1. CM Punk’s Pipebomb

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CM Punk was given a live microphone on the June 27, 2011 episode of Raw and an opportunity to express his feelings to the entire world when his contract status was undecided.

He certainly did, shooting his sights at the top ranks he felt were holding him back, such as John Cena and The Rock, Vince McMahon’s “idiot daughter” Stephanie, and “dumb son-in-law” Triple H. And the people he blamed just as much for his problems as anybody else.

After the “The Pipebomb” was published, Punk’s career began a renewed spike. He became the industry’s most popular figure after a few weeks. Late-night talk shows started to cover The Straight Edge Superstar as a result of this publicity.

The company immediately capitalized on it when The Undertaker faced John Cena at Money in the Bank for the WWE Championship. He defeated The Cenation Leader and escaped through the crowd with the top prize in sports entertainment before a crowd of his hometown supporters in Chicago.

The excitement surrounding Punk was ultimately ended by horrifically bad booking that put the emphasis on Kevin Nash and Triple H, but there was no denying that for a month or two that summer, there was no competitor in the entire pro wrestling industry hotter and more must-see than Punk.