There are so many words I could use to describe the unholy alliance between CM Punk and Paul Heyman, which was revealed on Monday's Raw. The one word to me that sticks out the most is a short one: epic.
Does CM Punk "need" a manager? No he does not. It's not about need. It's about an addition to the man that is the best in the world at what he does. That's CM Punk—the best pro wrestler in the world.
With Paul Heyman by his side, CM Punk could be an even bigger star than he already is. That's what makes it the right move. Heyman is the kind of manager in wrestling that's similar to what Bobby Heenan did over 20 years ago. Heenan didn't need to manage a guy like Mr. Perfect, who could do everything, but his work at ringside added to Perfect's matches. The same can be said when Perfect was managing Flair. Not needed, but a great addition.
The other point is that when CM Punk talks, a lot of fans like it. Even when he cuts heel promos he still gets cheered. When Paul Heyman talks? Instant heat. This could be a way to increase the heat on Punk by not having him talk as much he used to and by making Heyman his mouthpiece as a way to keep fans hating Punk.
Can you imagine the reaction to CM Punk walking out with Paul Heyman on Monday's Raw while Bret Hart is in a WWE ring in Montreal for the first time in 15 years? They would get a ridiculous amount of heel heat. It will be the kind of atmosphere wrestling promoters, wrestlers and fans dream about because you can't just make that kind of thing up. They could play off of Hart's real history in that city and use the top heel in the company to get heat for it.
In 1997, Punk was a 19 year old that was likely watching Survivor Series and being amazed by what he saw, just like the majority of us. Now he's the top heel that can benefit from something that happened 15 years ago. Funny how the wrestling business works, right?
Let's go back a few weeks. Do you think CM Punk wore Bret Hart's colors at SummerSlam merely as a tribute or was it because they knew Hart would be at Raw in Montreal? I doubt it was a coincidence.
They could use Monday's Raw as a way to book John Cena as a bigger hero than they already do. In the past they've used Hart as a sympathetic figure because he can't take a bump anymore due to the stroke he suffered over a decade ago, and Cena has usually been the guy to save him from whoever targets him.
It's a smart move, especially in Montreal, which is a city where Hart would get more sympathy heat than anywhere except his home in Calgary.
Monday night's Raw could be one of those special nights we remember for a long time.
The pessimist in me says they might drop the ball.
The optimistic in me is stronger, though, and I'm confident that "something big is about to go down" in Montreal.
CM Punk in the ring with Paul Heyman by his side as they go face to face with Bret Hart in Montreal could be magic.
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