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WWE Superstar Of The Year: CM Punk

When it comes to professional wrestling, 2011 will forever be synonymous with CM Punk. The man went from a solid mid-carder that couldn’t seem to find his way, to being a certified main event caliber Superstar. It almost didn’t happen though. The first few months of the year, Punk was the leader of a group of low-level mid-carders known as The New Nexus. While Punk did a great job of leading the group by being a sadistic dictator, his career was stuck in neutral. He developed an entertaining rivalry with John Cena that was dropped almost as soon as it began. He was then stuck in a program with Randy Orton in which he lost all of their encounters. It was no secret that CM Punk’s contract was expiring and that the WWE was jobbing him out in order to weaken his star status had he chosen to leave the company. Punk went on record saying that he was burnt out and all he wanted to do was go back to Chicago and just sit around all day in order to charge his proverbial batteries. Fans started rumors saying Punk was going back to ROH or New Japan and as the days went by it seemed like Punk was genuinely done with the WWE.

Then something happened. Something truly special and rare.

CM Punk was allowed to use his real life contract dispute as a storyline. WWE had struck gold. On 6/27/11 CM Punk cut one of the most epic promos of all-time. A promo that changed the landscape of the WWE. In a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin T-shirt, Punk questioned authority, John Cena’s standing in the company, name checked ass kissers and douchebag yes men, mentioned New Japan, shouted out Colt Cabana, called Triple H a doofus, wondered why he wasn’t on collector cups, posters, magazine covers, late night talk shows, and ice cream bars, but more importantly, he said that the WWE would be better off after Vince McMahon’s death. Only one word could describe such a promo and that word is EPIC. In 2011 CM Punk had his 3:16 moment. A career defining moment. WWE could no longer ignore Punk or his contractual demands and they eventually came to an agreement.

Of course the agreement was signed, sealed, and delivered behind closed doors so when the Money In The Bank PPV came around and CM Punk had a WWE Championship Match against John Cena in Chicago, fans didn’t know what to expect, especially when you consider that Punk’s contract was set to expire that very night. Punk gained so much respect for the way he was carrying himself heading into the PPV that he was forced to turn face. Punk won the match and became THE MAN. He left the WWE, for a week, but in that week he had everybody talking and wondering what his next move was going to be.

Since then, Punk has gone on to defy authority. He also sparked a new revolution in the WWE which has seen Daniel Bryan capture the World Heavyweight Championship and Zack Ryder capture the United States Championship. Without Punk leading the way and changing the game those guys might still be stuck in mid-card purgatory. From being a mid-carder to being a two-time WWE Champion and arguably one of the most popular professional wrestlers in the world, it is safe to say that CM Punk is WWE’s Superstar of the year.

2011 was the year of the Punk and if you don’t like it then CM Punk has three words for ya:

  1. December 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Just ………..yes! Need I say more?

    • December 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Lol, I guess that about sums it up. I was THIS CLOSE to naming John Cena the WWE Superstar of the year just to piss people off on purpose, but I’m trying to be as honest as possible with all my picks.

      • December 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        lol I see your good old attitude is starting to come back more and more each week 😀 Kind of missed it tbh lol

        Have you ever watched Davey Richards or Eddie Edwards wrestle? Those guys are fucking class!

        • December 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm

          All my posts for tomorrow are all fucked the fuck up but today will be the more legit stuff, lol. I’ve seen Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards wrestle over the ROH Television title when ROH was on HDnet. They are both amazing talents. Haven’t really seen any ROH since they changed networks though. I used to be a big fan. It just doesn’t come on in my area.

          • December 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

            Yea they are amazing! Don’t know why WWE haven’t signed them up! Same here, I don’t really like what they are doing since they made the change to the network so stopped watching it really.

            • December 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

              They would embarrass most of the WWE roster wrestling wise. WWE would water them down though. I’m still waiting for Tyler Black to debut in the WWE. He’s been stuck in FCW for over a year now.

              • December 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

                Yea, it’s sad he’s been there for a year now. He needs to be on RAW or SD, preferably SD…feud with Bryan eventually I’m hoping.

        • December 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

          Oh yeah, good stuff on your Cena article:


  2. Rob
    December 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I told you CM Punk does not suck. This was his year.

    • December 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      Yes it was. I still think he has lost some of the edge he had to him in the summer, but he’s still the man.

  3. Capt. Smooth
    December 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Yeah, he’s the star over the year. WWE is really deep in guys who you could put a big belt on.

    • December 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Alot of people have stepped up their overall game in 2011. The midcard never seemed more solid than it does now.

      • Capt. Smooth
        December 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm

        Can’t wait for next year!

        • December 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm

          2012 is set to be a breakout year for a few midcarders, especially if Orton’s injury creates a demand for new faces on Smackdown.

          • Capt. Smooth
            December 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

            Orton’s what the “It Begins” thing is about. lol

  4. Capt. Smooth
    December 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    WTF?!? Lmmfao. Damn.

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    • December 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      I still haven’t seen it. I should Netflix it.

      • Capt. Smooth
        December 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

        Good movie.

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