WWE: 5 Reasons CM Punk Should Be Considered an All-Time Great

Giulio RomanoCorrespondent IIOctober 10, 2011

WWE: 5 Reasons CM Punk Should Be Considered an All-Time Great

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    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone...in Canada!

    On this day off for us, let's all find ONE thing to be grateful for. 

    Another great thing to be grateful for, this one about pro-wrestling, is CM Punk. He is a character I used to dislike a few years back and didn't understand at all as to why people loved him so much.

    I'm a believer now!

    This character has taken matters into his own hands and has forced the WWE to change its course. The product had become stale and repetitive and the "Straightedge" Superstar didn't like the direction his company or his character were headed.

    Now we are starting to see changes, and it is mostly because of the will and desire of one man. 

    If you are not convinced enough yet, then here are some more reasons as to why CM Punk is destined to be an all-time great.

He Is the Modern-Day Anti-Hero

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    The dropper of "pipe bombs" has become beloved by millions despite his not-so-nice attitude in the last months.

    He completely won over those that hated him while he was part of the Straightedge Society and Nexus factions. Remember when CM Punk said everyone watching were nothing more than hypocrites?

    It is still the same man here. He just managed to win you over. You now either love to hate him or hate to love him...just like Steve Austin.

    I see him as this generation's Macho Man, Stone Cold or Randy Orton.

Punk Is a Total Package Superstar

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    Phil Brooks a.k.a CM Punk has...

    - Communication skills

    - In-ring athletic ability

    - A unique look

    - Millions of fans and haters

    Lacking one aspect here prevents you from breaking into the main-event scene. You need all this to succeed in this business and it will always be the case for EVERYONE.

    People who share these qualities are guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and The Miz, to name just a few.

    A little introspection of your character could go a long way. Ask yourself this question: "What do I need to work on?"

He Works to Improve the Product for the Benefit of All

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    How many times did we hear CM Punk saying he is tired of the Status Quo in the WWE:

    John Cena and Randy Orton main-eventing every month.

    John Cena and Randy Orton holding the World titles.

    Triple H establishing himself as the top babyface at the expense of the younger characters.

    These are just a few things that needed to change, and with Punk unleashing his own brand of justice, it allowed the universe to pinpoint the problem.

    He realized that if things didn't improve from what they had become, there could be a time it would simply cease to exist, and that would be bad for everyone.

    They wouldn't have a job and I would have nothing to watch on Monday nights.

    It is honorable of CM Punk to attempt this...make a change or die trying.

CM Punk = Merchandise, Sales Figures and Ratings

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    I recently read that CM Punk's merchandise sales have surpassed those of John Cena himself.

    That is an impressive feat considering the money machine Superman has become.

    How many more different-colored "Never Give Up/Cenation" shirts can one kid have anyway?

    This year, we had our share of great matches and coincidentally enough, CM Punk was always the insert in those matches. If it wasn't versus Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton earlier this year, then it was against near-insurmountable forces of the moment in John Cena and Triple H.

    Let's all be honest here. Some pay-per-view events were CENTERED around the CM Punk character. Money In The Bank and SummerSlam ring a bell?

    That says a lot. CM Punk equals ratings!

    Aside from The Miz, my reason for tuning in to Monday Night RAW every week has been CM Punk for at least five months now.

CM Punk Is the Madonna of Sports Entertainment

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    Do I have to change my name? Will it get me far? Should I lose some weight? Am I gonna be a star?

    I wonder if CM Punk ever asked himself some of these questions, because as I watch his career with great interest, I can't help but realize how similar his character is to the greatest pop singer of our time: the queen of pop, Madonna.

    They both drop "pipe bombs" when they can and have reinvented themselves numerous times. Both have the notorious reputation of having many relationships in the past.

    Now, Madonna seems to be into younger men and CM Punk has added the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix, to his list of conquests. Good for them!

    He went from young, brash, long-haired money in the bank winner, to leader of the Straightedge Society, to leader of the New Nexus and now to (seemingly) leader of the next WWE generation.

    Quite an impressive resume, Mr. Brooks.

    It is only a matter of time before the WWE "Globe" is supported by the one called CM Punk.

**BONUS REASON: He Would Bring This Back...

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    With Cody Rhodes recently bringing back the classic Intercontinental title belt to the explosive cheers of the audience, it seems that the time is near when we will finally see the end of the Cena-spinner title.

    It is horrible! It just has to disappear from our minds for all time.

    Pay attention because I have noticed how many people have begun carrying a replica of this beautiful piece of art every week.

    It is symbol of pride, honor and tradition. The greatest of the great have been able to hold this one high.

    The fans have demanded the return of the classic belts for some time now, and I was one of them. The "Winged-Eagle" belt commands respect and for some reason, I would highly doubt it would be traded between Superstars every month or so should it return.

    Time will tell if my prediction comes true. Let's hope it does, for all our sakes.

After Championships and Changes Comes the Hall of Fame

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    There is no doubt that CM Punk will be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday.

    He has the credentials to back up his claim and there are still lots of years ahead for him and his career. Lots more "pipe bombs" and title reigns. More feuds to come that should be as epic as the one with John Cena.

    Rumors speak of a pending encounter with Stone Cold Steve Austin. The return of Chris Jericho and his answer to Punk's claim of being "the best in the world" and hopefully a program with The Miz over the WWE championship in 2012 are some of the most promising storylines the company may have in store for us.

    Turn away now when things are getting hot, hot, hot? Are you kidding me?