Who would have thought back in 09 when Shane McMahon left the WWE after a feud with Legacy that I'd be watching WWE every Monday night again? Back during the Monday Night Wars, I prefered Nitro because I loved the focus on wrestling. Fast forward almost 10 years later and I couldn't make myself watch RAW. I watched one time when the A-Team was on because I could not wait for the movie to come out.
Then I hear on the 'net that Triple H was coming back as the COO of WWE. Being a Shane McMahon fan, I was interested to see what Hunter had to say and see how the fans reacted. Like a John Cena promo, the fast forward on my DVR won out and I missed most of Hunter's return promo. When I stopped fast forwarding I wondered why Hunter was talking to someone that wasn't there. I had no idea that Ron Killings had become nuts. I would have probably stopped watching again shortly after I saw the Hunter stuff was boring but a skinny guy with a very big mouth caught my attention.
I have never been a John Cena fan. Who can blame me? The first time I saw Cena wrestle was at Vengeance 2003. So I rooted for Punk and then I started listening to his promos and went wow this guy is well rounded and fantastic! I didn't get ROH and when Punk was in TNA they were only PPV shows. I watched him briefly during his feud with Matt Hardy but I didn't get Smackdown or if I did I wasn't watching it. I'd seen a picture of CM Punk in 05 during his original summer of Punk and thought, this guy looks bad in a suit. I saw him on TV during the Chris Benoit memorial RAW and thought: Oh that's the guy who was to lose to Benoit at Vengeance. So as you can see, I wasn't a bandwagon fan. I just never had a chance to see Punk.
Punk made WWE fun again. I enjoyed all of his promos and have watched many of his indy matches, his shoot interviews (not just the ones that take place on a Las Vegas stage), and his DVD which may have gotten worn out from watching it so many times. I'm a huge CM Punk fan.
If Punk loses tonight, well that's the WWE's own stupidity. If Punk wins tonight, it'll be a sign of how much faith the company has in a guy who turned the wrestling world upside down on 6/27/11.
Here's hoping Punk will be sitting on the Vegas stage with the title over his shoulder tomorrow.