WWE.com: Has CM Punk aligned with Paul Heyman?

Well, he did say he was a “Paul Heyman guy.”

That, right from the get-go, was what WWE Champion CM Punk described himself as. “That’s right, I’m a Paul Heyman guy,” right there in the middle of the “pipe bomb” monologue (WATCH) that changed his destiny as a Superstar and foreshadowed his run as WWE Champion. Punk identified with Heyman because the mad scientist “saw something” in The Second City Saint that nobody else seemed to acknowledge. He went to bat for Punk when nobody else seemed to want to, and he helped Punk get his foot in the door of WWE, igniting the spark that eventually grew into the cult of personality wildfire that surrounds Punk today.

Of course, that may have been a different Heyman, and this may be a different CM Punk. Perhaps Punk was always a “Paul Heyman guy,” but their paths have been so divergent of late it’s surprising to say the least that Heyman was The Voice of the Voiceless’ mystery driver, escorting Punk from the scene of the Falls Count Anywhere Match he so ruthlessly hijacked. (WATCH) Punk has been on a one-man quest for respect he feels he’s owed, beating down beloved WWE icons like John Cena and Jerry Lawler in an attempt to forcibly extract vindication from them when they wouldn’t give it of their own accord.

Heyman, on the other hand, has been entirely preoccupied with Brock Lesnar since returning to WWE after a five-and-a-half-year absence. He’s got his hands full with the full-time litigious nature of The Anomaly (there are still a couple of lawsuits pending if we remember correctly), and recently achieved arguably his greatest victory in this regard when Lesnar defeated Triple H via tap out at SummerSlam. Heyman has been joined to Brock at the hip since the duo reunited earlier this spring, and hasn’t so much as been in the same room as Punk as far as we can tell.

So the question is, why team up now, if they’re even teaming up at all? Surely it’s not unheard of for Heyman to give his old buddy Punk a lift to and from the arena. That doesn’t mean they’re in cahoots.

But then again, when do Punk and Heyman ever do anything by coincidence? Punk wants respect, and if there’s anybody who knows about earning respect, it would be Heyman. We don’t have to recite the entire ECW saga to illustrate the magnitude of Heyman’s achievements, or the obstacles he overcame. And if Punk’s latest bid for respect involves dismantling WWE’s status quo — beating down Lawler; robbing Cena of a victory — well, then, who better to ally with than the man who helped conquer WWE COO Triple H? (WATCH: LESNAR THE CONQUEROR)

CM Punk is his own man, and always has been. We know this much. But if the ends justify the means (and with CM Punk, the ends always justify the means) we suppose you can be your own man and still be somebody else’s “guy,” in the process.

10 Comments on “WWE.com: Has CM Punk aligned with Paul Heyman?”

  1. Cm punk is the it wrestler of today! He’s the best wwe champion the wwe has had in years! Best in the world! I love cm punk too. He’s also a trend setter in style as well. Cm punk is ALWAYS entertaining whether he’s face or heel.

  2. its like he’s got a split personality one minute he’s confident and calm then the next minute aggressive and dark if i were in this position i’d know how to comfort him when he feels alone

  3. Punk and Heyman go way back… Renewing old alliances works for now.. Imagine a CM Punk & Brock Lesnar tag team… Unstoppable.

  4. CM Punk and Brock might be unstoppable, but then again both men seem to be Type “A” personalities. To work in a team, one must be willing to work for the team and not do what they want to do for themselves. I think Brock and Punk…”Brunk”? would want to follow their own respective agendas. With Heyman on Punk’s side though, whewee, there’s gonna be some mad stuff happening.

  5. A Brock/Punk team-up would be both awesome and short-lived, given the personalities and egos at play. I see it beginning as an unstoppable force that’ll devastate everyone in its path, perhaps even with a Tag Team title run, but then trouble will probably develop as they become distrustful, jealous, and start trying to use each other, culminating in a breakdown despite Paul’s best efforts to keep them together and eventually ending with a PPV match or two. Either way, it’ll be a good route to take, as Brock definitely needs a good storyline to keep him interesting beyond beating up the big names, and this’ll definitely give him a lot of onscreen credibility as an actual superstar rather than a PPV treat.

    Also coincidentally enough, rumors have been flying around that since Brock’s contract expires next Wrestlemania, his opponent then will be the Rock, whom Punk is en route to feud with come Royal Rumble, so perhaps they could do something with that?

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