CM Punk doesn’t fit the archetypal definition of a handsome guy. He’s a little too rough around the edges, a little too unwashed. But he doesn’t fit the archetypal definition of a WWE Champion either — and that’s exactly his appeal.
Perhaps the most counterculture Superstar WWE has ever promoted, Punk looks like the toughest guy at a Rancid concert and that punk rock aesthetic has made The Straight Edge Savior the alternative answer to clean-cut Superstars like John Cena. With his torso covered in tattoos and a take no prisoners attitude, Punk probably isn’t the type of guy you’d want your sister dating. But that isn’t going to stop him from doing it.
It may have been the most contentious ending to a Survivor Series main event since Mr. McMahon changed the course of WWE history 15 years ago on a cold Montreal night.
In a turn of events that floored the WWE Universe, CM Punk retained his WWE Title against Ryback and John Cena in a Triple Threat Match when WWE NXT competitors Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns hit the ring and brutalized Ryback. Swarming the mighty beast like a pack of vicious jackals, the three young stars of WWE’s developmental territory smashed Ryback through an announce table and allowed The Straight Edge Savior to pin Cena and sneak away with his championship. (FULL RESULTS) But why did Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns target the human wrecking ball? And was their support of CM Punk intentional?
Those questions were posed by outraged WWE fans across all of social media moments after the outrageous outcome of WWE’s fall classic, but answers were harder to come by. After all, CM Punk and his nauseating underling Paul Heyman had hightailed it out of Indianapolis as soon as they got their grubby hands on their golden prize. But who wouldn’t point fingers at this loathsome pair?
Sure, Punk was quick to disassociate himself from Brad Maddox, the fame-obsessed former WWE official who helped him defeat Ryback at WWE Hell in a Cell in a desperate attempt to get on Mr. McMahon’s radar. But few believed that The Straight Edge Superstar had no prior connection to this slimy hanger-on, which will make it all the more difficult for the WWE Champion to wash his hands of these three thugs.
So why did the WWE NXT competitors do what they did? Was it an anti-Ryback-centric plot designed to target the destructive Superstar and make the boldest possible statement? Much the same way that the villainous Nexus battered Cena more than two years ago, these new faces may have sought to make a similar impact at the expense of the fastest rising star in WWE. More than that, the trio could have arrived just to raise hell in WWE. If they can disrupt the final contest of one of WWE’s biggest events, what else are they capable of?
It’s impractical to ignore the power of Punk’s influence. The Voice of the Voiceless long ago proved he was capable of leading wayward Superstars when he captained The Straight Edge Society in 2010. If any competitor is capable of bending young minds to meet his needs, it is CM Punk.
Or maybe Paul Heyman is the one to blame. Infamous for guiding his ragtag ECW roster like a charismatic cult leader, the mad genius has gained a reputation for earning the loyalty of a small group of competitors known as “Paul Heyman guys.” CM Punk admitted to being one. So did Brock Lesnar. Is it possible that Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are, in fact, “Paul Heyman guys?”
For now, all we can do is speculate. But one thing is for certain, when Punk and Heyman arrive in Dayton, Ohio for Monday’s Raw, they will have a lot of explaining to do.
As for Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins? Answers may await at 8/7 PM CT on USA.