Love him or hate him, CM Punk has managed to achieve some big things in the WWE - most of which deserve a lot of credit and respect and some which will go down in history.
The jury is out on CM Punk whether he made the right or wrong decision by walking out on the company which made him a household name during his time with the WWE. His contract is up in July and it still looks as if CM Punk will not be making his return any time soon.
If the Royal Rumble was the last we saw of CM Punk in the WWE then he can be very happy with what he has achieved during his time there. Winning championships and opening the eyes of many fans in one night - which moments during his career will go down as the five best? Let’s take a look…
5. The Straight Edge Society
If you are a true CM Punk fan then you will have watched his DVD by now; where he states that The Straight Edge Society was entirely his own idea from scratch. What better way than to succeed than alongside your real-life friends? Not a lot of superstars can say that. The funny thing is that CM Punk did not have a star-studded stable, there were no main eventers or household names involved with him every week but the idea and the values surrounding the group trumped the lacklustre cast.
At that time CM Punk was the guy you just had to hate, he was always negative and grumpy and just hated everything we loved. It was a lot more believable as Punk was a firm believer in the straight edge lifestyle and his words were on point every single week. Although he was a massive heel during that time; the villainous alliance truly had people watching and listening to them every week and this only helped Punk grow to a much stronger character.
4. The Undertaker
His legendary reign as WWE Champion was ended by The Rock at the Royal Rumble last year but then CM Punk stepped it up a level by challenging The Undertaker at WrestleMania. It’s fair to say the manner in which the challenger was decided was a little dull in the fatal-4-way match but CM Punk was always going to be the victor. Much like The Straight Edge Society this feud really showed why Punk is one of the best heels we have had in a long time. There was the unfortunate incident where Paul Bearer sadly passed away during this feud, but nobody thought CM Punk and Paul Heyman would have the audacity to poke fun at the legendary manager.
It obviously was not serious but was borderline disrespectful, but that did no harm to Punk and Heyman as they continued to prove why they are the best heels. It’s not only the build-up to the match which was brilliant to see, but the match at WrestleMania was fantastic and easily the best match of the night. Punk put his body on the line and when the night was over, everyone knew CM Punk and Paul Heyman created history with a brilliant feud topped off with a brilliant match.
3. Becoming WWE champion at Money in the Bank
CM Punk vs. John Cena would sound average on any given night but their WWE Championship bout at Money in the Bank was anything but average. Coming off a brilliant promo CM Punk made his true intentions clear that he was going to beat John Cena and walk out of the company as WWE Champion, bold statement. The Chicago crowd deserves credit for rightfully cheering for their home town hero as Punk revelled in the immense cheers whilst Cena was on the wrong end of the crowds reactions.
The match had everything you could want, back and forth action and close calls. Impressive-looking manoeuvres and this feud and moment is probably one of the key moments we will look back at which made CM Punk the superstar he is today. Punk was on top form each and every single week into the build-up and did not fail to impress. The only downside to this was that he returned too quickly. Other than that this was a fantastic moment in Punk’s career which has gone down in history.
2. 434 day reign as WWE champion
If this has been Daniel Bryan’s year then 2012 was CM Punk’s year and more, he held the championship for a long time and that was what the WWE definitely needed. The problem the business has is that champions drop the titles too quickly and too often so Punk holding that WWE Championship for over a year was a breath of fresh air in itself. But it was interesting to see Punk’s transition as the face WWE Champion to the heel WWE Champion after he put The Rock to sleep on Raw 1000.
He disposed of everyone that came in front of him, star-studded names in John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan and many more. Punk’s reign was truly one of a kind, superstars back in the 70’s and 80’s may have held the title for longer but in the modern era it is definitely more physically challenging so Punk deserves a lot more credit than he is getting; 434 days as WWE Champion is no small feat.
1. CM Punk delivers A pipe bomb
If CM Punk wasn’t a big star in the business then this promo alone made everyone sit up and take notice. Fans of all ages and genders instantly looked at CM Punk in a different light and instantly realised that whatever Punk said in the minutes he had on the microphone were from the heart, he meant them all and in fact looking back at it now, he was right. CM Punk has always been good on the microphone but this definitely changed his career and there is no denying it, it elevated his status to a real threat in the business. If you type in CM Punk on searches, you mentioned the word CM Punk to a friend or a fan; the first thing they will recall is his infamous pipe-bomb and rightfully so.
His mannerisms throughout the segment, wearing the Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt, breaking the fourth wall and mentioning Colt Cabana on television; everyone was just left speechless as if it all came from nowhere. “Maybe this company would be better if Vince McMahon was dead…but then it would be taken over by his idiot daughter and doofus son-in-law”, if you’re still watching the WWE then you can agree that Punk was correct. It stunned everybody and on that night CM Punk became a star.
Do you agree or disagree? What do you think are CM Punk’s greatest moments in the WWE? Have your say below or hit me up on my Twitter @RazK28 to discuss all things WWE.
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