Nostalgia Hour: 12 Years Since CM Punk's Pipebomb

 Introduction by True God


12 years feels like a long time. A whole lifetime can pass in that time. My daughter, my turns 11 in July, is still a year away from that 12 year mark. 12 years ago, LeBron James was a part of the Miami Heat, Stephen Curry hadn't quite found consistency at all and hell, The Miz had just somehow main evented a Wrestlemania. 12 years seems like a whole different time in our world and in many ways, it was. The world has vastly changed since 2011, but nothing has changed more in a way than professional wrestling. Pro wrestling in 2011 was a vastly different world that was in need of a shake up. Enter CM Punk and the pipebomb. At the time of this writing, it is officially 12 years since that monumental promo and we gathered some DAR members and friends to reflect on a promo that impacted wrestling and change some of their lives. 


@Peagle05 

I am of the belief that there is no more impactful moment in the history of professional wrestling than CM Punk’s Pipebomb promo. 12 years out and we’re still seeing the effects of it. This was the same year The Rock returned to WWE and hosted a terrible Wrestlemania just to set up a main event vs John Cena for the next year. And while that was a huge deal that brought people back into wrestling, CM Punk KEPT people there. It was a true moment in every sense of the word with Punk firing off mainly on Vince and WWE management. The best promos and best mic workers operate with a level of truth, and Punk is perhaps the best ever at riding that line. I remember the promo making Sportscenter THAT night, it was everywhere. 

Then Punk won the WWE Championship and the Summer of Punk began. He was untouchable on the microphone in that run, cutting up any and everyone who was put in front of him and having the best matches on the card. But the impact was even more far reaching than that one summer. Punk’s run showed that a smaller guy can carry a company and Vince’s visions of big guys with manufactured charisma didn’t have to be the norm. His mentions of NJPW and ROH busted the WWE bubble for the E fan who believed Vince and his assertion that nothing exists outside of the company. It brought eyes to those two promotions and changed the WWE for the better. 

By the time Punk’s run in WWE was over, we saw guys like Bryan Danielson and Seth Rollins in the company who had built massive followings off of the strength of their work and personalities. Not guys being forced down our throats by the WWE machine, not guys made to look strong by ridiculous booking, just great matches and fun promos. Bryan’s WWE championship victory at WM 30 is a direct result of Punk’s walkout and the words he spoke 12 years ago. The existence of the original Black and Gold NXT is due to the popularity of the indie wrestlers who became big names in WWE, all on the back of Punk’s promo and run. The hardcore fans always knew the indies, always knew the names but the casuals? This was all new to them and WWE knew they had to capitalize. So there became a new focus on bringing these wrestlers in, creating the performance center as a way to mold them into the WWE style wrestlers they wanted them to be. 

And with this new focus on the indies, came more money. Independent companies had eyes on them they never had before, guys like the Young Bucks were able to build their name going from promotion to promotion territory style until they got so big and so well known that with Kenny Omega and a now freed Cody Rhodes, they were able to create All Elite Wrestling. Obviously all of these people put in their own work, blood, sweat and tears to get where they are. But there is no denying the far reaching impact that Punk had when he sat cross legged on that stage 12 years ago and dropped a Pipebomb. 


@CM_Trunks 

I've been following CM Punk's career since he debuted on ECW.  He wasn't always my favorite wrestler but I always found him to be interesting, as he stood out on the surface at first. In the years that followed, I got to see him really shine and express his strengths and his charisma through the way he could captivate an audience when he got on the mic. Over time, he faced a lot of challenges by not being what WWE typically looked for in a talent physically and style wise but he overcame every roadblock that came his way and was able to make something great out of whatever he was given to work with. Despite his best efforts, he was never truly appreciated or given the position he felt he earned. It seemed at the time, that was always reserved for one man, and his name was John Cena. By 2011, Cena had been the face of the company for more than half a decade with no end in sight, while CM Punk had been with the company for about the same amount of time. As his contract was coming to an end, Punk felt like he didn't have much to lose by doing what he did on June 27th 2011 will always be remembered. I rememher catching this segment live at the time as I was on and off watching wrestling due to lack of interest. It was on this night, it felt different and it felt real. I didn't know what was going to happen when Punk came out after interfering in John Cena's match but after everything was said, I was fully invested again and I needed to see where things would go moving forward. Mentioning non WWE affiliated promotions like ROH and NJPW on mainstream television was groundbreaking for the time in WWE, as he revitalized the entire wrestling industry from the almost depressing status quo that it had been in for so many years and gave hope to the fans and aspiring wrestlers that came after him. 


@MorganJayneX

When CM Punk sat down on the stage in Vegas on June 27th, 2011, with a microphone in his hand, many wondered what he was going to say. He had always had a way with words, going back to his days on the independent scene. His in-ring ability spoke for itself, but his words become iconic. Known for being unapologetically truthful and honest, Punk did something in WWE that had not been done for a long time. During the PG era of WWE, there weren’t many moments that were shocking or impactful but one that remains talked about to this day is Punk’s promo, otherwise known as the “Pipebomb.”

This was the promo that made Punk an immortal legend in wrestling. It catapulted him onto another level. It generated one of the best feuds and matches of all time against John Cena. Punk aired out six years’ worth of frustration and every word he said was his truth and the truth of many others. He was the Voice of the Voiceless. That was more than just a nickname, it was reality. He spoke for the people who couldn’t speak for themselves, he took the consequences so they wouldn’t have to. There is a reason why people still talk about the pipebomb because its impact is still felt today. It changed the wrestling industry forever. At the time Punk was someone who would never be seen as the top guy of a wrestling company like WWE, but he made himself that guy. He got himself over with the fans by being blunt and honest. He wasn’t fake. He didn’t pander for admiration. He was just himself.

As an 11-year-old watching on TV, this promo and the promos that came after made me pay more attention to Punk. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to see a guy talk into a microphone and speak his mind. He soon became my favourite wrestler and my hero. He was someone I looked up to and aspired to be like. As a shy, quiet girl who never fit in, I related to and wanted to be like him. I wanted to be outspoken. I wanted to not care what anyone else thought of me. If I am being honest, it’s been years later I am still working on those things. It’s hard to believe it has been 12 years since the Pipebomb. That is 12 years of supporting Punk. 12 years’ worth of memories, emotions, and tears, both happy and sad. It has been a rollercoaster, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I would not be me without him, so when I say the Pipebomb changed my life, I mean it.

Whether it was a worked shoot or not, the pipebomb was ruthless, passionate, and honest and that is why it remains one of the most iconic moments in pro wrestling history.




-DAR


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