Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CM Punk Renewed Interest

On November 20, 2011, CM Punk became the WWE Champion for the second time in his career. On that night he defeated Alberto Del Rio in Madison Square Garden securing himself as the face of the WWE. When Punk became champion, he was a considered a baby face (fan favorite). Since that night, Punk has held the title for over 300 days, which makes him the 10th longest running WWE Champion in history. Bob Backland, Randy Savage, Pedro Morales, John Cena, Hulk Hogan, and Bruno Sammartino are the only guys to hold the title longer than Punk. Of all these title reigns, it should be noted that John Cena was the only champion who performed at weekly pay-per-views and every Monday Night on Prime time television. During Cena's title runs, although he was the baby face, it became normal for the fans to have a mixed reaction. So that brings me to the next point, how does one keep from going stale?

 As CM Punk's title reign made it ways to 200 days, we started getting the same ol' Punk. While he had two epic matches with Daniel Bryan, the lack of heels had fans wondering, who would be the next worthy contender. Then there was John Cena. Since 2006, John Cena has been the guy that the women and children love, and male demographic hates. During his feud with the Big Show and former WWE Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, fans really started to get behind Cena. But where does he go from here? Back to the top?

 As John Cena made his way back into the WWE Title picture, someone had to be a heel. Is it time to make Cena a heel? Or maybe Punk could make the switch during his title reign, like Savage did in 1989. As Punk continued to remind everyone that he is the best in the world, he started showing shades of turning his back on the WWE Universe. First, it was attacking The Rock during the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw. But since The Rock is not there every week, that was not going stand. So to make a full heel turn CM Punk attacked the beloved Jerry the King Lawler. Punk claimed that he felt disrespected when Lawler said he turned his back on the WWE Universe. Punk continued by saying that he has been disrespected throughout his entire championship run. As he and Cena began to cross paths, Paul Heyman joined CM Punk as his personal advisor. Paul Heyman has been known as very controversial figure in the history of professional wrestling. He also is responsible for bringing Brock Lesnar to the WWE, even leading him to the WWE Championship.

 Paul Heyman being around CM Punk, makes Punk even more interesting. If Punk is gold on the microphone, than Heyman is platinum. As Punk gets closer to the one year mark, we can only sit back and wait and see what these two have in store for us.

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