Justin Barr



If you watched RAW 1000 this past Monday, then you might agree it was pretty safe to assume CM Punk has turned heel.

In no doubt one of the best main events in recent years, Punk not only took advantage of a wounded John Cena, but also hit The Rock with a big GTS to end the show.

But with all this now seemingly old news, it’s difficult to understand why WWE chose to turn Punk now.

Having held the WWE title almost nine months, Punk has beaten the likes of Alberto del Rio, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan.

It is with this that it seems almost offensive to think that Punk could not successfully, and competitively, carry the title into next year as a face.

During the last year, CM Punk has become the most recognised face in WWE, acquiring a fan base almost as strong as Cena and The Rock.

And it is with this fan base by his side that he has grown as a character and as a wrestler, literally establishing himself as ‘the best in the world’.

This is why a heel turn was unnecessary for Punk.

It has been a very long time since the WWE Universe has witnessed the WWE Champion turn heel mid-reign.

With this said, it is clear the WWE has great faith in CM Punk to continue to carry the title, but exactly how will he do this?

Several ideas have surrounded Punk in the last twenty-four hours regarding his future as a heel.

Will he side with Paul Heyman?

Will he keep the title until the Royal Rumble?

No one knows the answer to this except WWE obviously, yet it is with such suggestions that people seem to have forgotten exactly how good Punk really is.

Put blatantly, CM Punk does not need anyone to help him retain his title or to help him cleanly beat an opponent.

Not only that, but one only has to look no further than last year to realise the Straight Edge Superstar does not have any trouble getting heat from a crowd either.

Nonetheless, the prospect of Punk and Lesnar teaming, or even Punk and Bryan teaming, is undoubtedly a very exciting possibility.

A possibility which will push Punk to even further heights in his career.

Whether Punk does choose to align himself with a manager or faction time will only tell.

However one thing is definitely for certain, Punk will continue to assure the WWE Universe of great television for at least the next six months.
Brandon Vineyard
As hard as he's working, I wouldn't doubt it if he burns out in a couple years. To keep his prestige safe, if he loses the title soon, he should be "injured" in the match and have to forfeit it and he can take time off to cool down and maybe even get repackaged if need be. Have him get injured at Su...
  • July 24, 2012
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Brandon Vineyard
As hard as he's working, I wouldn't doubt it if he burns out in a couple years. To keep his prestige safe, if he loses the title soon, he should be "injured" in the match and have to forfeit it and he can take time off to cool down and maybe even get repackaged if need be. Have him get injured at Su...
  • July 24, 2012
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Dee Thomas
I like the idea of giving him some time off even though he probably doesn't want it. I think WWE does have faith in Punk carrying the title but only as a heel. I don't think they have ever enjoyed or had faith in Punk as a face champion and I think that's evident by his one PPV main event as champio...
  • July 24, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
lol Punk as a face was fucking boring... Let him be a heel and say what he thinks more... Sure he'd be best used as a tweener but we haven't seen one of them in ages...
  • July 24, 2012
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Edg3 Belmont
Slap in who's face? boo hoo
  • July 25, 2012
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Dee Thomas
To be honest it's not much of a difference from last year. Last year Punk was responsible for making wrestling entertaining to watch and I think he's being asked to do the same again, but what better person to ask than Punk
  • July 25, 2012
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Dee Thomas
he was awesome. but the group as a whole was terrible
  • July 25, 2012
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Mark Benavides
Honestly, I think he can pull people in as either face or heel. When he was heel, people loved it. When he was face, people loved him anymore. He really can't go wrong. MITB last year was the perfect example (though, he was the hometown hero and couldn't really lose with that momentum.)

Either way, ...
  • July 25, 2012
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Yulia Simovic
I guess his turn just indicates that he indeed will carry his title into the RR, as a move by wwe to keep him interesting over a long period of time.
I really appreciate it, as I strongly feel wwe needs a "big bad", not in size but in danger and talent. Big Show was doing okay so far (but not great)...
  • July 25, 2012
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Pumbaa Zekunt
Out of the 3 possible Rock Rumble opponents Punk, Bryan and Cena, Punk is the only 1 who could make it interesting... So I hope the heel turn does indeed lead to Rock vs Punk and Punk holding the belt until the Rumble... And I'm not a huge fan of Punk...
  • July 25, 2012
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