The Fire Still Burns in CM Punk

Nina ShayContributor IMarch 29, 2009

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk wrestles Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

Having been drafted to Raw last year, CM Punk has been on a fast rollercoaster ride. Dubbed Mr Money in the Bank after winning the match at WrestleMania 24, he waited for the right moment to cash it in and on his first day on Raw, he did much to the surprise of everyone.

It was indeed his biggest win. Soon after, he got a target on his back by fellow Raw roster members. He was called the underdog champion. Despite that, he welcomed challenges from the likes of JBL. He gave a fresh face to the image of a world champion.

And then, his title reign ended unfairly without even giving him the opportunity to try to defend it. Unforgiven was truly unforgiving for the straightedge superstar.

Nonetheless, he fought back with partner, Kofi Kingston, after the brutal punt to the head by Randy Orton before the Championship Scramble match which was the start of the vicious team of The Legacy.

He was given a chance to win back the title against Chris Jericho on Raw. However, he failed to come out on top and take back the title he was forced to lose.

Punk and Kingston battled and defeated Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes for the World Tag Team titles after a smooth transition to the tag team division. Soon after that, the Chicago native sought out for more opportunities and participated in the Intercontinental Championship tournament.

In life, you can't have everything and so they lost their tag titles to Miz & Morrison during a house show, giving way for Punk to win the Intercontinental tournament. He was then granted the chance to face the then title holder, William Regal. After having two title matches end in disqualification, he finally won.

He became the nineteenth Triple Crown Champion in less than a year. And then it had to end as JBL snatched the Intercontinental title earlier this month from him.

But opportunity continues to knock on the Muay Thai fighter's door as he became qualified for this year's Money in the Bank ladder match.

He isn't lucky; he had to fight really hard against disbelievers and in the end he still managed to go down in WWE history as a Triple Crown champion. It is good to know that WWE sees him as a valuable superstar even though they end his title reigns in a weird and unsatisfying manner.

So, as WM25 draws near and so is the 2009 draft, will CM Punk make history and win the Money in the Bank match and cash it in later in a controversial way again? He has continued to impress the WWE universe each week and there is no doubt about his passion in the ring.

With his impressive achievements on Raw, what else is this superstar capable of? One thing for sure is that it is certainly too early for CM Punk to go to sleep.