Heyman talks Punk back in 2009

I thought in light of my last post relating to Punk and Paul Heyman that I would did up some of the past between the two. Here is an interesting article from 2009 when punk was world heavyweight champ by Heyman himself it talks about punk in the early stage of his WWE carrer in OVW and then ECW, leading to how he eventually got his break.



I want to publicly offer my most sincere compliments to World Wrestling Entertainment on the character development the audience is witnessing revolving around Smackdown’s world heavyweight champion CM Punk.

There are many reasons the proverbial glass ceiling in WWE is being shattered, at least for the moment, by the Straight Edge performer from Chicago, Illinois, but here’s one thing that can be stated as an “absolute”…

The CM Punk character is “in play”, and WWE is offering its audience the opportunity to come along for the ride and have an emotional investment in a genuinely interesting character.

When Punk first signed a WWE contract in 2005, he was thought of by the Internet fan base as a “can’t miss” prospect.

Punk was sent to the OVW Developmental System in Louisville, Kentucky to be groomed for the main roster. This was during the time I was assigned to write and produce the OVW Developmental television show.

Gabe Sapolsky, an assistant of mine from the original ECW who scripted Punk in Ring of Honor told me: “He will be a smash hit no matter how long it takes for them to realise it.”

Punk became the focal point of the OVW television show, and was the subject of the scouting reports I would send every other week to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, Talent Relations Exec John Laurinaitis, Stephanie McMahon-LeVesque and the entire writing team.

Yet, of the 30-plus talents called up to the main roster during my seven months developing characters in OVW, Punk was never drafted to Raw or Smackdown.

While I understand that everyone views talents differently, I was always shocked at the lack of any vision whatsoever for such a hard worker and intriguing storyteller like Punk.

His subtle heel mannerisms in OVW were that of a seasoned professional and when he was presented as a babyface, his ability to connect with the crowd could not be denied.

So when I had to build a roster for the resurrected ECW brand, Punk was my first draft choice from the developmental system. That was a no-brainer.

Punk has had his growing pains in WWE, some of which can and should be directly attributable to the fact he was painted to Vince as a “Heyman guy”.

I always hated it when wrestlers were labelled as someone’s project. Punk was a WWE project, for WWE to profit on and from.

His progression should not have been derailed because others lacked the belief in him that I had nor because I was willing to fight to creatively protect a character that obviously connected with the audience and the audience with him.

But a while after my departure from WWE, when the need for a youth movement was evident, the focus started swaying back towards this uniquely charismatic individual.

Much in the way Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy are the antitheses of Vince McMahon’s vision of a true WWE superstar, Punk doesn’t talk like anyone else, wrestle like anyone else or present himself like anyone else on WWE’s roster.

That’s why his character works. It stands out.

When Punk won the Money In The Bank match for the second straight WrestleMania, no one in WWE could see the direction in which the product was headed.

Undertaker needed some time off. Shawn Michaels decided to take a much-deserved rest. Then came the whammy. Jeff Hardy wanted to go home, at least for a while.

The panic button was pushed.

The creative mandate was obvious. The youth movement was in full swing.

Randy Orton was the centre of the WWE Universe. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase would be the ones to help him get his heat and the first line of defence when it came time for the babyfaces to shine like heroes.

Then there’s Chris Jericho. Despite banging on the “40 and over” club door, the presentation of Jericho makes him a new character and, since he has been injury-free his entire career, WWE could count on him.

But then there’s a lot of attempts to create new main event players, but nothing that’s catching on or taking hold.

The Colon Brothers are designed to appeal to the Latino audience, but the lack of emphasis on tag teams in WWE keeps them “luke warm” instead of “hot”, despite them being the unified champs.

MVP is now a babyface but there’s no reason yet for the audience to get behind him, besides that he might just be bedding one of the panellists from The View. Perhaps if WWE told the real life story of this reformed thug who spent almost a decade in US Federal Prison, only to rehabilitate himself and become a global superstar, fans would have a compelling reason to cheer on MVP for his riveting life story.

John Morrison is another character who has been presented as a babyface with nothing to entice the crowd to have a vested interest in his success. Morrison has everything it takes to become this generation’s Heartbreak Kid, but that ascent up the ladder will only commence when the audience is given a genuine reason to latch on to his rising star.

So with all eyes on Orton but HBK, Taker and Batista on the shelf and HHH needing time off too, the pushes of The Colons, Morrison and MVP needing time and TLC (Tender Loving Care from creative, not “Tables Ladders and Chairs”) and Kennedy and Umaga fired, WWE was reeling.

Add in the uncertain future of the popular Jeff Hardy, and what do you do?

WWE came up with a most interesting solution.

Put CM Punk in play.

When Jeff Hardy defeated the awesome Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland for the Smackdown version of the world title in a Ladder Match at Extreme Rules, the audience rejoiced

Then came the best moment in WWE since Orton punted Stephanie.

CM Punk came out, cashed in Money In The Bank and defeated Hardy for the championship.

He didn’t do it in heel fashion. He played by the rules.

All world champions must “defend themselves at all times” from the Sword of Damocles of the Money In The Bank winner cashing in that title contract.

The debate was on.

Was Punk a heel, making what could be at best described as an un-sportsmanlike decision by taking advantage of Hardy’s exhaustion, having just defeated The Rated R Superstar in such a gruelling battle?

Or was Punk a babyface, a ruthless man in a ruthless world, doing something no doubt The Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin would have done if given half the chance?

In the coming weeks, I am sure Punk will display personality traits of both hero and villain. Fan favorite and subtle rulebreaker. B abyface and heel.

His character, based on his real life discipline of abstaining from drugs and alcohol, can be presented as both a man of principles, and a champion who, with the exception of the drugs and alcohol he is above, will do anything to remain the World Heavyweight Title holder.

As Smackdown looks to hold onto its audience in the post-Jeff Hardy Fall Season 2009, the audience has a lot to be interested in.

What will Hardy’s send-off be like?

He surely has to be given time off. A man with two strikes in the Wellness Policy who speaks up publicly of his desire to go home for a while should not be pushed to stay on the road. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Where does Edge’s character go? Are there enough heroes to stand up in the face of adversity personified by heels Edge, Jericho, and Punk?

Is it time for the Vickie Guerrero-less Edge to become Smackdown’s Last Hope?

And what becomes of CM Punk?

Each week, as a new clue emerges for both sides of the heel v babyface debate, an uber-talented performer gets the chance to tease the audience, get them to care, make you wonder what’s next for a champion you absolutely know is “the character in play” on Smackdown.

When the audience knows the WWE Universe revolves around a pivotal superstar, it gives fans a reason to discuss the latest twists and turns with their friends, to watch the television shows and to purchase tickets to the live events as well as the monthly PPVs.

Every show featuring Punk becomes a “must-see” because his star is emerging, and you might just miss the event that kicks off the big push to WrestleMania season.

Or even just the next big clue as to where WWE is headed with his character and the world title picture.

With WWE sending out ill-advised press releases treating Donald Trump’s “purchase of Raw” as “real”, and a top tier that has unfortunately grown stale because of the lack of new matchups, World Wrestling Entertainment has found a reason for you to watch, care, and spend.

And that reason is CM Punk.

Thats right I’m a Paul Hayman guy!

CM Punk is a Paul Heyman guy. We got that from that epic promo of his.

Punk’s on his way to turning all out heel, he apparently has decided to recruit the one man that so many fans love to, well, love.  Paul Heyman, who is customarily seen at the side of Brock Lesnar, now looks to be in the corner of the WWE champion.  Is it a good fit?  No.

It’s a great fit.

On one side, you have one of the best promo men in the business today, the guy who has the ability to get a reaction, to tell a story, every time he opens his mouth.

And, on the other side, you have a guy who has been doing all that, and a lot more, for nearly 25 years.  Basically, Paul Heyman is the master.

Heyman was brought into WWE when the company bought ECW years ago but he has been responsible for many unique talents getting a shot in WWE who otherwise wouldn’t have.

Since there is already a built-in foundation between Punk and Heyman, it makes the story that much easier to tell. These are two men who hate the traditional WWE style and want it to change. Both men are on a quest for respect.

But CM Punk is no pupil, more of a peer, and as we all sit back and brace ourselves for what could possibly happen next week, we should remember to have fun with it.

Because you know they’re going to.

Punk was seen being driven by Paul Hayman leaving Raw after kicking Cena in the head and costing him his falls count anywhere match against Del Rio

If you ask me, there is a bit of funny business going down between these two. It’s already clear that Heyman is working with Brock Lesnar and Lesnar did have a little altercation with Cena earlier this year. Maybe I’m reading a little bit too much into this, but could Punk, Heyman and Lesnar all be working together? Could those three begin what is a brand new stable in the WWE?

Stables have been few and far in between as of late. The last stable I remember being decent also involved CM Punk and that was the Straight Edge Society. While they had a decent run, it is still nothing like the stables of the past like DX, Vince McMahon’s Corporation or even Evolution.

I am all for a stable in the WWE and it doesn’t get much bigger than Punk, Lesnar and Heyman. I mean it could happen, just look at Hayman tweet to CM Punk:

Pictures of CM Punk - Paul Hayman

Pictures of CM Punk – Paul Hayman

Here’s the Clip

Daffney (Punk’s Ex)… artwork with her and Del Rio?

These pictures of Daffeny and Del Rio and they are obviously not by the WWE.

However, there does seem to be rumblings around for these two I have no idea what its about I just find it strange. Personally I would live to see Daffney in the WWE.

Daffeny currently works in Shine Wrestling promotions as a live event host its main event on its debut was Sara Del Rey and Jazz. As much as I hope that Daffeny would be in the WWE and this is something to get my hopes up for its much more likely that someone got wrote Del Rio Vs. Jazz sparking this whole thing.

So did CM Punk really blade?

Basically I’m writing this in  relation to my previous post. I never thought that CM Punk would blade, not in the PG Era.

The match between Punk  and Lawler was set as a raw active match in a steel cage. With CM Punk delivering most of the offense to a prone Lawler. Punk seemed to hardly exert himself versus the aged veteran, at one point even taunting the King by singing. Suddenly, it happened. Lawler threw Punk into the side of the cage head first; Punk lifted his head and his face was covered in blood. The PG era seemed to momentarily suspend itself. Michael Cole and Josh Matthews made no mention of the incident, and referee Charles Robinson did not stop the match. Punk simply wiped his face with his wrist tape and continued the assault on Lawler. It was bizarre to see the WWE champion get color in a TV match against an opponent in his 60’s whose current role is that of a color commentator. It made many fans wonder whether Punk had truly hit his head, or whether he had bladed, an act that is absolutely prohibited in today’s WWE.

Here is the quote fromF4Wonline.com and that says:

“It was a move that we used to see every week but rarely see on WWE TV these days. WWE Champion CM Punk reportedly bladed on this week’s RAW in the steel cage match against Jerry Lawler. Punk appeared to gig his forehead before returning to the cage a second time and then appeared to hand the blade off to referee Charles Robinson.

According to F4WOnline, there appears to be no fallout backstage – meaning Punk has more power than imagined or he successfully argued that he did not blade and that it was a hardway cut. Blading is absolutely prohibited in WWE these days.”

Within 24 hours, the dirt sheets were all over the incident, certain that Punk had gigged his forehead. Punk himself did nothing to quell the rumors, Tweeting that he has “more power” than anyone could imagine, even posting a picture of the eight staples he received as a result of the injury. Articles regarding the incident were accompanied by video clips supposedly showing Punk cutting his forehead as Lawler is rushing him into the side of the cage again. Some claimed that CM Punk has achieved such power in backstage politics that he was able to get away with blading.
Here is the still of CM Punks “Blade”

CM Punk - blades

CM Punk – blades


However, I believe this to be completely false and of course the cut did come from the cage.

Why would he bother to use a blade against Lawler?
Why would he risk the fine in the match?
The timing is wrong.

I did find it supect that the refferee Charles Robinson was fined but that turned out to be a joke from CM Punk on Twitter and if he did get fined its likely because Robinson did not stop the match after Punk began to bleed so much. I did like to see the blood though 🙂

CM Punk In Australia (Footy TV Show)

CM Punk talks about id wrestling is real, showing the staples in his head that was recently kicking about on twitter after many believed he was bladeing. He also watches take-downs from the sport of Australian football. Cena is mentioned for his title shot at night of champions.