by kaponofor3:
Yeah I saw it. Punk hauled off and hit the wrong dude. Luckily the guy said he isn't going to press charges, likely because (speculating) he is a fan and WWE probably bribed him with some inside access type stuff. LJ you know I got love for you with our respective UCLA backgrounds... but I doubt you would have tackled Punk. He is an old school guy and definitely I could see him swinging back (as evidenced by what happened here). No one is beating any wrestler's behind at a show, with all due respect.
Punk hit the right person (for all he knew).
The problem occurred because of Punk's aggression against people touching him and his belt which is perfectly normal for a wrestler who jumps the rail into a crowd.
@ :24 Punk pushes the kid to the left because the kid was touching him (as a fan who is enamored with him). The kid then turns on him and gives him a real shove at :27 from behind. This startles Punk as he almost went into the crowd on the right or down the stairs.
The kid who should have gotten decked was him.
@ :33 What appears to be the same kid, it happens again. Punk gets pushed forward and now he eyeballs the kid to let him know he's just gonna finish the skit and get the hell out of there.
@ :35 You can see the tall bald kid start moving forward trying to get some TV time. All he apparently is doing is putting on his sunglasses trying to look cool (fail).
Then at :38 seconds, the tall bald kid hits Punk in the back with his forearm.
Whether this was intentional we'll never know but it was likely unintentional. I think he was pushed because he was going through his 'trying to look cool' show, putting on his sunglasses and he abruptly hits Punk with his right arm, likely do to being pushed.
Punk then loses it and hits the right guy at that moment.
What's the cause of all this?
The first problem occurred when the WWE allowed a wrestler, especially one of Punk's stature who is now a heavily hated heel by some, to go into the crowd without security.
The second problem occurred when Punk starts shoving people away, a big no-no against drunken fans/wild-eyed teens/young adults.
Ultimately, the fool on the right should have just taken Punk's shove and smiled/cursed. He's on TV and he got into it with a heel. That's more than enough. He literally tried to push Punk down the stairs which would have gotten him arrested or worse if Punk suffered injuries.
The number one rule in sports for fan/player behavior for a player is NEVER GET INTO IT WITH A FAN. It is a no win situation. Verbal confrontations are pointless and physical confrontations will only end badly.
The Palace Brawl comparison is appropriate. This could have turned into a melee of epic proportions.
I don't think we'll see any wrestlers go into the crowd in the near future, especially since it occurred on McMahon's watch as he participated in the skit.