WWE Draft 2011 Results: Is CM Punk a Victim of This Year's Draft?

No NameContributor IIIApril 26, 2011

CM Punk is one of the Internet Wrestling Community's golden boys. Furthermore, It would not be objectionable to state that amongst 18- to 35-year-olds, CM Punk is one of the most popular wrestlers currently on the WWE roster.

Since his sublime spell at the commentary desk and his programmes with John Cena and Randy Orton, CM Punk has been in fine form. Phil Brooks is one of the brightest shining young stars in the WWE today.

But is he being overlooked? The results of this week's draft suggest that he may be.

With the transfer of Alberto Del Rio from SmackDown to Raw, not only is Raw heel-heavy, but Raw is heavy in high-calibre heels currently being groomed to be the stars of tomorrow.

Punk was already less of a priority than The Miz and (unbelievably) Michael Cole. With Del Rio's arrival, it would have to be assumed that Punk, despite being arguably the WWE's MVP (no, not Montel) thus far this year, the Straight-Edge Saviour will be sliding down the antagonist totem pole.

WWE run the risk of damaging CM Punk's credibility as a main-event talent beyond repair.

Since defeating Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam 2009, CM Punk has failed to claim that victory that will cement him in the WWE's top tier. In his programmes with The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Cena and thus far with Randy Orton, Punk has failed to claim that win that could put him over the top.

Whilst we await the results of today's supplemental draft, it is unlikely that any big names will switch brands. With that being said, a move to SmackDown may benefit CM Punk at this point.

Monday's draft didn't really change that much on the blue brand in terms of adding depth to the roster. With Orton's sublime switch to SmackDown, it would have been a good move to have Punk over there also, enabling Punk and Orton to become the top stars on that show.

The best always rise to the top, and CM Punk is bound to make his way to the top sooner or later.

However, the initial reaction to the draft suggests that his ascension may take longer than it possibly should.