Not too many moons ago, Punk wasn’t going to be allowed on WWE TV but, fortunately for him, OVW (the then equivalent to NXT) manager Paul Heyman seen something in Punk that Punk claims “nobody else wanted to admit”.
By Ryan Flynn – @ryryflynn
The creative refused to believe he was good. He wasn’t the prototype, but people loved him. He made a name for himself as King of The Indies and was a very entertaining wrestler both on mic and in the ring.
After a while Paul Heyman was made manager of WWE’s rebranding of ECW and, with that, Heyman gave Punk a major break and a push as ECW Champion.
Fast forward a few years, through two Money In The Bank wins, two World Heavyweight Championship reigns and things still aren’t good with CM Punk and the creative team.
One of the things many people claim to have excelled Punk to the top was his promos in the lead up to a championship match with John Cena at Money In The Bank, in Punk’s home state of Illinois.
The promos were based around CM Punk’s backstage problems with the management and how much he wanted change in the company. This was true because of the pipebombs and use of kayfabe.
After the promos were over, and CM Punk beat John Cena to win the WWE Championship, Punk left through jumping the barricade, blowing Vince McMahon a kiss and walking through the home state crowd. It was iconic.
After that pay per view CM Punk finally put pen to paper for a three-year-deal. That deal is now set to expire.
As of yet Punk has not signed another contract, which is very rare for a major player entering the last six months of his contract.
What will happen to the voice of the voiceless? Is he leaving? Is this just to put more legitimacy to another great promo-based storyline? Is he genuinely still unhappy with how things are going?
Only time will tell but if he doesn’t sign a contract sometime soon, we could see the problem(s) aired on WWE TV. With the contract expiring in July it looks like June 2014’s “Payback” in Illinois could be Punk’s last pay per view.
And it will be one to watch.