How far can CM Punk go in WWE History

 

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It is now more than a year since CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio for the WWE title, and in that time frame, there may never have been a WWE champion who has been as critiqued, criticized, cheered, booed and misunderstood in some instances than the current titleholder.

As an ECW champion once, the world heavyweight champion three times and the WWE champion twice, Punk has cemented himself as one of the greatest champions in this company, but it is this current reign as champion which has really defined him as a top wrestler in the WWE.

From the time he dropped his famous “shoot interview” until now, we as fans have loved and hated him like no other wrestler, ever.

This includes John Cena, Hulk Hogan and any other wrestler who has grown tired on the WWE Universe as a champion and a longtime solution to title reigns when there have been other competent performers who could have carried the flagship.

CM Punk is a true enigma, a hero to some with his words and his style, a villain to others with his attitude and his appearance. He is the antithesis of Cena and The Rock and a small resemblance to the beginnings of Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Punk represents many great wrestlers all rolled into one.

Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and even Harley Race can all be seen in Phillip Jack Brooks. He transcends the decades and brings the show of past years to the fans. And when he’s “on” and performing like he does, there are few others who can sell a match like it is the greatest thing ever created.

Watch matches with Cena, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and R-Truth from 18 months ago, and you see a man who helped his opponents get over in the business. He is a true performer, who broke the stereotype that Vince McManhon created, insisting the world champion must be a “big hulking wrestler.”

His words stung, his demeanor was sullen and he has bitched and whined and complained and it all made sense because we all bought into his character. His legacy is cemented in the fact that he can command attention like Austin or Jericho or Michaels or any other WWE Superstar of the past.

And fans are either cheering him or booing him. There is no “in the middle” with him like Cena who is the Tim Tebow of his generation.

Punk is as much an important part of the new “era” of wrestling as Degeneration X, Mr. McMahon, Steve Austin and the “Montreal Screw Job” is to the business. That has to do with the growth of Punk’s character and the direction this company is moving. While writers are still in “PG” mode, the degree to which writers are “pushing the envelope” means we will see Punk push the edge as well.

This can only help cement his legacy even more, which is a good thing for the WWE.

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WWE ‘Not Impressed’ With Champion CM Punk

On Thursday morning, WWE champion CM Punk served as grand marshal for the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago.
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On Sunday, he will be appearing on “Talking Dead” on AMC to discuss its show, “Walking Dead.”
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Whereas the WWE often sets up media appearances for its stars, Punk set up both appearances on his own. Now the WWE and Punk are upset with each other.

The WWE is furious that Punk went over its head to reel in his two appearances because it likes to control when and where each star goes.

It is said that Punk went out on his own because he felt that the WWE would have given both spots to other “company friendly” stars.

It is truly amazing that Punk has been the WWE champion for more than a year when you consider that he is about as “anti-establishment”as any WWE star of the last 20 years.

Punk’s view the last few months on TV has been that he is disrespected. The funny thing is it isn’t just part of the storyline. He legitimately feels that way. A prime example is that Punk’s likeness hasn’t appeared on any WrestleMania 29 material released thus far.

Does he have a point?

The WWE is champion is always featured on advertising for Mania.

Always, that is, until this year.

It was fitting that Punk wore a “Paul Heyman guy” shirt on Raw on Monday because Heyman is truly the poster child of “anti-establishment.”

Possibly the greatest wrestling mind in professional wrestling since he debuted with the NWA in the late1980s, Heyman has never been a “yes man.”

Punk is anything but a “yes man,” but maybe if the WWE had more of them, storylines wouldn’t be so stale.

CM Punk Vs. The Undertaker – WWE Championship – Wrestlemania!

There are reports coming out currently that is stating that the main event for Wrestlemania 29 will be CM Punk vs The Undertaker, get this…for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP!

Current creative plans have been brewing that CM Punk will defeat The Rock at the 2013 Royal Rumble, thus parading into Wrestlemania as the champion. Rumors ran hot over the summer that The Rock was slated to be the one to finally put an end to CM Punk championship reign at The Royal Rumble by winning the Championship and going on to Wrestlemania to battle John Cena for the WWE Championship with Cena going over. However, there are two things that raise concern of this theory. #1.) Having The Rock win the WWE Championship at The Rumble is a great risk, considering all of the days and shows that The Rock would miss between January’s Royal Rumble and April’s Wrestlemania. This wouldn’t be a good look for show ticket sales where The WWE Champion would not be on the roster for multiple shows. #2.) Its a great chance and concern that John Cena is not as marketable (at this moment) as he was some years ago. has John Cena fallen flat with his character? And thus the simple mindedness of his current booking with AJ Lee? Considering Wrestlemania is the biggest WWE Show of the year, there will be much more that is needed than just slapping Cena’s name to the main event.

A CM Punk vs Undertaker main event could in fact tear the house down. And with the current “John Cena Lull” this could be the money match that will generate the pay per view buys. And we can finally see the finalization of this feud that was alive in 2009.

Heres a video of a segment from back then!


And the Match at Hell In A Cell

And of course the Standard – Pictures of CM Punk Vs. Undertaker Gallery