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Old 03-08-2013, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

What is your opinion on CM Punk's first world title reign? Back in 2008 he had the chance to main event on RAW with the world title.
btw Summer 2008 was awful period for RAW - Cena, Orton and Batista were injured, Triple H was on Smackdown.
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Default Re: CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

Bad. He really did nothing with the title. And, he wasn't even taken the least bit serious. Having your only clean win come over JBL is not impressive. Shit, Cena accidentally hitting Batista was seen as more important than anything he was doing. Also, he never even really lost the title. He got attacked and had to forfeit it. The best thing about his reign was him cashing in. Everything after that was "eh".
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Default Re: CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

Punk's and other people's thoughts on this reign are covered well in his DVD. Even Punk and everyone backstage thought it was a shitty reign because the title was never in the main event. And I agree. It was like Punk was handed the belt simply because they felt they 'owed him one.' But once he had the strap he was never in the main event and always overshadowed by other guys.

To be fair, I don't think Punk was ready for the world title on Raw at that point and they really rushed giving him a run. You can see that since they let him win MITB again the next year. But yes overall it was a pretty awful reign. Plus, he didn't even get the chance to defend the belt at Unforgiven since they had Orton punt him in the head. And that didn't even lead to a feud! Awful booking.
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Bad. Even punk said his world title reigns weren't clicking and getting over.
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Default Re: CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

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Punk's and other people's thoughts on this reign are covered well in his DVD. Even Punk and everyone backstage thought it was a shitty reign because the title was never in the main event. And I agree. It was like Punk was handed the belt simply because they felt they 'owed him one.' But once he had the strap he was never in the main event and always overshadowed by other guys.

To be fair, I don't think Punk was ready for the world title on Raw at that point and they really rushed giving him a run. You can see that since they let him win MITB again the next year. But yes overall it was a pretty awful reign. Plus, he didn't even get the chance to defend the belt at Unforgiven since they had Orton punt him in the head. And that didn't even lead to a feud! Awful booking.
Actually, it did.. 3 years later. :X
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Default Re: CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

Going by memory, I think he wasn't ready. It was the aura of a mid-carder holding the title, something like Jericho in 2001-2002, which is not a good thing.

They didn't let him go over any top-stars (unless JBL counts for one). He fought Batista a few times, and each time it ended by interference or something.

If Punk was ready for The Show, he would have beaten Batista, at least once.

Punk's 2009 reign, when he cashed in against Hardy, was much better. After that reign, he was a solid main-eventer.
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Default Re: CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

Bad. I was glad that he was world champ, but it was a forgettable reign with nothing memorable happening.
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Pretty shit and it was way too soon for him. JBL saved it a little, with some great promos, but otherwise quite forgettable.
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Default Re: CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

Bad, through no fault of his own.
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Default Re: CM Punk 2008 WHC reign - good or bad?

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Actually, it did.. 3 years later. :X
Lol, exactly. That punt should have lead to an immediate feud.
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