You never what you have had until it’s gone and in the WWE universe, the longer CM Punk is gone, the more they want his return. Even if the absence is for 1, 2 or 5 years and the random moments of chanting CM Punk becomes a myth, the moment the first 2 seconds of ‘Cult of Personality’ is played, instantly everyone will rise to their feet bringing back the joy and excitement a fan gets when a wrestling favourite to millions has returned.
That is one of the beauties of the weird wrestling pantomime we so love. The foundation of sports entertainment is built on the crowd noise and nothing gets a louder pop than when a wrestler returns. YouTube has many videos of great wrestling returns and biggest pops . To name some of the great returns such as Triple H return in 2002 at the MSG, HBK return after a 4 year hiatus, Undertakers return at Judgement day 2002. Then some great returns in the PG era such as John Cena’s return at the Rumble, HHH’s return to interrupt The Undertaker, Diesels return at the Royal Rumble and even Punks return after running away with the title.
A lot of the great returns have come from the biggest name in wrestling form the attitude era, Stone Cold Steve Austin. The crowd loved it when he returned. It was like the glass breaking sent a signal to everyone’s brains to go in to insane mode. But like Cats v Dogs, nature v nurture, Nas v Jay Z, Pepsi v Coke, there isn’t much Stone Cold can exclusively do that his great rival The Great One himself The Rock didn’t do. Some of his returns have truly been memorable such as the one to help out Mick Foley or for Eugene, they all had amazing pops loud energetic reactions from the crowd. Finally to The Rocks return in 2011, which many regard as the greatest return of them all.
The 7 year absences of a legend, a wrestler people thought had given up to be a Hollywood star finally returned home. What made it better was that no one was aware of it, he was one of the names thrown about before but the dirt sheets and IWC couldn’t call it. This brings on to the next point of the rise of the Internet era and dirt sheet, through spoilers it has virtually ruined all good things about wrestling and the beauty of returns.
When Brock Lesnar finally returned in 2012, the crowd reaction was wild, on top of the fact that it was the return of a former dominant figure who left in his prime but also it was the post WrestleMania crowd. As good as the pop was for Brock’s return, the whole stadium knew he was coming back, even to the fact that John Cena admitted defeat and acknowledge himself what was going to happen, essentially breaking the fourth wall. Without the surprise element, the return was no near of what it should have been.
Now to the main reasoning behind this piece, the impending CM Punks return. There have been all sorts of speculations thrown in the air on if he will even ever come back, if he will go to another company or if he might return before the end of the year. One thing is for sure is that Punk will return, people question that he hated the politics and the grueling schedule but many wrestlers feel the same but they bite through the pain for the glory and fame they get from being a professional wrestler and it doesn’t make plausible sense for him to just leave while at the very top of the business.
Though unlikely, this could possibly all part of Punks plan to elevate himself in to an even higher level of popularity then he was already at. Ever since his pipebomb Punk became full main eventer after a couple years on the top, his good friend Daniel Bryan’s Yes movement became the big news. The fans still loved Punk and he probably had become a little. Now that he has quit, the WWE fans miss him badly and there isn’t a single wrestling fan who can say they wouldn't love it if Punk came back. If the return is done properly, kind of like how Jericho manages to do it by keeping it a deep secret and only couple souls knowing, then it really will be pandemonium. Also make it in Chicago, there’s never been a wrestler who gets as much as love as Punk does in his hometown.
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