CM Punk and the WWE shocked us all Monday night by challenging everything we thought we knew about the current professional wrestling landscape. Punk’s brilliant shoot-style promo was instantly catapulted amongst the biggest surprise moments in wrestling history.
Punk’s tirade against the backstage politics that go on in WWE accomplished many things that made for a great moment. First, it made us wonder if what we were seeing was more than just “part of the show.” It brought both the Internet Wrestling Community and the WWE Universe to life by making everyone wonder what would happen next. Finally, it was simultaneously something we’d never seen before and something we never saw coming.
Time will tell if Monday night’s rant will obtain the ultimate hallmark of a truly great moment: changing the face of wrestling as we know it. In the meantime, let’s take a look back at 25 of the most astonishing and impactful moments in the history of the squared circle.