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12-12-2011, 11:06 AM #1
Is The Puck luckiest man alive ................
This post is going to be a long so you can skim it to get the gist of it, but I find CM Punk's history in the WWE very interesting. CM Punk is one of the best in this business, there's no disputing that, but he's also one of the luckiest guys to have entered the
WWE ring. Here's why:
Paul Heyman and some other agents went to OVW to find guys for the resurrected ECW brand and Paul Heyman immediately fell head-over-heels for CM Punk. Why wouldn't he? The guy was great in the ring, he had a great character, loads of experience and had the badass hardcore look. Paul Heyman brought him into the ECW brand where he had a pretty good push until Paul Heyman went up to Vince McMahon and told him he wanted CM Punk to win the Elimination Chamber. He told Vince that CM Punk had to pin Big Show in the first few minutes and keep on until he won the Chamber and become ECW's newest star. Vince hated the idea, went with Lashley winning, and when that PPV failed and Heyman was fired, Punk was hated ever since.
Lucky Break #1: Shawn Michaels helped him keep his job
Punk was out first in the Chamber, started losing all his matches and according to Dave Lagana, people were talking about releasing him. Then one day, Shawn Michaels was in the Creative Team meeting and when he heard people talking about how Punk should be released, Shawn stood up and said that if they don't like what he's doing, they should take him aside and help him out. He said they shouldn't fire him just because he isn't "guessing" what they want. The creative team's outlook changed so they kept him around and didn't release him.
Lucky Break #2: CM Punk was left to carry ECW
A year had past since the ECW revival, and Vince was already sick of the brand. He tried to build it up his own way (the wrong way) and it didn't work. He fired Heyman, released a bunch of originals, and guys like Big Show, RVD and Kurt Angle all quit. So he gave up and moved everyone who was left to Raw and Smackdown. Top stars of ECW like Lashley, Sandman and Hardcore Holly were all drafted and lowly midcarders were moved to ECW to fill the hole. Although CM Punk was on a dying brand, this meant he was the main event now. So right off the bat, Chris Benoit and CM Punk were booked in an ECW Championship match for Vengeance. According to Stephanie, Benoit was supposed to win. He no-showed the event (he was too busy playing Jack the Ripper) and Nitro ended up replacing him and winning the ECW title, but CM Punk was still in the main event.
Lucky Break #3: Signature Pharmacy gets busted
John Morrison and CM Punk feuded endlessly for months where Punk lost cleanly each time. WWE was still not on his side. The Boogeyman was going to win a Fatal 4 Way to be booked as Johnny Nitro's next opponent, but Vince McMahon told the referee DURING the match that he changed his mind and wanted Punk to win again extending the feud even more. But this time, all Signature Pharmacy customers were busted and suspended by WWE including guys like Umaga, Edge, Chavo Guerrero and John Morrison himself. This meant WWE had to take the title off Morrison. And who was left to hold it? CM Punk, who gained the title the next week and became the face of ECW.
Lucky Break #4: Jeff Hardy is an addict
After carrying ECW, defending the title against Elijah Burke, The Miz and Big Daddy V, someone backstage gave the order for Punk to lose the title to Chavo Guerrero after the Tony Atlas incident. Apparently, CM Punk was pissed as hell and told everyone about it backstage. That put Punk in the doghouse for a while, but not for long. Punk was in the Money in the Bank ladder match for the second time at WrestleMania 24. Jeff Hardy was booked to win it as he was getting a huge push around this time beating guys like Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels in singles matches. But weeks before the big event, Jeff was busted by the Wellness Policy and had to miss WrestleMania. With Jeff gone, WWE went with Punk to win the briefcase which practically guaranteed him a world title reign. Obviously, there were 6 other guys who could have won that match so Punk being chosen wasn't entirely about luck, but if it weren't for Jeff, he wouldn't have had his shot.
Lucky Break #5: Smackdown moves to MyNetworkTV and takes Triple H with it
As was reported around the time, WWE needed big names for Smackdown's move to SyFy. They took guys like Jeff Hardy, Big Show and Jim Ross so they can push the brand as big as they could. They needed that one big established superstar to take the brand and it was rumored that the choice was between Cena and Triple H. And it was reported that the night before, Triple H decided to go, but by doing so, he took the WWE title with him. That meant Raw was without a World Champion. But CM Punk had the briefcase... A lightbulb lit up in one of the writers' heads and Punk ended up bring the World title to Raw. He had a not-so-great reign, but it was still a lucky break at the beginning of his career.
Lucky Break #6: Vladimir Kozlov wasn't ready
WWE gave Punk a lackluster reign, had him lose the title to Jericho and moved him into the tag team division where he tagged with Kofi Kingston for a while. After that, he stayed in the midcard where he even won the Intercontinental Championship. After that, he lost the title to JBL who would go on to retire at WrestleMania. So where does that leave Punk?
Well, Vladimir Kozlov was getting the Lesnar treatment feuding with Triple H for the WWE title on Smackdown and challenging The Undertaker for WrestleMania. The big story was that Kozlov was supposed to win Money in the Bank and eventually win the world title later in the year. BUT Vince flipped a gasket when one creative team member said "he isn't ready" and loads of others agreed with him. He ranted about them pushing someone before he was ready without saying anything and now they didn't know what to do.
So instead of giving that last spot to Kozlov, they gave it to Finlay instead. The reasoning was that Finlay was a veteran and deserved to be on the show. The thing was that WWE wasn't ready to push anyone in that match. Finlay was too old, Vince didn't like Christian, No one believed in Mark Henry, MVP was a former criminal, Kane was past his prime, and no one believed in Benjamin or Kofi. That left Punk as the default guy to win the briefcase and this was all because WWE lost faith in Vladimir Kozlov.
Lucky Break #7: Jeff Hardy decides to quit
So CM Punk was moved to Smackdown, cashed in on Jeff Hardy, turned heel and gave us feud of the year. Jeff Hardy won the title back at Night of Champions and would have easily stayed champion heading into the fall had it not been because he was quitting. Due to him leaving, WWE gave the title back to CM Punk at SummerSlam and had him retire Jeff Hardy on the following Smackdown. Had it not been for Jeff quitting, Punk could have easily been delegated back to the mid-card.
Lucky Break #8: Commentary!
Punk then had an unlucky break. The Undertaker supposedly told him to "dress like a champion" and Punk told him Cena wears jorts which meant he could wear whatever he wanted. The Undertaker got upset and told management about it which in turn led to Undertaker winning the World title at Hell in a Cell. Punk was delegated back to mid-card where he feuded with R-Truth, Matt Hardy and a few other guys before forming the Straight Edge Society and feuding with Rey Mysterio. Rey pitched an idea for Mania and they both got their Mania match which Rey ended up winning. The feud kept on, Punk lost his hair, then he lost his mask, and then started jobbing to The Big Show for weeks. Then Punk was moved to Raw in exchange for Edge where he stayed on the midcard beating guys like Evan Bourne up. Then his injury happened, but he tells WWE he wants to stick around so they put him on commentary. And what happens? VINCE FALLS IN LOVE WITH HIM. He loves everything Punk says on the microphone and starts telling announcers to be more like Punk. So when Punk is ready to return, Vince gives him the Nexus and has him lead 2011 with a big feud against John Cena. All because he got to sit on the announcer's desk.
Lucky Break #9: Randy Orton's got nothing for WrestleMania
The truth was that even though Orton was champion for most of the year, Cena was always booked as the face of Raw. WWE decided to go with John Cena vs. The Miz for the WWE title at WrestleMania which left Randy Orton with nothing to do. Just like the year before with Rey, Punk went backstage and pitched to Orton a feud based on the punt Randy gave him in 2008. Orton went along with the idea, gave it to management and Punk had his big match at WrestleMania. Punk was still pissed that he wasn't being treated like a star, but he was at least getting big matches due to always being in the right place at the right time. Still, he grew tired with this and decided he wanted to quit...
Lucky Break #10: The Promo heard around the World!
CM Punk told WWE he wanted to quit, but Vince wanted to keep him around. After all, he was a great heel that helped put over his top guys like Rey, Cena and Orton. Still, Punk felt he should have been the one facing Cena at WrestleMania for the title, not Miz. He told Vince that he wasn't being treated right. To prove Punk is that good, Cena pitched to feud with him. Punk becomes #1 Contender and goes on to face John Cena at Money in the Bank, all while his contract is STILL EXPIRING. One day Vince tells him to go out and say why he's quitting, to tell the truth, to say whatever he wanted and he'll cut the mic whenever it gets too rough. And that ladies and gentlemen, was exactly what Punk needed. He went out there, told the truth, and became the internet sensation he is now. Punk became a hot commodity, Vince realized this, knew what he had on his hands and immediately signed him to a lucrative contract. The rest is history and now CM Punk is our WWE Champion.
None of these events would have happened without Punk being trusted and/or respected backstage, but luck had a lot to do with it. He had the talent and they all knew it, but no one really thought he was good enough to be at the top. CM Punk was always that #2 guy. He was #2 behind Chris Benoit to carry ECW, #2 behind Nitro to be ECW Champion, #2 behind Jeff Hardy for the Money in the Bank, he was #2 behind Miz to face Cena at Mania, etc. He was never treated as the best pick for anything, but certain circumstances helped him overcome that and gain titles, pushes and main event spots along the way. He's one lucky man all right, but he deserves that luck more than anyone.
no prob if u disagree ..everyone has its own opinions
Last edited by sshinde555; 12-12-2011 at 11:09 AM.
12-12-2011, 06:08 PM #2
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he is best in the world
12-12-2011, 06:20 PM #3
Your 100% right, Punk deserves the luck. He worked hard enough to earn it. He went thru a lot of hell to get where he is now, and its good that it all payed off in the end.
This was a really good read. Thanks.
12-12-2011, 09:13 PM #4
Suprised 'Taker got pissy with him, he's usually reported as bein one of the best guys in the back to go to with an issue. Maybe he thought Punk was bein *****y or somethin. Ho well.
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12-14-2011, 03:34 AM #8
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that was an interesting read, thanks
12-16-2011, 01:01 PM #9
Thanks but most of them are just made up stories. Like Edge was never a part of ECW so how can he get suspended. He won the MITB because it was good for the story line. Not because Wwe didn't trusted their superstars like Kane or Christan all Wwe Superstars when are under contact with Wwe the can't even do a movie,ad, or Tv series without their permisson. So there is no point of trusting or not trusting.
And I don't believe Punk is a lucky. He has made his way to the top because of his hard work.
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