Friday, May 2, 2014

The Polling Place: KENTA, Extreme Rules, CM Punk

Where will he go?
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Welcome back to the Polling Place, where I seek your temperature on three varying topics within professional wrestling. Kicking off this week is KENTA, a wrestler who has gotten a lot of casual eyes at least glancing towards Pro Wrestling NOAH. He handed in his resignation to the company, which has lit the fuse on a powder keg of rumors and speculation. Many believe he's a lock to head to WWE. Others think he may sign exclusively with New Japan, while still others think he's testing the waters as a freelancer and will still check back in with NOAH from time to time. Obviously though, his free agency has created enough interest to warrant a predictive question as to where he will end up.

Second, Extreme Rules is Sunday, and as far as post-Mania cards go, it looks at the very least to be above average. However, for as promising as some of these matches look, the downsides for all of them look abysmal. For example, The Shield is batting nearly 1.000 in trios matches, but will Evolution be able to hold their end of the bargain up? Daniel Bryan/Kane has story and the best wrestler in the world, but Kane is hit or miss, and the fact that the title match seems bound for the midcard feels troubling. John Cena/Bray Wyatt has been escalated artificially. Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro has Rob van Dam added to the match. Still, if everything fires on all cylinders, it could be a great show. Where are you in anticipation of it?

Finally, three months have elapsed since CM Punk walked out on WWE. While the chants for him have died down, he still seems to be a hot button for discussion around the news sources and on social media. His fiancee AJ Lee's departure from the company has added even more fuel to the fires of speculation of a situation which people still barely know a thing about. The question remains, do you think Punk will come back?