WWE: CM Punk—Revisiting the Summer That Was
There's really no other way of putting it, so here it goes...
The summer of 2011 was indeed 'The Summer of Punk'.
From June to late August, CM Punk changed wrestling. He shot flawless promos, he consistently worked high-quality matches and he shook the entire wrestling world.
So as we welcome in autumn, let us revisit the eventful summer given to us by the 'Straight Edge Messiah'. Let's take a look back at 'The Summer of Punk'.
June 20th: Punk Becomes #1 Contender, Reveals Plans
Little did we know, this would be the night that would set the tone for Punk's monumental summer.
After defeating Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio in a well-worked triple threat match, CM Punk became the No. 1 contender for John Cena's WWE Championship. Punk would proceed to grab the microphone and reveal his plans for his upcoming title bout at 2011's Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
June 27th: The Promo Heard Around the Wrestling World
A week after he secured himself a WWE Title match, CM Punk shocked the wrestling world.
So if you haven't watched this fifty times, here it is, folks.
Without further delay, I bring you the epic CM Punk shoot.
July 11th: Punk's Returns from Suspension
Vince suspended CM Punk shortly after his shocking shoot on the company. Punk was absent from the July 4th show, which was taped on the same day as his promo, and returned on July 11th.
Punk came back to Raw and continued to drop his pipe bombs.
July 11th: Punk's Contract Demands
On the same night, Punk and Vince would meet for a live contract signing.
Vince wanted Punk to re-sign, but Punk wanted a few perks if he chose to do so. One of those perks included the return of the WWE Ice Cream Bars.
July 17th: Punk Wins at Money in the Bank
In front of a rowdy his hometown fans in Chicago, CM Punk defeated John Cena to capture the WWE Championship.
The match went on for over half an hour, and was undoubtedly the best worked match of the year. In fact, it was probably the best match since 'Taker and HBK at either 'Mania.
Punk won, Vince watched in disgust and pandemonium ensued. Vince called out Money in the Bank winner Alberto Del Rio to cash in his opportunity against Punk. However, the newly crowned champion delivered a kick to the head of Del Rio and escaped through the overjoyed Chicago crowd.
July 21st: Punk Crashes Comic-Con
The WWE was present for the 2011 Comic-Con in San Diego, California. Among the company employees present at the convention was the new COO, Triple H.
While fielding questions from the WWE fans, Punk made a surprise appearance at the event and asked a few questions of his own.
July 25th: Punk Returns to Raw
Just eight days after his victory at MITB, CM Punk returned to Raw.
Punk crashed the ring after John Cena defeated Rey Mysterio for the undisputed WWE Championship.
Equipped with his old theme from ROH, Punk came back to the WWE.
August 1st: Punk Confronts Triple H
CM Punk would kick off the first Raw of August to explain why he returned to the company.
He gave us an interesting promo, as always, and would then be interrupted by Triple H.
CM Punk, Triple H and microphone...enjoy.
August 8th: SummerSlam Contract Signing
What's a build up for a huge pay-per-view match without a good ol' contract signing?
On this edition of Raw, CM Punk and John Cena would meet up to officially slate their undisputed WWE Title match at SummerSlam.
Here's yet another moment of brilliance from Punk, with a special guest appearance from The Great One.
August 14th: Punk Speaks with Stephanie McMahon
Before his match with Cena at SummerSlam, Punk spoke with none other than Stephanie McMahon.
I know where her hand was, too.
August 14th: Punk Defeats Cena, Nash Returns, Del Rio Cashes in
John Cena already suffered a somewhat clean loss, so surely we would never see another.
But we pretty much did.
With Triple H as the guest referee, CM Punk defeated Cena for the second consecutive pay-per-view. Given that Cena's foot was on the rope, it was perhaps the cleanest way Cena could go down.
While Punk celebrated his victory, Kevin Nash came out of the crowd and delivered a jackknife power bomb. Alberto Del Rio would proceed to cash in his MITB briefcase and pin Punk to become the new WWE Champion.
August 15th: Punk Confronts Nash
Kevin Nash showed up on Raw the night after his return at SummerSlam.
After he explained why he was at the pay-per-view, Punk came out for some answers.
Punk, Nash and microphone...enjoy this, too.
August 22nd: Cena Defeats Punk to Become #1 Contender
Night of Champions was the next event, Alberto Del Rio was champion and he needed an opponent. Triple H's answer? A No.1 contender's match that pitted CM Punk against John Cena.
Punk nearly had the match won until Kevin Nash walked out. Punk was distracted by Nash's appearance, and Cena capitalized. Cena performed the AA on Punk and pinned him for a title shot against Del Rio.
August 29th: Punk vs. Triple H Is Announced
After CM Punk vs. Kevin Nash was scheduled for Night of Champions, Punk and the new COO cut a backstage promo.
Triple H told Punk his match against Nash was cancelled, and delivered a bombshell all marks were waiting for. The Game announced that he would face Punk at Night of Champions.
(By the way, great job by the production team of playing John Cena's music during the airing of this promo. Only can John Cena have his music played over the the one and only Triple H.)