WWE Money in the Bank 2011: The CM Punk Connection
Last night, CM Punk defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship.
This particular feud carried with it a lot of stipulations, including direct involvement from Vince McMahon himself who, up until recently, has shied away from the camera. The stipulation that Vince put on the match was that if John Cena lost, he would be fired.
The storyline stemmed from CM Punk's real-life contract dispute with the WWE, about which Punk has been very vocal. Punk has accused the company of disrespecting his talent and potential, while pushing "ass kissers" like Randy Orton and John Cena.
Sadly, CM Punk's dilemma is something that happens to people in every industry all over the world. This aspect is why CM Punk has gone from hated heel to the voice of the frustrated. All that was needed was a little bit of real life.
Sometimes professional wrestling needs a character like Punk to bring some reality into its fictional superhero world. I think the biggest problem with the product right now is that the fans cannot relate to what's going on in that world.
If the story lines were to reflect more real life problems, covering the light and the dark side of things that people experience every day, the fans would have something more personal to cling onto.
In life, it's rare to have our choices presented to us in black and white. There's always gray in the middle. This angle with Punk succeeded in addressing that.
Is CM Punk a "heel?" Yes, but somewhere along the lines his plight (written and not) struck a chord with the mass audience, showing them something that they could personally go through.
Can a person relate to being screwed out of a WWE title shot? Nope. But can a person relate to having a crappy boss and always being given the short end of the stick? Absolutely.
Make it real, and you have the fans living and dying with you, because everyone feels strongly about a common moral conundrum.
CM Punk's real life issues bled over into the storyline, in essence writing itself. In a down economy and faith in our bosses and government at an all time low, CM Punk's beef with the establishment struck a chord with a lot of the members of the WWE Universe.
Punk said it himself, "I'm the voice for those who don't have a voice."
Hopefully his voice, along with that of the WWE Universe, has been heard.
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