CM Punk Turns into Smackdown 2009 Fave
The hottest wrestler in a company, or brand, isn’t always the champ. Case in point: Smackdown. CM Punk may not have the World Title at the moment – he will again – but he is the hottest wrestler on the brand.
Why? He may not be popular, for now, but he gets more of a reaction from the crowd then anyone on the brand. And that’s the whole point. He draws a reaction by just showing up, and right now it is a strong reaction that exceeds the “we love to hate you.”
Where as a Chris Jericho get a strong reaction, a lot of it is out of respect and the fact that the people are still Jericho fans, but they know they are supposed to boo the guy. With CM Punk, the heat is more legit.
Punk plays off the fact that he doesn’t give in to life’s temptation and uses that are fuel for the fire. He is preaching a borderline positive message, but in a way that makes him act as if he is better than everyone else.
It also doesn’t hurt that Punk never had a heel. That’s right, he didn’t. He had a feud with Jeff, from cashing in the Money in the Bank, and the fans chose Jeff over Punk. Punk became a heel because of the fans reaction, not his own actions.
The biggest proof that Punk is the hottest Smackdown superstar, perhaps the hottest WWE superstar: Vince himself.How many other wrestlers is Vince doing backstage segments with right now? No one.
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