Paul Heyman managed CM Punk and stood by his side as he became the longest reigning WWE champion of the modern era. No man since Hulk Hogan in the 80s held the title longer and Punk’s reign only rests behind WWE Hall of Fame names like Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales. However, PWS reported on Friday that Paul Heyman recently said the WWE never even wanted CM Punk.
This might not be anything new to people who have followed CM Punk’s career, but Heyman was asked and answered truthfully. Of course, this is Paul Heyman so he had some bragging to add to the claim. Heyman said that the WWE sent Punk down to developmental, where Heyman was working, so he could fire Punk. He watched Punk and knew that he was going to be a star.
Heyman said that he continuously called the people in charge of talent for “WWE Monday Night Raw” and “WWE Smackdown” and that neither show wanted anything to do with Punk. There was even one talent scout who called CM Punk an indie darling who would never amount to anything. Finally when the WWE gave Heyman his own third show based on the ECW brand, he brought CM Punk with him and gave him his first major WWE title.
Time has shown that Paul Heyman, as usual, was right. CM Punk became one of the biggest stars in the WWE and was even more popular than John Cena when the two were feuding. While no one had faith in CM Punk, and no one thought he could make it, Heyman and Punk proved the WWE wrong in the end.