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QOTD #34: CM Punk



Today’s Question: CM Punk stated he won’t be back. What’s your favorite CM Punk moment? (And in the interest of varied discussion, let’s exclude the Pipe Bomb and MITB match)

We’ll be hearing from ROH and WWE fans alike, I’m sure. Kick it off now by heading to the bottom, or stick around to discuss yesterday’s topic.


I’m 32-years old. I’m likely not halfway through my life; but that hasn’t stopped me from feeling like an old fogey on a lot of days. And it seems I’m not alone…

Darren X: Playing any kind of sports. I'm really big into running every Summer - to get back into shape - and it just gets so much harder to get past the aches and pains. Kinda makes you wonder how guys like Ric Flair and Jerry Lawler can do this in their 50s.

I need a day to recover every year after my wife and I head to the New York State Fair. We cover the grounds several times over a 12 hour period, and last year I was wearing a pedometer that figured I walked over 25 kilometers for the entire day. My knees simply can’t take a pounding like that anymore.

WCW1987: WWE just had WrestleMania 30.

Not to mention, the host was a confused out of touch Hulk Hogan, who had to be led through his spots by retired (!) legends Steve Austin and The Rock. Steve Austin hasn’t wrestled in 11 years. What … the … hell?

Brian MacLeod: There are TONS of examples of things that make me feel old. One of the most recent was this year's Wimbledon finals. On the men's side, Federer and Djokovic are coached by Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, who I vividly remember battling for the Wimbledon title three straight years from '88-'90. Their rivalry was one of the biggest factors in solidifying my love of tennis, and to see their careers (and, to a certain extent, their lives) come full circle like that made me feel terribly old. On the women's side, it was the first time a grand slam final featured two participants born in the NINETIES!!! That's just messed up... Oh, and my apologies to any tennis purists on the blog for not using the terms "gentlemen's" and "ladies'" when referring to the Wimbledon finals...

I grew up on Atlanta Braves baseball. My parents were die-hard Expos fans, and there was no way I could possibly root for the same team as them, and TBS had all the Braves games all the time. While I can remember the horrific teams of the late 80’s, I of course lived and died by the dynasty of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz. Most importantly though, Chipper Jones was the first ballplayer I ever latched on to as “my favorite”, and I followed him from the start of his career to the end. So not only am I old enough to remember watching one players’ whole career, but half the league is managed by dudes I grew up on. Kirk Gibson, Walt Weiss, Matt Williams, Mike Matheny, Robin Ventura … hell, I remember the outrage when Bud Black signed his ridiculous 4-year, $10 million dollar deal in 1991 with the Giants. And all these guys are managers? For god sakes, Mark Prior is working in the front office of the Padres! And he didn’t even start pitching in the majors until I started working with my current employer. Jesus!

Extant1979: You know what makes me feel old? The fucking staff of 20-something minions who work for me. They don't get any references to classic movies, music or TV shows. One of the girls (who recently left) didn't know who Pearl Jam and Beck are. Having to explain references to The Princess Bride or the Breakfast Club or any number of other things that I grew up with kills me and makes me wish I worked with proper minions.

I needed to hire a number of new employees last winter, and as part of the background check I had to gather some information. I constantly received 1993 and 1994 as birth-years – making me wonder “I’m HIRING people who were born AFTER Saved By The Bell went off the air?” To your point Extant, I deal with your issue constantly. When Breaking Bad finished, I was trying to talk one of my younger employees into watching it. It was hard enough when he told me that his favorite show as a young kid was “Malcolm In The Middle” and he wasn’t sure he could take Bryan Cranston seriously, but when I tried to overcome that by using the Al Bundy parallel to Modern Family, he asked me “who’s Al Bundy?” He had never even heard of Married With Children.

DrFacts: The kids that are now considered teenagers were born when WCW went out of business. I really need to get my AARP card now after thinking about that.

WCW went out of business about a month before I graduated from college. There are teenagers roaming the planet that were born AFTER I last saw the inside of a classroom. You aren’t helping me, DrFacts!

Chris Hirsch: My 17 year old brothers make me feel old and all the crap you have to do to play video games now. Back in my day you put a cartridge in and were good to go. Now to play GTA V I had to buy a damn flash drive. Get off my lawn!

YES! I own a Playstation 3. Do you want to know what I do with it? Netflix, WWE Network, and I have a couple of 3TB external hard drives plugged into it. One is filled with wrestling, the other is filled with TV shows and movies. I own GTA IV which came with it … and I am able to get through all the missions until they want me to start both driving AND shooting at the same time. I am one man, how in the hell is that possible?!? I bought Madden last year, and after playing the computer awhile decided to try online. I was constantly throwing Pick 6’s, or watching my opponent’s running backs run right through my defensive lines with nothing I could do about it. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

For my birthday last year, my wife bought me a handheld SNES player from one of those geek sites which is WONDERFUL. I can plug in Earthbound, or Mario Kart, or any of the dozens of cartridges I still have from the early 90’s (which I will NEVER sell), and happily do that if I need a gaming break. They never ask me to do two things at the same time. They understand me, and love me just how I am.

Lenny Vowels: 90's bands on classic rock stations, easily.

My wife’s favorite pop station was taking classic requests the other day. I thought I’d heard it all when someone requested “I Want You” from Savage Garden, but they were IMMEDIATELY topped when some kid called in and asked for We Like To Party by the Vengaboys, because “I used to listen to that with my mom when I was a baby”.

C BREEZY: My little bro's college/uni buddies had never heard of 'Friends'... these are 18-21 year old kids. First time I could say I felt old and kinda depressed about it.

I grew up in an era where everyone knew the TV Guide was delivered to Ms. Chanandler Bong, so I’m having a hard time processing this.

Miko363: Hangovers have become multi-day events. I drank too much on Saturday night and was useless until right before Raw on Monday.

I used to get off work Friday nights, and immediately make my way to the local dive/karaoke bar with my friends. Every single Friday and Saturday night was spent there, drinking our faces off until it closed, and then hanging out at Tim Hortons til the sunlight chased us all home lest we turn into vampire dust. There were even odd times I’d go out with a friend on a random Tuesday or Wednesday, and despite work the following day, hit it hard and be at my desk on time the following morning. Now? I’ve been drunk exactly once since 2005, my body cannot handle it anymore.

Robert Williams: My girlfriend's 10 year old son has no knowledge of Ric Flair as anything other than some drunken, rambling old man who shows up from time to time. And Hulk Hogan is just a tanned guy who wears a lot of red and yellow.

I have no doubt this is how my parents felt about the fact I knew William Shatner as the “Rescue 911” guy.

MichaelXavier: That a huge number of professional athletes (including wrestlers) are younger than me and some of them close to my age are considered "veterans."

I’m assuming you’re a young’un, cuz it’s only gonna get worse from here. I feel like Miguel Cabrera was the first Major Leaguer that crossed that line with me, but for a number of years after that a lot of the rookies were still older than me so it was ok. Now we’ve got potential MVPs (Mike Trout) that are nearly a decade younger than me. And in 10 years, I’ll likely be older than anyone playing professional sports. Let’s move to the next question before I fling myself out a plate glass window.

Mike Mears: Seeing the kids of athletes I grew up watching becoming star college and pro athletes makes me feel old as shit.

When Jaden Fielder is drafted by the Detroit Tigers, giving me 3 generations of Fielders, I’m going to feel like I’ve got one foot in the grave … even though this is likely to happen before I’m 45.

Starscreamlive: New arcades now are all crap. For the most part they are all win a prize carnival type games. I miss when arcades actually had Mrs. Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position, Donkey Kong, and Burgertime. Hell, i'd mark out to even see an arcade with Street Fighter, House of the Dead, and Cruisin' USA nowadays. Pinball games too!

Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game was pretty much the greatest thing ever invented. My parents had to take out a second mortgage just to feed my addiction to that. Of course, $0.25 a life is a bargain these days. You have to pay $3 just to be given 5 extra moves to potentially beat your Candy Crush level. The horror!

THE YETAAAAY: The Attitude Era. At this point, bitching about the Attitude Era coming back is like the old guy on the corner reminiscing about how good music used to be.

I don’t want to accept what you’re telling me, but then I looked up Rob Van Dam’s last match and his finisher was the 5 Star Cat Nap, so you might be on to something.

Adam “Colorado” Curry: The constant health problems, my body is breaking down by the day, the blood clot really drove it home. My fault for not taking any kind of care of myself though.

My doctor has started throwing around the word “hypertension”, which wasn’t even in my vocabulary 10 years ago. Other words not in my vocabulary? “Not tonight babe, dinner isn’t sitting well.”

Bobby: Tupac and Biggie have been dead for almost 20 years.

Wait, Tupac’s dead?

flamingtoilet: When people I graduated high school with started becoming grandparents. I graduated in 1992, for Pete's sake!

At 32, I’m not there just yet. Probably not far off though. My Resource Associate at work isn’t even 40, and he’s a grandfather … to a 3 year old.

Vince Jordan: I went to a family softball tournament in 2001, where my out of town cousin had a sweet little 5 year old daughter. For some reason I still thought she was a kid, but I just noticed her on Facebook last week, and she's a graduated triathlete or something like that. WHEN THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN? Was a total "Holy *** I'm old!!" moment.

My cousin from out of town just moved to Ottawa to go to college, and stays with my wife and I for a day or two whenever she’s moving in or out of her dorm. When I graduated college, she was 6 years old.

The participation was just ridiculous in this thread, with over 400 on-topic comments, and I had a lot of fun reading it – so thank you. Looks like I’m not the only one getting constant “WHAT’S UP GRANDPA” vibes from the world, as I move into my dirty 30’s.

Have a great day all. I’m off work, and like all the young party animals, I’m going to celebrate by cleaning up the basement. I’ll talk to you again tomorrow.

Comments

  1. The blowing of the kiss after MITB '11. Just so amazingly characteristic and perfect.

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  2. "MY DIET SODA!!!!!!" Obviously.

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  3. Singing happy birthday to Rey Mysterio's daughter. My roommate's girlfriend walked by when I was watching that and was like "What a dick! Someone needs to kick his ass."

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  4. Hosting The art of Wrestling episode 100. Live from the studio... Apartment!

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  5. This one might be a little odd, but his pre-match antics at Night of Champions '12, just for the sake of being different and one of the first PPV's I watched since my hiatus from the product. From wearing the Yankee pinstripes on his tights in Cena's "home town" to obnoxiously holding the title belt in the air and refusing to hand it over to the referee for a solid three minutes, it was just doing little things to really dig into your nerves. You can just see it in his face how much fun he has being a prick.

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  6. I hadn't seen CM Punk before he arrived in WWE and really didn't think much of him. The first time I took noticed of him was when he did his running knee into the corner and then looked out at the crowd and...hard to describe his interaction, but he was a heel and it was hilarious.


    The second thing was the Royal Rumble where he did the extended promo, which was awesome.


    My favorite moment, though, was the Voice of the Voiceless promo where Vince McMahon had to acquiesce to his demands, but Punk still didn't sign the contract.

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  7. Luke gallows bring me Jared from subway!

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  8. I enjoyed the match with Lesnar at Summerslam. Wasn't watching during the Straight Edge Society stuff but the clips I've seen were really good.

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  9. Magoonie NOT Teddy BelmontJuly 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I really enjoy the Punk/Joe Trilogy, some fantastic matches with a flowing psychology through each match. Joe vs Punk II is the best match of the three but all of them are great matches. If you are missing CM Punk and haven't watched these matches I implore you to track them down.

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  10. Signing his WWE contract on the Ring of Honor World Championship.

    That, or his "THIS IS REAL! THIS IS TRUE! THIS... IS.... STRAIGHT EDGE!" promo

    That, or when he and Homicide ended up in a strip club during an FIP Falls Count Anywhere match where Punk started calling all the dancing girls whores.

    That, or his story about drunk-off-his-ass Homicide.

    Seriously, if you miss Punk and haven't seen any of his ROH or FIP work there's this entire world of awesomeness you haven't been exposed to.

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  11. I'm really supposed to name just one best moment of the best pro wrestler of the last decade? Jeez. And are we separating "moment" from matches here? I'll stick to just moments, not actual matches. Some random ones I love, some classic.

    1. Pipe bomb, duh
    2. Singing happy birthday to Rey's daughter. Oh, the days before he was so massively over that he could still get pure, seething, hate-filled heel heat.
    3. Pipe bomb, RoH version
    4. Everything post-MITB title win. The emotional celebration, kicking ADR's head off, blowing the kiss to Vince and escaping through the crowd.
    5. Some random time in the indies when he was using an imaginary microphone, and then held it to a fan who leaned into it and then told her, "It's not even a real microphone, you fucking idiot!"
    6. "Your arms are too short to box with God!"
    7. MITB contract signing "I apologize, you son of a bitch!" "What?" (Also, Vince's last great moment.)
    8. Survivor Series '06; not really anything he did, per se, but such a loud "CM PUNK" chant that HHH had to acknowledge it.
    9. Cashing in on Edge. Lame way to win your first title, but that was an incredible segment with nuclear heat.
    10. Taking the day off on Labor Day 2012.

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  12. Punk was so awesome at trolling fans, like the Straight Edge Sign guy in the first draw with Joe, and the all-time classic: "Is that a goatee, or a bullseye for your boyfriend?"

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  13. His mega-trolling of Jeff Hardy fans. It was such a dick move to come out dressed as Hardy and playing Hardy's music one night after he'd sent Jeff packing that you just had to sit back and to applaud.

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  14. Magoonie NOT Teddy BelmontJuly 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    "YOU'RE A WHORE"! Makes me laugh every time I see it.

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  15. Many of my favourites have been mentioned already, so instead--I just leave you this entrance

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dFLQs5j-7m8

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  16. Throwing those ashes from the urn at the Undertaker.

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  17. Still love that. It was the ROH Shoot that inspired me to look it up, and I was not disappointed.

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  18. Magoonie NOT Teddy BelmontJuly 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I was at FIP Fallout where CM Punk called the strippers whores but sadly not in the said strip club.

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  19. I always loved how giddy Punk seemed when he was told to take over on commentary when all but Cena, Triple H, Punk and Sheamus (?) walked out.


    Really, whenever Punk was on commentary was a lot of fun, as he was a great throwback to Jesse Ventura and Bobby Heenan.


    If I were the WWE, and Punk seemed burned out and beaten up, I would have found a way to make him an announcer instead of a wrestler for a while. Once a week, going to do color commentary instead of doing the house show circuit would be a helluva lot sense strenuous, plus he stays on TV and is allowed to have some fun.


    He'd be so much better than anyone on Raw or Smackdown.

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  20. And now I can't believe I forgot the in-match Rumble '10 promos. I'll justify excluding it because it was during a match, and I said my list was excluding matches.

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  21. "Do I get to wear the jacket too?" That was great.

    I have to admit: as shoddy and self-defeating as so much of it was, I really enjoyed the fall of 2011.

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  22. They managed to have some gems hidden among the crap. If only the main storyline wasn't so stupid...

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  23. I still maintain that ultimately, they salvaged it.

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  24. See...I hated that angle so much that I can't see anything good there

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  25. And that match is something of a forgotten classic among all the other great Punk/Cena matches. Punk and Cena probably had better chemistry than any other two top guys aside from Flair and Steamboat.

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  26. Making this girl's life.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-7zMsu4jXA

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  27. There are so many favorite moments of Punk I don't know where to begin.
    I would have to start with his MitB cash in on Edge, followed by the SES stint, then his commentary work on NXT and Raw., followed by his return on the Raw 2 weeks after MiiB 11.

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  28. I'll share my least favorite one, also:

    The time my girlfriend jumped at me, completely naked, except a CM Punk mask. (She'd ordered the mask to get her order over 25 bucks for the free shipping when she got me the "Respect the Beard" shirt.)

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  29. Sounds to me like you got a keeper

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  30. Over/Under on Punk surprising her again when she turns 18

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  31. Oh, I think I do. She hates wrestling and won't watch it with me and my friends, but she at least tolerates it and enables it. My birthday present this year: tickets for the 11-24 Raw in Indianapolis for my birthday. (And I'm pretty sure my combined birthday present from the rest of my family is going to be tickets to Survivor Series in STL the night before that.)

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  32. I'm a heterosexual adult male and my reaction would've probably been the same.

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  33. Also, loved this backstage interaction with Austin.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTeAo0BcnSA

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  34. You want a beer?
    What?

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  35. This ... every time. http://dailywrestlingnews.com/gif-cm-punk-laughing-stephanie-mcmahon-raw/

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  36. MikeyMike, WitnessJuly 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    "Your arms are just too short to box with God."
    I thought that the Rock had been awful in 2013 and Punk just killed it here.

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  37. So many good ones already mentioned but "Bring me Jared from Subway" has always been a real favorite of mine.

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  38. Out dueling the Rock in a promo looked good on Punk.

    Sure it was washed up Rock but lots of Attitude era fans were quick to say Punk couldn't tie the legends shoes.

    Then he just exposed Rock horribly

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  39. That one time his offense looked more devastating than Jeff Hardy's.


    Honestly I guess I'd have to go with the Bryan matches after WM last year, that was the only time post pipe bomb that I didn't think he was being a whining baby. I wonder how much more money the 'E could have made off a year long Cena title reign.

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  40. It was funny but that moment completely kills off punks rebel attitude and character that he had been using for the past few months

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  41. The Royal Rumble promo sequence is a favorite outside of the MITB stuff. He completely turned the crowd to his side because it ws so entertaining, of course until HHH then was the next guy. He was so into that character and ticking people off.

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  42. I'd whine too if I was on the undercard as champ even when the main event is John Cena vs JOHNNY ACE

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  43. As in, whether he's the one that's over or under?

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  44. Seriously, getting the biggest push in fifteen years must suck totally. I'd have left too if someone allowed me to live my dream despite not at all looking like a believable wrestler.

    CM Punk is a Make A Wish child pissed that his wish only lasted an entire year, not his entire life.

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  45. That time he hit Farva with his car.

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  46. Hilarious! Keep um coming

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  47. You missed the boat. You should've impersonated Farva and not Caliber.

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  48. This is a little different but im gonna go with anytime he was being cheered over legends like jericho triple h or undertaker. Wrestlers over the last decade have been so bland and uninteresting compared to the attitude era guys that the fans have always rebelled against them for not being like the older generation of wrestlers. But then after the pipebomb, cm punk fielded with triple h (unfortunately) and the every crowd would chant "CM PUNK". I believe that was the first time the crowd didn't turn on the current generation in favor of the attitude era because punk was a rebel just like the older guys, at that time anyway. Then when he was a heel at WM29 against undertaker he was still cheered a lot going into the match. The fans almost loved him as much as the freakin undertaker at wrestlemania. Then he returns to payback in chicago last year against jericho and the place comes unglued for him and he was easily the most over that night. I believe vince would have really had something with punk after the pipebomb promo if he would have let punk keep that rebellious character going as a face instead of just turning him into another good guy champion. Anytime the crowd in unison chanted punks name over stars like taker triple h Jericho or the rock were my favorite moments

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  49. More of an understated one, but it was the first SD after the Nexus invasion, where Punk was among the first to get beat down. He came on SmackDown a few nights later and talked about being attacked by "36 armed assailants."

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  50. He did not receive the biggest push in 15 years. That's a clear exaggeration. Are you familiar with John Cena? Maybe Dave Batista? That Triple H guy had a pretty big push!

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  51. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJuly 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    His match with Brock. Match of the year and my favorite Punk match ever. (My other favorite Punk moment is that time he whined about something)

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  52. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJuly 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Ohhh ballshot.

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  53. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJuly 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    It's gonna be reveled that a BOD member ran over Farva, then claim that he did it for Punk isn't it? (and later Scott will be reveled the mastermind behind the whole thing)

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  54. Too soon?
    Too late?

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  55. My two favorites are his first match on WWECW, because it was so surreal to watch a crowd flip out for a guy who'd never wrestled on the main stage before, and this one random 45 minute match with Danielson in Ring of Honor. It was the Pure title tournament, and I think Bryan won with an abdominal stretch. Showed just how awesome both guys were years before they got the mainstream recognition - hell, neither guy had even been RoH champ yet. Bryan couldn't even grow a beard!

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  56. I know there are a lot of comics fans here and I have seen some say they want to dive in but didn't know where to start... our guys did a Best of Mid-Year awards column, so may be good for some recommendations and what not

    http://placetobenation.com/the-2014-half-year-comic-book-awards/

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  57. Cashing in MITB for the first time in 2008. Just great as Edge had been beaten down by Batista, crowd was hot but still a huge reaction when Punk comes out, hits a GTS and wins the World title. Brilliant in Edge getting a taste of his own medicine but also great moment for Punk elevated nicely.

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  58. Yeah that was about as amazing as it gets.

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  59. No, no, this is good. Let's get all the dumb thoughts out of the way, and then we can get back to the actual discussion.

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  60. AverageJoeEverymanJuly 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I think that Jay Pritchett is basically a happy, rich, successfull Al Bundy. And this time he likes to have sex with his hot wife.

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  61. I can't post the video from my phone, bu look up CM Punk invisible microphone.

    "You stupid bitch! There's no microphone!"

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  62. One time I'd left one of my lucha masks at a buddy's house for reasons that I can't recall now (I can't think of why he would need to "borrow" a lucha mask, unless what I'm about to describe was premeditated). He and his lady at the time were giving each other the business, and in the middle of it all he put the mask on and tried to resume businessing. She shrieked and ran out of bed. My girlfriend at the time refused to even kiss me until I took the mask off at a party we went to, saying "I can't even look at you when you're wearing that thing - I just can't take you seriously."

    The only scarier thing I could picture than a naked girl in a CM Punk mask would be a naked girl in that horrifying Vince mask.

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  63. Well, that was Rock's first 2013 appearance- and everyone else's, seeing as how that was the January 7 Raw- so how awful could he have been to that point?

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  64. Coming out to Jeff Hardy's music and dressed like him, too. It was the same week Jeff's contract ran out and he was done with the company. HUGE pop...and then massive boos. I laughed so hard.

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  65. As a Mets fan, it was pretty great hearing him compare Cena to the Yankees. Because fuck the Yankees.

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  66. As a NY Met fan myself, I endorse this message 10000%

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  67. Punk smashing Jeff Hardy in the face with the microphone to officially turn heel in the summer of 2009 was my favorite Punk moment and the punctuation of the best slow burn heel turn wwe had done in years.

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  68. AverageJoeEverymanJuly 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    it would take 2001 Trish dumping them out on my face for me to do that at a show.

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  69. Magoonie NOT Teddy BelmontJuly 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    You're just jelly!

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  70. Two that haven't been mentioned yet:

    1) Punk coming back to RoH (while he was under WWE contract / in OVW) for the Unscripted show that nearly got ruined due to TNA politics and a massive blizzard and doing snow angels after his match.

    2) That time when Shannon Moore was doing an interview as "The Prince of Punk" in ECW. CM Punk walked into the shot, stared at Moore for a long time, said "You're a poser", then slapped him. Punk waited for Moore to do something, then just chuckled and walked off. One of the best outright burials I've seen.

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  71. Magoonie NOT Teddy BelmontJuly 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Considering his big push took place in 2011/2012, I don't think you can stand behind that biggest push in 15 years statement can you? From 1997, nobody was pushed bigger than CM Punk? Can't think of a single wrestler?

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  72. LOL, I'm not a CM Punk fan by any means but I think this is overly harsh. Hilarious, but overly harsh.

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  73. Knuckleberry PinnJuly 24, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    The match where he finally wins the belt from John Morrisson was awesome, after, surprisingly, their earlier contests were anything but.

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  74. The match with Brock is my favorite. Brock is booked as a monster, yet Punk played the underdog role almost perfectly, hanging with him and almost came up with the win.

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  75. On a related note: Urn Anderson! https://twitter.com/CMPunk/status/316225802620502017

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  76. Undertaker doing the zombie sit up while in the anaconda vice. Punk's face is the most perfect expression of shitting his own pants.

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  77. The "You're arms are too short to box with God" promo.

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  78. I mean, you're responding to a statement that's too stupid to even bother with that kind of nit-picking. He didn't even get the biggest push of 2011 and 2012.

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  79. ”This is true, this is real, this is straight edge and straight edge means I am better than you.”

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  80. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8qgGKmfXmc

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  81. Thats Easy: 2008 - the first Money in the Bank Cash in. The crowd - still deflated from Edge retaining his title, just wanted Batista to annihilate Edge, and he did in short order.....then out of nowhere, Punk's music hits and the crowd (and I) lost our sh*t! I still remember Punk telling the ring announcer to hurry up....its the little small intricacies like that that is missing. (That being said, I hope he stays "retired")

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  82. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJuly 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    The look on the face of the pissed off kid with the afro made me laugh for 20 minutes

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  83. One I haven;t seen (but may have missed it in the thread), and might be my favorite, is the contract signing with John Cena. From starting with the video of the Rock, to dressing down HHH and Johnny Ace for firing Kozlov/Hart, to "Do I want an ice cream bar with my picture on it? You're damn right." to "Congratulations champ, I almost gave up on you," I thought he was gold in that entire segment.

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  84. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJuly 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    His SES stuff was brilliant, as was his matches with Raven.
    But I love when he screamed, "YOU'RE A WHORE!!" at the stripper.

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  85. Seriously, CM Punk dressed as Hardy. The crowd just looked PISSED.

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  86. The confidence you have inspired in me has helped, Lax.

    The same level of confidence the Terminator possesses in the movie that came out in 1991 and was ranked here on this very Best of 1991 movie list!

    http://placetobenation.com/movies-of-the-p2b-generation-1991/

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  87. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJuly 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f73/eightmillimeter/notimpressedkid.png

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  88. This made me legit lol. Well done.

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  89. The seamless Lita to AJ switch was quite impressive.

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  90. Perhaps I will go read about that after I get done putting the finishing touches on http://dragonageinquisitiongame.com my latest web project.

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  91. < Respectful nod >

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  92. Rock looked like a fucking cartoon character compared to Punk in that promo it is amazing how much better Punk looked than one of the best promo guys of all time.

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  93. I have no idea what any of that is but the site looks really nice and easy to navigate... good stuff. I will dive in a bit.

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  94. Its about an upcoming video game "Dragon Age: Inquisition"

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  95. Over/Under that he nailed her... or at least told her to call him when she turns 18?

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  96. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJuly 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    The funny thing is that was a Broadway play that had been around for YEARS, but when you google it it's only recognized because Punk said it.

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  97. I like how he verified that he would be getting a second pay check for being on commentary.

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  98. So easily we forget Beth Phoenix!

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  99. Gotcha, good stuff.

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  100. How fucking soap operaesque is that whole situation?

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  101. Damn, I forgot about Beth. I've been saying the only thing bringing Punk back is the potential to hook up with Paige.

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  102. Wait but he is married now and would ne.... BWAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

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  103. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJuly 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Well AJ DID say say she wanted to follow in Lita's footsteps....

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  104. Was it ever stated who drew the "CALL ME LITA" cartoon?

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  105. Yes. It was @Charismatic eNegro Jef Vinson

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  106. We also forgot Maria Kanellis, right? JFC.

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  107. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJuly 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    She needs to be careful where she steps because Lita's footsteps are full of the AIDS....

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  108. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonJuly 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Pretty sure there are a BUNCH of chicks being left off. If I'm not mistaken he bagged Daffney as well.

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  109. I do what I can

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  110. I think it was for doing commentary and ringing the bell.

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  111. Punk dressing up as Jeff Hardy. What I like about his Hardy feud is that Punk is RIGHT. Everything he says is true, it's how he delivers his words that made him a heel.

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  112. Seriously, how has nobody mentioned the "Snake" promo that set off one of the hottest angles in ROH history, and the first time I noticed them as a company?

    He held the crowd in his hand, only to turn on them mid-speech. It took several beats for the crowd to even realize what had happened.

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  113. CruelConnectionNumber2July 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    "OMG Kevin Nash? Thought He Was Dead. LOL"

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  114. I still gotta go with the summer of Punk. When he cut that shoot promo it felt real for the first time in forever, and made me feel the love for the current product I hadn't left since Benoit did his thing.

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  115. HowmuchdoesthisguyweighJuly 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Missed opportunities to me come to mind.... Summer of punk could of dragged a little longer IMO. I know that's been talked to death.

    Loved his royal rumble 2011 work. He had the backing of the new nexus and was mowing through people. wrestlemania 27 was so blah I would of loved punk winning the rumble.

    Paul Bearers unfortunate death made the built for himself and taker all about the urn and punk trying to get respect wasn't the biggest aspect.

    And...... wrestlemania 29 should of been a triple threat between CM Punk (champion for over 400 days) vs The Rock vs John Cena. The story was RIGHT THERE. The shield keeps helping cm punk retain and he goes into mania as an afterthought of the Cena vs rock rematch. That would fuel his anger to prove he is the best.

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  116. And then Punk retains the WWE title at WM 29.

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  117. "Click, click, click! That's the sound your knees make! That's also the sound of remote controls when you appear on a TV screen!" -Punk busting on Kevin Nash

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  118. I didn't even hate the Yankees until I started going up to Rhode Island to visit my friend at college - the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry inspired me to hate any team whose fans take their dedication to a team to such a ridiculous level.

    Plus it's always fun to cheer for the underdogs.

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  119. One of the ALLEGED best promo guys of all time. To me, he almost ALWAYS came off like a cartoon character, right down to the nauseatingly repetitive catchphrases.

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  120. MikeyMike, WitnessJuly 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Should change my grammar there, sorry

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