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The WWE NXT taping taking place right now in Winter Park, Florida is becoming a bit of a headache for WWE. For those who don't know, Full Sail Live is a really small, intimate (and truth be told, awesome) venue to see wrestling in. Well, that usually means that sound carries and you can see and hear everything in the venue. Well, we've gotten word that there have been a ton of CM Punk chants, which the company has to be thrilled with.
We have also gotten reports from our old pal JP that CM Punk signs are being confiscated by security at the taping and that at one point, they counted down to the opening of a TV episode asking fans to chant "NXT" and well, there was a sizeable Punk chant from some of the fans instead.
If the Punk situation doesn't get sorted out, the NXT stuff really makes me wonder what's going to happen when WWE runs Raw in Chicago on 3/3.
Meanwhile, our friends at www.ringsidecollectibles.com released the first images of their exclusive CM Punk action figure, showcasing Punk when he was in WWE's version of ECW. Boy, after this week, that sure seems like a lifetime ago. You will be able to pre-order it at their website soon. For all we know, it could be the last original Punk figure released. Here is the pic: