6 years ago CM Punk grabbed the brass ring he had been chasing since he first came to the WWE. I caught most of the famous “Pipebomb” promo as it was airing. I decided not to watch Raw that night since it was just easier to do something else and follow the results online. That way if something cool happened I could still check it out. Punk with a mic and wearing a Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt sort of grabbed my attention on the message board I was following. The promo really resonated with me since I had been pretty frustrated at my job at the time and you could tell Punk was too. He knew he was better than everyone else and had to deal with the self-defeating actions of management. It was his moment and he probably didn’t know if he’d ever get another one so he did what he does best and that was run his mouth.
In a way you could almost predict how Punk’s story would end with the WWE. WWE was still firmly attached to John Cena and really failed to capitalize on the mainstream exposure that Punk brought them after the promo. The promo was so effective because it blurred the line of work and shoot, real or fake, and generated a lot of buzz because of this. It got a mention on ESPN and other sport sites were covering it. It You can still do a Google search on “Pipebomb Promo” and there are articles that wonder how much of it was scripted and how much of it wasn’t that are still written whenever the anniversary comes up. Punk’s momentum was diverted within a few months and would ultimately be one of the many reasons he left the company on bad terms 3 years later.
It’s hard to believe that it was 6 years ago because so much has changed. He’s been gone from WWE for about 3 years now and I’m doubtful he’ll ever come back. If he returns to a wrestling ring I think it’ll be to help a promotion get more exposure. I could see him going to New Japan, possibly joining the Bullet Club. It wouldn’t surprise me if he popped up at a local promotion like AAW either. I’d love to see him come back in a way that would bring back the fire from this promo. I think no matter what he does with regard to wrestling he’ll do it on his terms.