CM Punk's Stunning Promo

Posted by Grey Monday, July 4, 2011

As they said, Punk is Dead. But is CM Punk's pro-wrestling career dead after his controversial promo last Monday Night Raw?

Hell, we are such a sucker for controversial WWE moments (we meant the right kind, not the Katie Vick kind) that we are totally thrilled by the current direction with regard to the WWE title picture between reigning champion and title contender CM Punk, who incidentally is the reason behind this out-pour of awesomeness seldom witnessed in modern day wrestling.

For those who missed out last week's Monday Night Raw, which incidentally were saddled with the incredibly ludicrous "Power to the People" concept after three consecutive (and extremely exhausting) Raws for the past three weeks, we have embedded below the amazing purportedly "shoot" promo by CM Punk that have rocked the pro-wrestling world.

For those who preferred to read the entire transcript (or you are like us, indulgin ourselves in chewing on the contents incessantly) instead, here's the transcript in its entirety, courtesy of Matt Fowler from IGN:

(Punk sits down at the top of the ramp)

John Cena, while you lay there, hopefully as uncomfortable as you possibly can be, I want you to listen to me. I want you to digest this, because before I leave in three weeks with your WWE Championship, I have a lot of things I wanna get off my chest.

I don't hate you, John. I don't even dislike you. I like you a hell of a lot more than I like most people in the back. I hate... this idea... that you're the best... because you're not. I'm the best. I'm the best in the world. There's one thing you're better at than I am, and that's kissing Vince McMahon's ass. You're as good at kissing Vince's ass as Hulk Hogan was. I don't know if you're as good as Dwayne... he's a pretty good ass-kisser... always was and still is. Oops... I'm breaking the fourth wall. [Punk waves to the camera.] I am the best... wrestler... in the world. I've been the best ever since Day One when I walked into this company, and I've been vilified and hated since that day because Paul Heyman saw something in me that nobody else wanted to admit. That's right, I'm a Paul Heyman guy. You know who else was a Paul Heyman guy? Brock Lesnar... and he split, just like I'm splittin', but the biggest difference between me and Brock is that I'm going to leave with the WWE Championship.

I've grabbed so many of Vincent K. McMahon's imaginary brass rings that it's finally dawned on me that they're just that. They're completely imaginary. The only thing that's real is me, and the fact that day in and day out, for almost six years, I've proved to everybody in the world that I am the best on this microphone, in that ring, and even on commentary. Nobody can touch me. And yet, no matter how many times I prove it, I'm not on your lovely little collectors' cups, I'm not on the cover of the program, I'm barely promoted, I don't get to be in movies, I'm not on any crappy show on the USA Network, I'm not on the poster of WrestleMania, I'm not on the signature that's produced at the start of the show. I'm not on Conan O'Brian, I'm not on Jimmy Fallon, but the fact of the matter is I should be, and trust me, this isn't sour grapes, but the fact that "Dwayne" is in the main event of WrestleMania next year and I'm not makes me sick!

Oh hey, let me get something straight, those of you who are cheering me right now... you are just as big a part of me leaving as anyone else, because you're the ones sipping out of those collector cups right now, you're the ones that buy those programs that my face isn't on the cover of, and then at five in the morning at the airport, you try to shove it in my face thinking you can get an autograph and sell it on eBay because you're too lazy to get a real job.

I'm leaving with the WWE championship on July 17 and hell, who knows, maybe I'll go defend it in New Japan Pro Wrestling... maybe I'll go back to Ring of Honor... [Punk waves to the camera again] hey, Colt Cabana, how you doing? The reason I'm leaving is you people because after I'm gone you're still going to pour money into this company -- I'm just a spoke on the wheel -- the wheel's gonna keep turning. And I understand that... that Vince McMahon's gonna make money despite himself... he's a millionaire who should be a billionaire... you know why he's not a billionaire? It's because he surrounds himself with glad-handing nonsensical [censored] yes-men like John Lauranitis, who's gonna tell him everything he wants to hear... and I'd like to think that maybe this company will be better after Vince McMahon is dead, but the fact is it's gonna get taken over by his idiotic daughter and his doofus son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family.

Let me tell you a personal story about Vince McMahon. You know we do this whole bully campaign...

(Punk's mic gets turned off)

So now, the question on everybody's mind... Is the promo really a an outlash from Punk that was not scripted or was it really a "worked shoot" promo? Before we move on to that, let's see what some other notable figures of the wrestling have to say about the killer promo.

And then there's The Rock.

Still of the opinion that this was an unplanned outburst from Punk after checking out the above opinions?

In our opinion, this is indeed a brilliant worked shoot promo from start to finish with the intention of selling the Money in the Bank PPV. And the fact that this was easily the best promo we have seen in the business for some time almost guarantees the buy rate for the otherwise tame show. For the Cena-haters, WWE has conjured the best frontline for you.

The next question would be: Is CM Punk leaving WWE after July 17th? We truly hope not, but our gut feeling is that he will indeed be leaving WWE given how the current storyline is reminiscent of the way Punk departed from ROH back in 2005. Nevertheless, there are still mileage in this feud (given how it absolutely demolished interests in other up-and-coming heels, i.e. Alberto Del Rio facing Cena at SummerSlam) and chances are, Punk's career prospect might just get rejuvenated with this killer storyline. Punk was subsequently suspended the next day after the promo but has since been reinstated for house shows. With the way the plot developed, we can fully expect some very interesting scenario to occurred at the Money in the Bank PPV. Given the fact that the winner of the Raw MITB match might just challenge the winner of Cena vs. Punk right after the title match, there have been many speculations with regard to the finish. Could we see a revisit to "Montreal Screwjob" finish, or we might just have the MITB winner screwing Punk in order to secure the WWE title (the very same plot twist might just work for Christian as well to further his "screwed out of the title" storyline).

For those still questioning the nature of the promo, you might want to check out the spoiler for tonight's Monday Night Raw (it was taped back-to-back last week), though I will suggest waiting out to enjoy the full suspense of the plot being laid out.


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