CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy, the WWE's Perfect Mix of Kayfabe & Reality

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CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy, the WWE's Perfect Mix of Kayfabe & Reality

The Straight Edge Messiah vs. The Charismatic Enigma

In pro wrestling, feuds are about as common as grass is green. The concept is as simple as it gets: you have a good guy—the face—and you have a bad guy—the heel. The heel normally does something bad to the face, sparking a feud in the process.

Sound simple?

Well, it is. But it isn't a thing that all can pull off. Especially when just about everything has been done.

So, when great feuds come it is something special.

At Extreme Rules 2009, the Money In the Bank winner CM Punk took advantage of an opportunity. That opportunity was in the form of Jeff Hardy.

In the months that followed, Punk entered a slow transformation that eventually made him the most intriguing man in pro wrestling today.

Meanwhile, Jeff Hardy took a very different path—that would lead him into wrestling obscurity.

Yet like the Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels feud before them, the crowd went against the morally right thing to do in favor of their high-flying hero.   


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