A couple years ago, one of the things I wrote about that made me happy was the WWE feud between Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. The two of them had grown up before our eyes in the smaller Ring of Honor wrestling promotion before defying the odds, it seems, and making it to WWE.
For years, there was a prototypical look for a wrestling superstar. Tall, jacked, tanned, etc. Hulk Hogan. The Rock. Triple H. Brock Lesnar. Randy Orton. Batista. Roman Reigns. Our friend CM Punk is maybe 6’1 and a little over 200 pounds. Daniel Bryan is listed by WWE as 5’10 and 189 pounds.
One of the coolest theme songs in wrestling right now is that of Bray Wyatt. I think the reason for that is because it’s a real song. Somebody in a board room didn’t say, “Here’s this character, he needs some sounds to happen when he’s walking to the ring.” Bray Wyatt found the song a few years ago, “Broken Out In Love,” by Mark Crozer and the Rels, and made it his entrance music.
Professional wrestler CM Punk, real name Phil Brooks, shocked the wrestling world when he abruptly left WWE in January of this year. He gave no notice and stayed out of the public eye for months. He kept silent on the subject until Thanksgiving Day, appearing on the popular “Art Of Wrestling” podcast, hosted by veteran journeyman wrestler Colt Cabana. Both Punk and Cabana are best friends, having begun their wrestling training together in the early 2000’s.
For nearly 20 years, Sting had been unofficially known as the biggest wrestling superstar to never sign a WWE contract. Earlier this year, rumors started making the rounds that Sting and WWE were finally in negotiations. At 55-years-old, I guess Sting realized that the time is now or never to make any kind of serious impact in a WWE ring.