“CM Punk!” “CM Punk!” “CM Punk!” If you’ve watched WWE on t.v. or attended a live show over the past 5 years, odds are you’ve heard that chant numerous times. It’s one of the most persistent in WWE history, and for good reason. CM Punk is the indie darling who defied all the odds and somehow made it to the top of a company where he wasn’t really wanted. He’s a former WWE Champion, Intercontinental Champion, ECW Champion, and the only two time winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match. Furthermore, he’s a legend on the independent wrestling circuit thanks to his success in the early days of Ring of Honor. By the time he left WWE in 2014, Punk had made himself into one of the most legendary names in the company’s history, but things weren’t always that way for the “Straight Edge Superstar.” Before becoming the hottest star in pro wrestling, CM Punk was an afterthought to the mainstream wrestling fan at best. He had already successfully cashed in Money in the Bank twice to become World Champion. However, for some odd reason, fans weren’t flocking to the charismatic Punk like they should have been. He had a following of loyal fans, but apparently not enough for the WWE‘s top brass to seriously consider him for their top spot. On one fateful night in 2011 though, CM Punk would no longer be content with his place in the background. He’d take matters into his own hands, and successfully rock the wrestling world to its very core, jump starting this current “golden age” of wrestling we’re lucky enough to live in.
I’m Wesly Avendano. Life long wrestling fan from a small town in Southern California. Writing and wrestling are two of my passions so why not combine them and see what happens. I’m currently the host of Flashback Wrestling Podcast. Favorite all time wrestler is a tie Bret Hart. Favorite current wrestler is AJ Styles. Don’t forget to follow me, and the Flashback Wrestling Podcast on Twitter @fbwpodcast and Instagram @flashbackwrestling.