On This Day, June 27, 2011, CM Punk dropped his iconic pipebomb promo that changed the landscape of the professional wrestling world. In honor of this historic moment in modern-day WWE history, let’s take a look back at what went down.
At the end of the June 27, 2011 episode of WWE Raw, CM Punk would cost his Money In The Bank opponent – John Cena – his tables match against R-Truth. Punk would then sit cross-legged on the stage looking over a wounded Cena. The Straight-Edge Superstar made it clear that he was not renewing his contract with WWE after its expiration on the night of WWE Money In The Bank 2011. CM Punk would then drop his iconic promo or his “pipebomb”.
Punk would drop all of the frustrations he had with the company over the years, taking digs at John Cena, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and even The McMahon family.
Punk would go down a path many WWE superstars were – and still are – afraid to do. Going off-script, Punk would take shots at WWE’s management. The Voice of the Voiceless shot on Cena, discussing how all of his opportunities came from sucking up to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. He also referenced Cena’s gatekeeping of the WWE main event scene – constantly being in McMahon’s ear on which upcoming superstars should have opportunities at the proverbial “brass ring”. Punk claimed Cena became another Hulk Hogan through “kissing Vince McMahon’s ass”.
The Straight Edge Savior went on to discuss how he was going to beat Cena for the belt in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois at WWE Money In The Bank 2011. He even threatened to defend the belt in Ring of Honor or New Japan Pro Wrestling, breaking down the fourth wall of rarely mentioning other wrestling companies on WWE programming.
Not even the WWE Universe was safe from Punk’s attacks, listening to the superstar rant about how he was tired of having fans “coming up to him at airports at five in the morning wanting his autograph so they can just sell it off on eBay”. Punk took final jabs on the McMahon family making controversial comments on their Make-A-Wish partnership – whereas, in reality – Vince McMahon was one of the biggest bullies he had met.
Towards the end of his promo going deep into the McMahon family, Punk’s mic had been cut off and WWE Raw had gone off-air. In one of the most real moments in modern-day wrestling, Punk left the WWE Universe in shock, questioning if Punk had gone off-script during his promo. This promo effectively blurred the lines between fiction and reality.
The Pipebomb Promo was influential in Punk’s popularity, as Punk began featuring on late-night television shows, walking red carpets, and having his face on every WWE billboard. Gaining all this momentum, Punk would have a record-breaking WWE Championship reign of 434 days – feuding with legends such as Chris Jericho and The Rock.
CM Punk’s Pipebomb Promo was one of the rawest promos professional wrestling has seen during that time. Punk broke down the fourth wall and paved the way for wrestlers such as Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and many others. Ten years later, the wrestling world still buzzes about this iconic moment that happened on June 27, 2011. The Pipebomb Promo has allowed wrestling to evolve into what it has become On This Day.
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