CM Punk: The Development of a Megastar
What's good, guys? Terrell back again from another vacation, this one was the best so far, I must say.
I missed another week, but I was able to check out Scott Beeby's piece on Booker T, which was very well done.
He earned every POTD vote he received, including mine. Shout out to him.
But anyway, back to business.
So on this vacation I was in a local restaurant in Ocean City and came across four men talking about, yup you guessed it, wrestling.
Something you don't see or hear every day, but being the nosy man that I am, I quickly joined the conversation.
I mean we talked all night, one subject we discussed for a while was character development in WWE, past and present.
For the last decade or so, WWE has been known for creating new and interesting characters.
For example, The Rock, Stone Cold, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge, and Randy Orton.
But recently not many characters have really interested me, with the exception of The Miz, John Morrison, Jeff Hardy, and the most recent, Dolph Ziggler.
But one character in particular has been very interesting to watch, and his name is CM Punk.
Straight Edge lifestyle, this man prides himself on being disciplined, clean, and working hard.
After a short run in TNA, and a short, but very productive run in Ring of Honor, CM Punk fell in to the grasps of WWE, and man did they hit the jackpot.
Punk was sent to OVW (WWE's developmental territory at the time) where he reigned as television and World Champion before being called up to the main roster.
Ring of Honor turned WWE fans impatiently anticipated the debut of CM Punk.
Punk debuted on ECW in the summer of 2006, where he cut a promo about being a straight edge superstar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSgiQEPYu4U).
I mean, I'll be honest, I didn't give two shits for the man, because he was on ECW, but I had a feeling that in a couple of years he could be something special.
After being on ECW for two years and winning the ECW championship, he lost the title to Chavo Guerrero in January 2008.
But in this same year, CM Punk, in my opinion the underdog of the Money In The Bank match at Wrestlemania, would go on to win it and in June of that year cash it in to become the World Heavyweight Champion.
After a very lackluster push as Champion, Punk would go on to win the Tag titles with Kofi Kingston, and reign as IC champion before losing to JBL in March of this year.
CM Punk would once again win the MITB in April at the 25th Anniversary of WM. Now I know for a fact, that many people, including myself were very unhappy with him winning.
Many were saying he would be the first to lose the title if he cashed it in, and people were saying he would lose it like Kennedy did.
But CM Punk proved us all wrong by cashing in the MITB and winning the World title for a second time.
All of this brings us to today, where CM Punk is currently feuding in the midst of a highly anticipated heel turn.
For all of you who watched CM Punk in ROH, I'm sure you will agree with me when I say this man shines as a heel.
And to me it seems like WWE is finally doing something right with a character, because there is no doubt in my mind that CM Punk is the next megastar in the WWE.
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