It truly pains me to write a blog about this very subject because I have been one of the biggest fans and supporters of CM Punk for quite sometime in the world of wrestling. He is one of the best wrestlers in the world right now because he is the complete package of both in-ring skills and great mic work. He is everything that a “wrestling” fan wants in a “wrestler.” He is not your modern day “sports entertainment” worker and is more of a throwback to the days of wrestling that many of us enjoyed years ago.
He’s got the attitude and the swagger to put the WWE on his very back & run with whatever ball the company will give to him. The WWE gave him his chance during the summer of 2011 or what fans are calling on the internet, “The Summer of Punk II.” He has made wrestling relevant again or at least did in the eyes of those who tuned in & might have tuned out.
Let’s face facts. Ratings are dropping on Monday Nights, buy rates are good but they didn’t get any major “CM Punk” spike to them and he is currently in a creative position where he appears lost at the present moment. He has been shuffled around from Kevin Nash to be shotgunned to Triple H, which isn’t his fault at all but he holds the ability to take himself out of this creative hole.
For those who compare him to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin I think you are out of your mind.
Austin is a one of a kind talent who carried the business on his back and picked the WWE out of a major hole they were in & brought them to an era of wrestling that may be its most memorable. Austin was the sole reason why ratings were so high in the late-90s and why buy rates were so good. Sure you had The Rock and Triple H but they didn’t get bigger until he went out with his injury. You had The Undertaker & Mankind but they weren’t doing what Austin was doing for the business. He sits atop the wrestling world as a game & history changer for what was to become of wrestling.
CM Punk, at least for now, has not done such.
It appears that maybe we as CM Punk supporters need to take this sad truth and realize that maybe the WWE just has lost faith in the self proclaimed “best in the world.” Maybe they don’t believe CM Punk will ever be as big as Steve Austin or as big as John Cena & Randy Orton are in the current WWE climate. Maybe this dream we all lived this past summer was exactly that, a dream.
It’s still too soon to tell whether or not CM Punk will ever be “the man” in the WWE. It certainly doesn’t appear that way with a roster headlined by John Cena or Randy Orton anytime soon. The best thing for CM Punk and possibly this business as well, was for John Cena or Randy Orton to have some sort of time off which obviously won’t happen barring any injury.
We can point fingers at the creative team or Vince McMahon himself but it wasn’t like Steve Austin had the best storylines in the WWE. At one time he was called “The Ringmaster” and had “Caribbean strap matches” with Savio Vega. When the “Texas Rattlesnake” was born he was over because the crowd enjoyed his in-ring work & his promos, despite the entire internet love, it never feels like Punk gets those “attitude era pops” on a Monday night. Most of the time you hear some boo’s and as a wrestling fan you wonder if this love for CM Punk may just be based in cyberspace.
I still believe that CM Punk can be “the man” in the WWE but I’m certainly having my doubts by what I have seen in recent months on WWE television. Hopefully the WWE doesn’t give up completely on the “CM Punk experience” as if given the correct build over a good amount of time; he can definitely begin to fill the boots of guys like Steve Austin. One thing we definitely learned from Punk’s rise is that the fans are desperate for something new & original and obviously CM Punk offers that taste for those fans out there.
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