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Zack Ryder and Other WWE Stars Look Back at CM Punk’s “Pipebomb” Promo from 2011

– WWE’s website has a new article up with several Superstars looking back at CM Punk’s famous “pipebomb” promo from the June 27th, 2011 RAW Supershow. Here are some comments:

“Road Dogg” Jesse James (who presented Punk his Slammy in 2011): I think it caused a revolution, to be quite honest with you. I think people who know the inside track, they always want to hear somebody who drops that on national TV. I think that’s what brought CM Punk to the forefront, and now his popularity has just grown ever since. It’s fun to see him on all our live events and just how popular he is. He never ceases to amaze me. It takes charisma, it takes personality, and Punk has loads of both.

Ezekiel Jackson: He stated that his WWE contract was coming to an end, and you don’t know what to expect from somebody who’s about to either quit or do whatever they want to do. He had absolutely nothing to lose. He could have said anything he wanted, and in a way, he did. It was so different. He stepped up to be a natural leader of the WWE locker room. You know that he was trying to make it known that he was representing us. You’ve seen things going in the direction that he wanted it to. One of the points he touched on was a smaller guy like him wasn’t supposed to ever be WWE Champion, but then you’ve got him and Daniel Bryan [as a former World Heavyweight Champion] – smaller Superstars who became champions, who are getting their opportunities, and they’re delivering.

Kaitlyn: I was watching it on TV since it was a travel day. When it happened, I was so shocked. I think I actually tweeted about it, like I was so curious about what was going down and what kind of impact it would have. I think his words kind of shifted things. In the WWE fans’ eyes, watching that, it sparked a rebellion in a way and it kind of gave Punk this awesome chance to create himself in any way that he wanted. He totally reinvented himself. It was something that people could really rally around. He related to the WWE Universe and it felt so surreal.

Zack Ryder: I remember I was watching the backstage monitor and I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Is this live on TV?’ He was just saying these things about the company that seemed pretty unbelievable. They even cut the mic out from under him. You knew it was one of those moments that created controversy, and people were tuning in the next week to see what would happen. I definitely approved and agreed with what he was saying. I was saying similar things on my YouTube show, so when a Superstar like Punk voiced his opinion, maybe it made people realize a change was necessary.

Derrick Bateman: It was one of the most extraordinary moments I ever had while watching Raw live. There was this suspension of disbelief of what he was actually saying. And to top it off, wearing the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin T-shirt, it left you shocked. What I saw there was someone who believed he deserved to be on top, but wasn’t quite yet, and he seized the opportunity to make himself a household name and put himself on top. He’s got a 220-plus day title reign, so it’s obviously worked for him.

Justin Gabriel: I was a huge fan of Punk before, and I think that day made me an even bigger fan. Just the way he walks and talks is so different. Everything he says, you want to believe him. For the guys in the WWE locker room, he definitely hit the right notes, but he obviously ruffled a lot of feathers. But that’s cool. That’s what we need. I think that’s what we needed at the time and we need more of that going forward, too.

  • hjkhjk

    Wow.. it’s already been a year huh? Right now it’s hard to believe I was ever interested in WWE as much as I was then.

  • moo

    If CM Punk did that same promo in the late 90’s nobody would give a flying fuck.

  • Wellsy

    Punk was good at that time because he was saying the things everyone wanted people to say but nobody dared to. He was also taking it to the faces of the company, such as Cena and HHH. After that, he’s been feuding with heels ever since. Del Rio, Jericho and now Bryan. It was your typical face vs heel feuds, although Bryan is pretty over so that’s been alright.

    I’d love to see Punk vs Orton at SummerSlam to get that unpredictability back. There’s plenty I reckon he could say to him! Pipe bomb for sure!

  • Randy

    Wrestlers have done outlandish things like just laying down and being pinned as response to bad treatment.He may have been scheduled for some kind of promo and went crazy and took it to another level.

  • Soulshroude

    Notice that none of the top superstars made were asked to make a comment.

  • ant

    u people do realize that what punk said about him not being on magazines,movies,the ice cream bars etc etc was all punks REAL feelings cuz he felt like he should be in the main events and the WWE was just solely depending on Cena and not letting him showcase his talent so he really WAS fed up and ready to leave when he cut that promo you guys

  • poko

    I won’t lie, it really was an electric moment. I loved it. Even though I knew it couldn’t be completely real, a part of me wanted very much to believe it, and I hadn’t felt that way about wrestling since I was a kid. Even the immediate follow up was awesome, with Punk heckling Triple H at a comics convention.

    Then Punk “came back” a week after he left and the storyline of him being a rebel was left to fizzle and die. They even took away Punk’s feud with management and gave it to Cena. I haven’t heard a “pipe bomb” in months. They had the opportunity to do something special, in my opinion, but they let it dissolve into a normal Title reign. Kind of a shame, to be honest.

  • BlaH

    u would think they would have said something about on Raw past monday instead of the chessey ass

  • SYM

    Well Punk’s Pipebomb was to get him over to that Main Event level. Even though I’m still a Huge Fan of his, I feel he let us down. Because that “Pipebomb” didn’t change a single thing. The Smaller guys a still being overlooked, and The Heavyweights/Asskissers get More attention. When Punk hit that Main Event spot he left us hanging and he now Panders to little kids who know Nothing about the Industry & who know Nothing about his Legacy. Like I said earlier I’m a big fan of Punk but I’m not liking his current image.

  • mabry

    @yofits, i wouldnt say fake, and clearly Vince knew what he was going to say. The thing is that he did it, he probably had to face someone backstage first, such as Vince, to be able to say everything he said. It takes balls to do that. I allway bring Austin and The Rock to compare this with. They both were going practically nowhere, untill they changed and dared to do something new, Austin being that “toughest SOB” character, and the Rock moving from Rocky Maivia, whom nobody liked to “The Rock”, one of the most popular guys ever… what are those Three alike???, they were all Heels when they began turning extremely popular… And they have been kind of Tweeners, i mean they take shoots at good and bad guys alike…

  • barry horowitz

    No shit yofits what a genius you are of course its fake you idiot.

  • yofits

    the pipebomb is fake. No way would vince let anyone with a live mic go on TV and diss his company.