CM Punk's Character Development is a Breath of Fresh Air, Fit for Jeff Hardy

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJuly 4, 2009

I used to never be a fan of CM Punk. Not at all, quite frankly.

So it should come as a bit of a surprise that I have enjoyed his character development as of late. Punk's ability to flirt with heelism while still riding the coattails of his prior babyface propaganda combines to create a unique combination.

A combination in which I have found to be quite addictive.

I'm not sure how long it will last, because if the WWE decided to make Punk a full-fledged heel, he will no longer have the ability to create the same unique dynamic.

The thing is, people don't really know what Punk is right now.

Is he a babyface or is he a heel?

I'm sure that the answer to that question will become clear within the coming weeks. I really don't want to look too much into what has happened thus far because, things in the WWE can change at the drop of a dime.

What I did enjoy is the way that Punk talked about Jeff Hardy on Smackdown.

He made a great point too.

People were talking as if it was Punk who screwed Jeff Hardy at The Bash.

Of course, you'd expect them to think that as Hardy is perhaps the most "over" guy in the company right now. Him not having his dream come true at Punk's expense has to be some sort of miscarriage of justice in the eyes of many.

But again, that's not exactly the case.

Punk was right in that what he did could certainly be considered an accident while Jeff Hardy's blatant attack after the match was as clear as anything else could have been.

I assure you that if it was Randy Orton who attacked his opponent after the match, he would have been labeled as the "Viper" who doesn't know how to keep his business in the ring.

But Jeff Hardy is just the passionate enigma who simply let the heat of the moment get the best of him, right?

I have nothing against Jeff Hardy, I actually like the guy.

The issue is that due to the fact that he is as over with the fans as he is, people like to make it seem as if he can do no wrong.

CM Punk's eye injury.

Is he faking it, or is he legitimately injured while it appears as if he's using guise of an injury to his own benefit?

We are talking storyline now people, but suspend your disbelief for a moment so we can analyze the situation.

Why would you think that CM Punk would fake an injury?

Has he ever done it before? No.

Has he ever resorted to such tactics? No.

Has he ever been blatantly dishonest to a competitor's face? No.

Which leaves only one reason why the fans would choose to believe that he is faking an injury now.

Because that is the explanation that best suits Jeff Hardy's defense.

The irony of such a perspective is the breath of fresh air that I speak of.

The dynamic currently in the works right now is only as effective as it is due to the uncertainty of CM Punk's character development.

Punk would be better as a heel than a babyface, but I'd say the same for most Superstars.

Babyfaces are too one-dimensional.

At least with CM Punk, we now have a reason to care about what he's saying and what's doing.

I never did before.