Re: CM Punk: was he shoved down our throats in the past year?
No, CM Punk was definitely not shoved down our throats in 2012. In complete honesty, Punk needed more emphasis on him in 2012, more than what he got anyway.
In 2012, CM Punk was definitely a top star. But he always played 2nd fiddle to John Cena. CM Punk was the WWE Champion the entire year: did he main event Wrestlemania with Jericho? No. Did John Cena? Yes. Now this is in no way CM Punk's fault as Vince and creative simply booked more of John Cena's matches as the main event. It's gotten to the point where Cena is bigger than the WWE Championship. He doesn't need it anymore. Punk has done more with this single title reign than Cena has done with multiple.
Back on topic, Punk didn't main event Elimination Chamber, he didn't main event Wrestlemania, he didn't main event Extreme Rules, Over the Limit, No Way Out, Money in the Bank, or Summerslam. Until Punk turned heel, he didn't main event any PPV's. You want to know who main evented all those other shows other than Summerslam? John Cena.
I think I rest my case.