It was a promo which sent shockwaves through the wrestling world and the mainstream media.
Many lapsed fans who heard about this segment got drawn back into the WWE to see what the fallout would be.
The main event of that episode of Raw was a tables match between John Cena and R-Truth. Cena had his opponent up for the Attitude Adjustment with a table perfectly in place to put Truth through and win the match.
That’s when CM Punk ran down to knock the neatly set up table over, which cost Cena a certain victory. Punk would mock Cena’s well-known ‘you can’t see me’ taunt before the two would begin to brawl outside the ring.
Once back in between the ropes, Cena tried getting Punk up for his finishing move in order to remove the distraction from the match. But, as Punk escaped, Truth quickly rushed at Cena, putting him through the table which was set up in the corner.
That’s when Punk grabbed a microphone and made his way to the stage.
He was wearing a Stone Cold shirt, which, when looking back at the promo, can be linked to both hatred of the McMahon’s and scrutiny of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, which Steve Austin had to rebel against and overcome in his career.
Punk has always been known for his own bold attitude against any form of authority and this summed it up. He systematically picked apart the structure of the WWE, including Dwayne Johnson turning up and being immediately placed into the main event of WrestleMania, and the McMahon’s creating a toxic environment.
Surprisingly, he admitted that he actually liked John Cena, he just didn’t like WWE’s use of him. He referenced that WWE viewed John Cena as ‘the best’ and how the system kept him down despite the amount of ‘Vincent K. McMahon’s imaginary brass rings’ he’s grabbed.
The storyline at the time was that Punk was planning to win the WWE Championship at Money In The Bank, the night that his WWE contract expired.
Punk stated repeatedly that he planned to leave with the title and even mentioned companies such as Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling as places he would take the title, which is completely unheard of in WWE, even now.
The main message from 11 years ago today was that Punk hated how the WWE was run and he wanted to change the system.
He felt like taking drastic action was the best way to achieve this and, despite Punk actually being under contract and not leaving, it remains a highlight of Punk’s career and elevated him to insane popularity levels.