WWE Money in the Bank 2011: Why CM Punk Is This Generation's Stone Cold

Brian KennedyCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2011

Courtesy: WWE
Courtesy: WWE

Last night's "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view was like the pay-per-views of old. It was chalk full of suspense, surprise endings and "Oh my God!" moments. Going into last night's match, many were wondering if CM Punk could actually win and shock the wrestling world.

At around 11 pm, CM Punk beat John Cena for the WWE title after a failed "Chicago Screw-job" attempt by Vince Mcmahon and Johnny "Ace" Laurenitis. After was all said and done, I couldn't help but think to myself, "CM Punk is going to be this generation's Stone Cold."

Think about this: Stone Cold was at best a mid-carder in the WWE before his epic run against the boss, Vince McMahon. Sure, Stone Cold won the King of the Ring and quoted his famous Austin 3:16 catchphrase afterwards, but Austin's match that shot him up the ranks in the company was against Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 in 1997. The rest, as many know, is history.

CM Punk's match against Cena last night showed what Punk is all about as an in-ring performer. During the last few weeks, Punk has been defiant and arrogant, showing he did not care who he was talking to while getting his point across. (Sound familiar?)

When Vince McMahon came out with his "stooge" to try and stop Punk from winning the title last night, it felt like the late '90s all over again.

Will the reemergence of Vince McMahon the TV character be full-time so he can face off with Punk? Who knows? But last night showed what the WWE has been missing for a while.

John Cena has grown stale as a character. And unless you are a child or a woman in heat, you're tired of the guy.

Randy Orton was supposed to be the new Stone Cold, but he lacks the mic work and characteristics to be that type of character. 

CM Punk, on the other hand, says the things only others dare to think. He doesn't care who you are, he is the self proclaimed "Voice of the Voiceless." Is CM Punk ready to be the bad boy that everyone loves to cheer for?

Only time will tell.

But if this past month is any indication of what the WWE is planning for the future, it is going to be one heck of a ride.

The WWE needs this type of character back on the main stage. With a character like CM Punk, viewers will tune in each week to see what will happen between Punk and (insert name here). Last night was the rebirth of CM Punk and the start of this generation's Stone Cold Steve Austin.