In this piece we take a look back at (and by we I mean I, cluelessdrummer) look back at one of the best pieces of story telling in the past 10 years of wrestling. This is arguably my favourite story line of all time.
Setting aside the fact that CM Punk is one of my favourite wrestlers of all time, this is still one of the greatest pieces of story telling I have ever witnessed in the WWE, and I have been watching wrestling for 19 years ( I am 24 this year, and have been watching wrestling since I was 5). This match is part of the Summer of Punk 2011 story line. It was the culmination of some fantastic
This story began in the summer of 2011 when CM Punk cut a promo which to any wrestling fan is known as the shoot promo. The link to which can be found below.
This is the promo that started it all. This it the promo that started the summer of Punk. The idea behind this story line was that CM Punk (Phil Brooks as he is called in real life) was growing tired of the way he was being treated in the WWE. He had one a number one contenders match to face then WWE Champion John Cena for the WWE Title at Money in the Bank 2011 in Chicago (the home town of CM Punk). One night he took it upon himself (per story line) to cut a promo about how he felt he was being treated, which can be seen in the link above.
Punk was threatening for weeks to leave the WWE as WWE champion on July 17th when his contract ended. He held the company over a barrel for weeks. This lead to the contract signing in the link above between himself and the Chairman of the WWE Vince McMahon. It was one of the greatest segments WWE has produced in years. I would love to elaborate more on both the above segments, but I hope people will watch them.
July 17th in the All State Arena in Chicago Illinois is where it all went down. CM Punk claiming to be the voice of the voiceless, the voice of all who have been fired for no reason from the WWE faced off against then WWE Champion John Cena. The idea was that if CM Punk won, he would leave the WWE as its Champion and disappear with the title. The reaction from the home town crowd was ridiculous. To say the crowd was partisan would be an understatement. The reaction to CM Punk’s entrance was deafening to say the least. Check it out below to see what I am talking about.
I would honestly love to go into great detail about this match, and how great it was, but I feel that I would be taking away from how good it was and that I would love for anyone reading this to watch the match itself which I will link now.
It was a wrestling clinic to say the least anyway. It was a real back and forth match. The action was straight up big fight feel, it was a literally, who is gonna win this match kind of atmosphere. You couldn’t tell at times who was going to come out on top. Yet the crowd were so split down the middle, you could cut the tension with a knife it was that intense. Ultimately there can only be one winner.
I would love to post the image I really want to post right now, but I do not want to ruin it for any none wrestling fans that may end up watching the match. I would love to say the words I am writing now are doing it justice, but they really aren’t this is one of those things that seeing is believing. The atmosphere, the crowd reaction, the pressure, and the magnitude of the match, it is really one of the greatest story lines the WWE have told in a good number of years, and certainly one I won’t forget for as long as I live.