Seminar on the WWE Summer of Punk

Hi Scott,

Just came across an interesting news blurb on 411:

The "Ignite Baltimore" speaking event will have a presentation on CM Punk's "Summer of Punk" WWE storyline from last year by Michael Special. Tickets are sold out, but people in the waiting list usually get in. You can find more details here (

Here's a synopsis: Despite a reputation for being "fake", the complex and politically charged world of professional wrestling routinely blurs the line between fiction and reality, sometimes with spectacular consequences. In June 2011 the talented but underutilized WWE wrestler CM Punk was weeks away from the expiration of his contract. Tired of his company's cartoonish presentation of wrestling, with a live microphone and nothing left to lose, Punk abandoned his script. He broke the fourth wall and spoke directly to the audience, castigating WWE's creative direction, its management and even wishing death upon its CEO. A panicked production room cut his feed. Punk was suspended.

The event ignited a firestorm of support from fans who endorsed Punk's "real life" vision of wrestling, leaving WWE with a catch-22 – stick to the "story" and alienate a large, vocal portion of their fan base or acknowledge the legitimacy of Punk's claims and spark a very real battle for the soul of the sport itself.

Interesting, although the whole thing was totally scripted and Punk had already verbally agreed to a new contract by the time they "cut off his mic".