When wrestling fans think of the word legend, names like Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan come to mind. In time, CM Punk will have his name added to that list of esteemed wrestlers.
Since his pro wrestling début in 1999, Punk has amassed an extremely impressive resume. From his start in IWA-Mid South, to his current run in the WWE, he has always brought nothing but his A-Game every time he steps into the ring.
Some wrestling fans have the notion that the more world championships a pro wrestler has, the better performer he is. While this is true to a certain extent, it does not apply to a talented performer like CM Punk.
Punk brings passion and determination to the ring, traits that very few pro wrestlers actually have anymore. Those traits personify what he does in and out of a wrestling ring. He refers to himself as a “Pro Wrestler,” and not a “Sports Entertainer."
In the world of the WWE, that is a major no-no, but he has enough respect for his beliefs that he’s willing to buck the status-quo of the company.
In today’s WWE, Punk does not exactly fit the mold of what a superstar should look like. He’s tattooed, he wears piercings, and his dress outside of a WWE ring is that of a regular blue-collared guy. He refuses to dress like everyone else in the WWE, proving that he is not concerned with pleasing Vince McMahon— not to mention he’s doesn’t have the most eye-catching physique.
But, in the grand scheme of things, those attributes are secondary for a wrestler like CM Punk. His wrestling skills far outweigh the value of those aesthetic virtues, which the WWE executives hold so dear. Every match that Punk has wrestled in the WWE has been nothing short of spectacular.
Although CM Punk does not look like a “Sports Entertainer” by the WWE’s standards, what he does look like is a “Pro Wrestler." Go back to the hey-day of the NWA and the WWE, formerly the WWF. Wrestlers like Harley Race, Ric Flair, and Bruiser Brody—they didn’t exactly fit the mold of Sports Entertainers.
They, too, had the skills, though, both inside and outside the ring to elevate them to superstardom. CM Punk has all the wrestling skill, the charisma, and—most importantly—the passion that all of these men had.
This, even today in the world of the WWE, is still extremely important if a pro wrestler wants to become a champion and a legend. When CM Punk cuts a promo, you can actually feel the love he resonates for the business of pro wrestling.
Even after all the success CM Punk has achieved in his short career in the WWE, there are still some Nay-Sayers that still do not give him the credit he deserves. Maybe it’s the way he looks, or the way he speaks, or maybe they just don’t see him as a talented wrestler.
It could be the simple fact that wrestling fans don’t give him credit, because of the way he has been booked over the last few months by WWE Creative. But that’s another topic for future discussion. Or, it could be just the simple fact that wrestling fans just don’t like CM Punk, plain and simple.
CM Punk has become a household name in the WWE, and has attained great success. But he’s not a legend yet, it’s not something that happens overnight or something you can buy in a store. It may take months, or it may take years.
But, rest assured that if CM Punk continues to bring that passion and he continues to dominate in the WWE, then it will only be a matter of time before his name is spoken along the other iconic performers that have graced a pro wrestling ring.