CM Punk: Still a “Paul Heyman guy”?

At the conclusion of Raw last Monday, many in the WWE Universe were shocked to see WWE Champion CM Punk, moments after completing his brutal assault on John Cena, driven away from the scene of his attack by Paul Heyman. (WATCH) The mastermind of the Original ECW is best known in WWE circles as the man who brought Brock Lesnar to WWE 10 years ago, and to this day remains Lesnar’s advisor. What most don’t realize, however, is that as the leader of WWE’s reincarnation of ECW in June 2006, Heyman was also responsible for giving Punk his opportunity to debut on WWE TV in New York City and receive a standing ovation and “CM Punk” chants.

Simply put, Punk was “a Paul Heyman guy” long before he debuted in WWE’s ECW. After years of competing in independent promotions and building a reputation as a tough-as-nails non-conformist, Punk was signed to a WWE developmental contract and assigned to Louisville, Ky., home of then-WWE developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling. It was then and there that Paul Heyman – who at that point was creating future Superstars for WWE – immediately formed the opinion that Punk had the “it” factor.

Punk looked nothing like WWE main-eventers of the time, which included Cena, Randy Orton, The Undertaker and Triple H. Yet Paul Heyman stuck to his convictions. He had always stated that “talent is talent, size is not talent, and a competitor need not both to be World Champion.” Heyman took that same approach when he recruited Mexican free agents Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio for the Original ECW. These two future WWE World Champions were deemed too small by WWE in the mid-1990s, until they eventually proved that everyone was incorrect. That is, everyone but Paul Heyman.

Fast forward to July 11, 2011, and the infamous “pipe bomb” promo that CM Punk detonated live on Monday Night Raw. Fearlessly shooting straight, Punk unleashed his opinions of WWE’s top stars like John Cena, as well as WWE owners, the McMahon family. In the middle of an unforgettable tirade that ended only because WWE cut his microphone, Punk proudly declared, “I’m a Paul Heyman guy.” (WATCH) He did this because Heyman’s multiple disagreements with WWE management over the years had made him persona non grata, and Punk knew that pledging his allegiance to Heyman would further enrage the establishment.

Proving the adage that you can never say “never” in wrestling and WWE, when Paul Heyman returned to WWE as Brock Lesnar’s legal representative last May, it was @CMPunk who broke the news to the world via Twitter, proclaiming to his 1 million followers:

Okay. I’m having a blast with this. Here he is. The man. MY man. And he’s headed to the ring….

With Brock Lesnar once again gone from WWE after successfully completing his mission of breaking Triple H’s arm and making him tap out at SummerSlam, it’s evident that Paul Heyman needs an outlet for his insatiable thirst to create anarchy. Who better to latch himself on to than CM Punk, an old friend who wants to earn respect while tearing down the WWE establishment – and doing so as the WWE Champion, no less?

6 Comments on “CM Punk: Still a “Paul Heyman guy”?”

  1. To me you are the best in the world. And no matter what happens, always will be. Make completely changed the view of the wwe completely, that had not been seen before. I support you punk.

  2. Cm Punk, you only need yourself to be your motivator, cheerleader, and to be in your corner. Do ya thing.

  3. I take pleasure in, lead to I discovered just what I was looking for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  4. Ok, let me explain something here becoz appearently alot of people dont get it, when a match ends in a double-pinfall draw the referee then declares the wwe champion still the winner. the ppv only goes for about two hours people and they probably diidnt want to re-start the match over again thus declaring a double-pinfall draw. Thats my understanding. And as far as punk hitting cena with the belt b4 he left the ring well, if cena STILL wont give punk respect then punk retialeated (spellcheck there) the way he saw fit. Everytime punk shows respect or @least tries to and cena refuses to give it back, WHY should punk continue to be nice in return? Huh? Its only fair. Im on punk’s side. I understand him. Im just saying.

  5. hey punk ,u have wwe champ title that makes u best wrestler of wwe.u don’t need others confession specially who don’t have this.ppl love to watch u.I am also ur fan but it’s very disappointing when u get provoked by others ..

  6. nice to see you working with heyman again… and it will be awsome if you join brock lesnar to create the best tag team of wwe history…

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