Before I share something that happened at the RAW house show in White Plains, NY this weekend, I wanted to go on record and say that as a parent we take the happiness of our children very seriously and go to great lengths to be heroes or heroines to them. My colleague Dave did just that by not only taking his two young sons to meet Brodus Clay at Roosevelt Field mall and then driving from Long Island to White Plains for a RAW house show. Dave and his wife got second row seats to this event not for themselves, but for the enjoyment of their kids. What transpired next not only saddened his two children but lost CM Punk some fans. While I am sure these heelish tactics are part of the show, the outcome was not something that I can honestly condone. – Rich
The following account is from Dave who attended the house show on 9/22/12 in White Plains, NY:
I attended last night's RAW Live Event in White Plains, NY with my wife and two sons, ages 11 and 9. We had terrific second row seats. Overall, the event was excellent, with some exciting matches, including Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Tensai and The Miz, Zack Ryder vs. Antonio Cesaro, and a surprisingly very good match between Layla and Eve with Aksana as the guest referee. My family is, or should I say were, big CM Punk fans until last night. We even purchased an autographed picture of him and my wife was sporting his “Best in the World” T-shirt. My son has all of his props, as well. To say the least, we were most looking forward to CM Punk's match against Big Show.
So, when Punk came out for his match against Big Show, I yelled out for him to throw his shirt my way so that I could hopefully catch it for my kids. He did, I caught it and gave him a thumbs up, thanking him. He then began to yell at me to give it to a different fan. “Give it to the girl, give it to the girl”, he yelled to me. I shouted back that I was going to give it to my son, which I did. What then shocked me was that Punk just couldn't let it go. He continued to yell at my 9 year old son as he held onto the shirt after I passed to him. This caused another fan to rip it out of my son's hands and then give it to someone else! Way to go Punk! Your antics pushed another fan into snatching the tee shirt right out of my son's hand, turning a potential really great once-in-a-lifetime experience into a bad one. If there happened to be someone he really wanted to throw his shirt to, you would think he would personally hand it to them instead of throwing it into a crowd and then acting like a big baby because he didn't throw it far enough. I understand it's just a shirt, but if Punk just left it alone, he would have made a 9 year old boy happy instead of sad. Try explaining to your child why CM Punk doesn’t want you to have his shirt.
By the way, I have tweeted both CM Punk and WWE about the incident but have yet to receive any replies.
Also, when Punk entered the ring, he snubbed a fan who handed him a program to autograph. He took it from her, pretended he was going to sign it, then simply dropped it on the floor and sneered…really Punk, you're going to alienate even more of your fans, including little kids who still look up to you… WOW!
I lost respect for Brock Lesnar for snubbing some young children at a signing years ago, and even though I respect his accomplishments and accolades I can never cheer for him after that moment. If I had been in Dave’s shoes I would probably have been in handcuffs or worse because when it comes to kids, being a heel is inconsequential. – Rich
We posted an update to this story which can be read here