THE APTER MAG …
By Bill Apter
(Special thanks to our ratings expert Ray Mullen for coming up with the logo)!
IS CM PUNK THE 2011 “STONE COLD?”
You’ve got to admit, CM Punk’s rebellious streak is very reminiscent of the one that rocketed “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to fame. It was quite obvious during his tirade against the WWE system and Triple H.
Do you remember the days of Austin vs. the boss Vince McMahon and how you supported Austin because he was against nearly every rule in the company? That is what Punk is doing — and he is major “over” due to the expert way he delivers his characterization — one that mirrors his real personality.
Punk has injected a healthy dose of fever into the business. Not many could pull this off as well as Punk. His chemistry with the audience is exceptional and so is his in-ring promo and wrestling skills.
By the way, remember it was against the rules for any WWE performer or broadcaster to use the terms “wrestling, wrestler, professional wrestler?” Punk uses those words all the time and if it’s a scripting idea, that’s fine. It makes the fan beleive “he’s saying things they are not supposed to say” thus making him come off as more of a rebel.
Punk vs. Cena will be a really great program and I hope that Triple H can physically stay out of it. If tonight’s first segment gave anything away, it was the sense that Triple H really wanted to be in the spotlight again. I was happy though to see that Punk didn’t get a “Pedigree” on the way out!
Austin was a “take no crap from anyone” character. He really impressed me.
Punk is a “take no crap from anyone” character. He is really impressing me.
That’s my bottom line!