WWE Opinion: Is CM Punk Better as a Face or a Heel?

Colin StoneContributor IIIMarch 2, 2012

I have always been a fan of CM Punk.

Ever since I got back into watching WWE in 2010, Punk has always been near the top of my Booker-esque "Fave Five."

In late 2010, Punk was the standout performer on the commentary desk. Just watch these utterly superb videos for evidence: one from an episode of NXT, and another from Superstars.

Then, at the beginning of 2011, Punk assumed leadership of the Nexus from the deposed Wade Barrett. CM Punk was back in fully-fledged heel mode, culminating in some excellent performances at Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and Extreme Rules, all whilst ruling the microphone with aplomb.

Sure, you could always hear the diehard Punk fans chanting his name on each episode of Raw, but the Straight-Edge Savior could draw serious heat from the crowd with relative ease.

But then this happened. Punk's now infamous shoot on John Cena, Vince McMahon and the entire wrestling business changed everything.

From then on, Punk has been cheered raucously with every appearance he has made on WWE television.


Despite his "babyface" status, his microphone work is as stellar as ever (as seen in his recent verbal joust with Chris Jericho) and he gets some of the biggest pops of anyone in the roster.

However, I would argue that, as much as I love Punk as a face, he is far more suited to (and far better at) portraying a heel character.

Playing a heel is a lot more difficult than being a face. As R-Truth and Mick Foley have proven, you can get big cheers simply by shouting the name of the town you're in.

As a heel, Punk knows exactly how to garner heat for himself and anyone associated with him, such as the SES or The Nexus.

In the Straight Edge Society, Punk showed messianic traits, famously delivering sermons at both the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber and "converting" other wrestlers in the roster to join him.

As leader of The Nexus, Punk continued to depict a slightly sadistic leader of a cult, who viciously attacked other wrestlers, sometimes indiscriminately.

But as a face, all Punk has to do is shout "Best in the World" and he's got the crowd in the palm of his hand.

I'm not saying I don't like Punk as a face, because I really do.

But what I will say is that he feels more unrestrained, less held back and angrier when he shows his heel side.

Punk has flip-flopped between face and heel characters for the majority of his career. Which brings up the question: when is his next turn going to be?

I, for one, am eagerly anticipating it.

And that's the bottom line, cos Colin Stone said so!