Disclaimer: This is my first B/R article. As such, any and all critiques will be much appreciated.
CM Punk is the hottest attraction going in the sport of professional wrestling and rightfully so. His actions during the past few months have been the most interesting storylines to hit the business in years. Think about it, when was the last time you were sitting on your couch watching Raw and you couldn't tell the less astute viewer precisely what was going to happen next? For me, it was when Shawn Micheals was introduced by Kevin Nash as the newest member of the nWo, all the way back in 2002. As of now, it's unknown how much creative power CM Punk has regarding the directions of his storylines, so I will belate the applause on that.
Punk has brought much more than a good character with a brash attitude toward "the man." He's put cracks in the "fourth wall" (for those of you not up to date on your theatrical lingo, the fourth wall is an imaginary wall, which separates the characters being portrayed from the real world. Basically to say Punk broke the fourth wall would be synonymous with saying he broke character.) In the past, wrestlers would be punished for even hinting at being a real person. Just ask our new COO, Triple H. After the MSG incident where HHH, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon and Diesel embraced before Razor and Diesel left for WCW. Diesel and HHH were heels, while HBK and Razor were faces. This did not sit well with Vince McMahon, and HHH was taken out of the Intercontinental Title picture and pushed down to the low card where he wrestled mostly jobbers and other inexperienced wrestlers.
When CM Punk broke the fourth wall, however, he wasn't punished. In fact, he won the WWE title shortly thereafter and is now in the caught in the middle of Mr. COO and Kevin Nash's lover's quarrel, which is currently the dominant storyline in the WWE, even without the WWE title. Not only that, Vincent K. McMahon referred to Punk as "Phil" (Punk's real name) on a live Raw broadcast.
If we delve even deeper into CM Punk, we'll see something obvious. Punk is not 6'8" and 300 lbs of raw muscle. He is billed a much more modest 6'1", 222 lbs. I made a point to mention those are his billed stats as they are most likely inflated. Now, I know there are plenty of women who may be reading this, and I'll give you a little window into the mentality of your male counterparts. When we see another man, one of the first things we do is measure him up to try to figure if we could win a fight if it were necessary. If I saw CM Punk in a bar and I'd never seen him before, sure, he'd be drinking Pepsi, but I would think I to myself, "Meh, I could take him." There aren't many pro wrestlers I could say that about. CM Punk is a larger than life character, but, he is not of larger than life stature. This is one of the reasons he resonates so well with the fans of the WWE. They see him and they think that with enough hard work and the willingness to master the craft, they too could become a pro-wrestler, whether they think it consciously of not.
CM Punk is more than just a rebel trying to fight the injustices of a corrupt system, he's also fighting a stagnant, outdated business. His technical skills match those of Bret "The Hitman" Hart, while his mic skills are on par with those of The Rock or Chris Jericho, he's as revolutionary as Kevin Nash. All this with a look that the fans can relate with.
(My general articles won't be such a basic lovefest for any one individual, I just wanted to get my name and writing style out there for you guys because I'm writing my first article during the slowest time of the week for WWE news. Nowhere in my articles will you find the terms "sports entertainment," "WWE Superstar," "WWE Universe" or "sports entertainer(s)." I don't feel these terms are accurate. This is a sport, and the talent are athletes. Also, I've just never liked "WWE Universe," it seems too gimicky. I'm a fan, not a celestial body.)
Thank you for reading, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the article.