Why CM Punk is more suitable as a face
by, 06-06-2013 at 04:50 PM (8094 Views)
The somewhat eagerly anticipated return of CM Punk is almost near us and no doubt majority of WWE fans will be glad to see him back. Now granted unless something spontaneous occurred in the usual auto-pilot creative minds of WWE, he’ll return as a heel. No doubt Punk is a great heel, but his anti-hero face persona is where for me he was best and where he established himself as a star.
Anyone can be a heel with the usual ‘I’m better than you’ or ‘respect me you minions’ will always get you boos from the crowd. Sure some wrestlers do it a million times better than other wrestlers with Punk being one of those. The craft of being a really good face is I personally believe a lot harder and not many could pull it off well.
A really good face is someone who can command the crowd at their own will, demand a reaction and get a reaction. Rarely do these types of faces come about which is one of the reasons why Cena has been at the top with no challenge for so long. Reasons like this are why Randy Orton just hasn’t worked as a face and also why Sheamus both with inept mic skills and generic self isn’t working. There’s only a certain amount of times you can Brouge kick or RKO the bad guy until it gets boring. You have to talk to the crowd, entertain them, and give them stuff to chant about, give them a character to invest in to really go over as a face. CM Punk has the mic skills, and as a face he said what the crowd felt and they reacted to him.
Punk like Cena initially got over with the crowd as a heel; his Straight Edge Society stint gave him many admirers amongst the fans. The stuff for the Taker feud like mocking Paul Bearer and kicking Takers gravestone etc, Got the heel reaction he was looking for but being that type of scumbag really isn’t difficult to do. Anyone can kick gravestones and steal an urn. None of those actions singles out Punk from any previous heels. A wrestler stands out of the crowd when they do things no one else or not many can do. Say what you want about John Cena but his natural charisma on the mic is brilliant, jokes can be written by a lot of people but the deliverance of it is as important. Punk is the only post attitude era wrestler that can hold a candle to Cena promo wise. The crowd love him, his pops are loud as any. For the Cena haters, who are many, Punk was their saviour. It makes no sense to keep him a heel right now when he is getting the face reactions so many of the bland wrestlers are craving for. Punk is at his peak
Including Punk the relevant heels of WWE are currently Brock Lesnar, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Shield and a few more. The top face is John Cena with Orton, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio, the latter 3 hardly setting the world alight. Although Daniel Bryan is really over with the WWE and him getting back to single action after his Team Hell No partnership with Kane was saturated to the bone, he is definitely on the top so that’s something to look forward in the second half of this year.
It’s been reported for Brock Lesnar and CM Punk to be the big SummerSlam feud and it could be a very interesting and memorable feud if everything plans out. The ideal situation is obvious that as they are both in the Paul Heyman faction, some sort of betrayal of jealousy from whichever of the two leading to them feuding. Heyman will side with Lesnar as he is the wrestler who needs a mouthpiece and Punk is very much capable enough to go toe to toe with his master Paul Heyman on the mic and in the ring with Lesnar. Simple but almost certain to be very effective and for the company as Lesnar and Punk working together could be very impressive.