CM Punk and Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) have shared similar paths on their roads and share common roots.
Wrestling in high school gyms and churches, both men have traveled across the globe on the independent scene and both have been called the "best in the world." Both possess multiple "Five Star Matches" as awarded by the publication Wrestling Observer.
Tonight, both men climbed the highest mountain possible in the business. Not just mid-card title holders, but World champions in the biggest promotion on the planet.
Punk tweeted a picture, as seen above, with them holding the WWE and World Heavyweight titles. To think about what they've done and everything they've been through, the picture should send shivers up your spine.
Punk was already established as a superstar in the WWE, where his mouth is just as big an asset as his move set. Punk defeated The Miz and Alberto Del Rio in a fantastic TLC match that was as worthy a main event as there has been this year.
Bryan's road to the World Heavyweight championship began in July when he defeated five other men for the "Money In The Bank" briefcase. With a guaranteed title shot against any title holder and any time of his choosing and aspirations for WrestleMania, Bryan announced he would main event the "Showcase of the Immortals."
However, opportunities such as tonight rarely come, and the taste for gold is addicting. After Mark Henry laid out Big Show with a brutal DDT onto a pile of steel chairs, Bryan grabbed a referee and stormed the ring. The three count was academic and the moment was electrifying.
Both men have traveled a long road through promotions like Ring Of Honor and both men have done old bookers like Gabe Sapolsky proud. Gabe was succinct about his feelings on Twitter when he said.
"Punk and Bryan made themselves with their work. I was lucky to book them"
If you are a fan of wrestling at any level, you really should be smiling. This was the night that "Indy Schmucks" made good on all of their promise.