Whether C.M. Punk is toying with the internet fans, or it’s his way of telling them good-bye, his imminent departure from WWE is a retelling of his ROH departure storyline 6 years ago. Back in 2005, despite accepting a deal with WWE, C.M. Punk went on to defeat Austin Aries for the ROH World Championship on June 18, 2005 at Death Before Dishonor III. Once he had the championship in his grasp, Punk proceeded to threaten the ROH officials, ROH locker room, as well as ROH fans that he would bring the ROH World Title to WWE with him. He even went as far as to sign his WWE contract on the ROH World Title.
C.M. Punk this past Monday stated that his WWE contract would end the midnight leading to June 18, 2011, making his WWE Championship match against John Cena at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view his final match. He claimed that not only would that be his final match, but that he will win the WWE Championship and leave WWE with it.
C.M. Punk tweeted the following, “I knew I was gone at the beginning of the year. I just woke up one day and I knew. That’s the way I work a lot of the time. I think it’s creepy too, but it’s really helpful. I knew I’d be history by July. Come say goodbye on July 17th. I promise to go out with a bang. Trust me. XxX”
Now, check out his Live Journal post from 2005, as Punk was set to leave ROH: “Heart of the Devil” or “Goodbye Blue and White.“
The Live Journal entry was written two days before winning the ROH World Title, so could this be Punk’s way of letting the fans know that he will indeed become the WWE Champion?
Many fans have focused on this particular storyline from 2005, but there is a part two. It wasn’t until August 12, 2005 in Dayton, OH, when Punk lost the title to James Gibson (Jamie Noble) in a four corner elimination match consisting of also Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels. On the following night, C.M. Punk wrestled his final scheduled ROH match against long-time friend Colt Cabana in a two out of three falls match, which he lost. That match took place in his hometown of Chicago Ridge, IL.
So while it is still possible that C.M. Punk will capture the WWE Championship, the name of the pay-per-view is Money in the Bank, which means that whoever holds the Raw briefcase can cash in and take the title away from him. And seeing as the event is taking place in Rosemont, IL, it’s safe to bet that this is what will transpire.
Harry Burkett, columnist for Pro Wrestling Illustrated, cites that Punk’s decision to leave WWE could be: creative frustration and burnout from the WWE grind.
Creatively, Punk has been underutilized since the ending of his third World Heavyweight Championship reign back at the end of 2009. His atrocious string of pay-per-view loses since 2009 can attest to that. And while many WWE fans have been hoping for a dream match-up at WrestleMania against Stone Cold Steve Austin — both have traded repartees on twitter and most recently on Raw — this may never come to pass.
As for the ROH hopefuls, a feud against Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) may never come to pass either. The closest to this would be the first five minutes of the Royal Rumble match from this year.
So whatever happens: In Punk, I trust.
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