CM Punk's anti-establishment rant last year captivated wrestling fans who were tired of the same bland good vs. evil storylines that were sometimes too inherent in the John Cena era.
Riding the final traces of momentum from the previous summer's big Nexus storyline, Punk sat down Indian style, and gave what appeared to be an off-the-cuff shoot promo designed to stick it to the man.
However as the ensuing months unfolded, various authority figures and non-wrestlers,, most of whom were close to the McMahon camp, began to roll out, all of whom were curiously mentioned in CM Punk's promo.
We were even treated to a brief, yet still painful, era of People Power compliments of Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, who CM Punk infamously referred to as a "D—bag."
Yes, it seemed like a sermon that could have started a revolution, but a deeper look may have revealed a possibly unintentional catalyst and more shrewd posturing for Vince and friends to shamelessly bask in the spotlight.