I’m glad that they took time to talk about some of the things that help build the legacy of CM Punk, namely his work with Colt Cabana, Chris Hero, Samoa Joe and my all time favorite, Raven. I also love the fact that they showed why Punk is a “Paul Heyman Guy” by letting both men explain how Heyman taught him some of the ropes and how Paul fought for Punk to be who he is and not be changed. Had Heyman stayed in charge of WWE’s resurrection of ECW, the brand would have benefited from having Punk as Champion.
Although from a business perspective it was an understandable decision, the one fall back of the DVD is that it never talked about his stop in TNA. They touched on the scramble match where CM Punk lost the belt without having to be in the match. And they even leak the reason why the move was made. What impressed me was the fact that Triple H was very honest about a lot of things that he was asked to talk about.
Let me say this…Punk is a Grand Slam Champion in WWE. That grand slam build was highlighted by Punk’s program with William Regal, a man who I feel deserved an opportunity to be a top dog for the company. If you wonder how good Regal is, don’t just watch his matches with Punk, but watch his matches with Bryan.
Another feud highlighted on the DVD was his work with Jeff Hardy. In this feud you really saw a lot more of the talent that Punk had in his Indie run. The work with Hardy brought the Heel Punk into the WWE. Where we saw the beginnings of the Straight Edge run that had him feuding with Big Show and Rey Mysterio. The Hardy Feud helped establish Punk and they talked about it. Punk’s promos were on target and got him the heat he needed. Hardy/Punk had tones from Punk/Raven, but on a larger scale. And it opened the eyes of the Front Office in the WWE.
Even though Punk eventually dropped the strap to Taker, Taker ended up vouching for Punk due to the incredible match ups they had over the belt. Even with that endorsement and opening the eyes of some Front Office staff, Punk still didn’t have the backing that he deserved.
What made me respect Punk a lot more was the fact that they touched on the fact that his SES stable was composed of friends that he had made that he wanted to see do well. A touching story is how Punk bought Joey Mercury’s house to save it from going into foreclosure. It makes me wish WWE decision makers had allowed the SES to remain together for a longer time, because they had the potential to become a great stable.
Punk admitted that what cut him deep was the fact that Miz was given the nod, when Punk felt he was the better “bad guy” in the company. Which carries into the contact ending issue that came up before the big Punk explosion. He was tired of the hoops he had to jump through without being giving the proper respect that he had earned. I found it interesting that Daniel Bryan was apart of this, due to the fact that he somewhat is in the same spot as Punk.
On his second to last TV show, the writers gave him a mic and told him to air his issues. Thus prompting the pipe-bomb heard around the world and what turned into the greatest moment that he and the WWE had in a very, very long time.
Let me ask you something. Since Austin 3:16, when have you heard a promo delivered to the point where you can see the face of the sport changing. Where you are sitting there and wondering if it was a real work or shoot. He made wrestling relevant for the first time in a long while.
The fact they talked about what exactly made him change his mind about leaving the WWE was great. At the end, this DVD is a great watch for not just Punk fans, but wrestling fans. For those who want to get a closer look at who exactly Punk is…watch the DVD. Especially for the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off nod.