CM Punk was not one of the wrestlers who shot up the ladder in a day, the wrestler had to struggle with the backstage officials more often than not before ultimately winning the biggest prize in the business.
Punk’s first title run as the World Heavyweight Champion came to a screeching halt after the officials opted to take the title off the Chicago native by plotting an ambush angle where Randy Orton and Legacy would attack the champion at Unforgiven 2008.
The title would, later on, switch hands to Chris Jericho later that night and Bruce Prichard talked about the topic on the latest episode of Something to wrestle with Bruce Prichard. Prichard claimed that the title was handed over to Punk in the first place due to the absence of stars such as John Cena and Randy Orton due to injuries. He said:
“It was until I took him up and sat him down and you actually take the time to know someone. John Cena is out, Randy Orton is out, all these guys are out. You have to make the move. It forces you to pull the trigger to make the move and pull the trigger, and with CM Punk we did that. We felt that this was his opportunity where one door shuts and the opportunity comes your way to make the most out of it. We went with CM Punk during that time, which was all there was to it”
Prichard also went on to reveal Punk’s reaction to the bizarre fashion he would lose the title and claimed that taking the title off him was a mistake. Prichard said:
“CM Punk was confused. Really confused, and when you look back, to me [Chris] Jericho and Shawn [Michaels] did not need that title. They needed a prop for a ladder match, okay, but they sure as hell didn’t need the championship. I thought CM Punk needed the championship. I thought that the championship helped Punk, but at that point, it was needed for a prop to have a ladder match so as crazy and as many conspiracy theories people want to throw out there it is as simple as that,” Prichard said. “It sucked, and you can see, hindsight being 20/20 you see the interview with CM Punk where they [Legacy] jump him and Punk is not even into it. He’s frustrated and probably upset, all rightfully so by the way, so you feel before he even gets jumped he’s thinking, okay fine, I’m going to do this f**k it. It did suck because it made no sense.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcript.