Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Making the WWE Championship interesting again
CM Punk has continued his improbable rise in the WWE despite any detractors the "Straight Edge Superstar" may seem to have. Punk is not over-muscled, does not have the WWE "star" look, and is not the All-American poster boy that has been prevalent in the WWE in nearly every decade.
It may be hard to put your finger on what exactly people like about CM Punk. Internet fans will tell you it's his ring work and how his promos go "inside" the industry. While this may be true to a degree, it may just be as simple as him having that "X" factor. That intangible that no one can explain.
CM Punk is far different from John Cena. While Cena portrays a "clean-cut" good guy who doesn't stray too much from the rules, Punk will blatantly push the boundaries to scratch his way to the top. He does this in such a way that he has continually "blurred" the lines between the hero and villain. Alberto Del Rio may be a talented bad guy, but even he doesn't portray that bad boy image that Punk does.
We've stated it before that no one seems to do the things Punk does when it comes to the "status-quo" of the WWE. Punk makes it a point to mention he is not a "sports-entertainer". He's a professional WRESTLER. He has made himself such a marketable character that every time he picks up a microphone, you are tuned into what he is saying. (Even if this seems toned down on camera in recent weeks)
On November 20th, 2011, CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio to capture the WWE Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The "fabled hall" that is the Garden had thousands in attendance, many wearing CM Punk's "Best in the World" t-shirt. This is even more proof that Punk is slowly becoming the staple of the company. The fans roared in approval when Punk became the champion as they have a champion they believe in again.
Not bad for a guy who was reportedly buried numerous times over the past six years.