365 days. One Year. CM Punk now has the eight longest championship reign at one year.
After successfully defending his title last night at the Survivor Series CM Punk has officially held the title for a year. This year long title reign for CM Punk is the longest title reign since John Cena’s title reign in 2006-7, which was 380 days. This year long title reign has been a roller coaster ride for CM Punk’s career.
CM Punk started his title reign as a face, or good guy, locked in a feud with then Raw General Manager and Executive Vice President on Talent Relations John Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis was trying to systematically hold CM Punk back and not let him be champion. This failed as CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio in order to win the championship at the 2011 Survivors Series. Laurinaitis would hand pick many superstars such as The Miz and Dolph Ziggler to defeat Punk but it would never work….until a returning superstar made things very interesting.
Chris Jericho returned to the WWE on January 2, 2012 to challange CM Punk for the WWE championship and the title of Best in the World. Before leaving the WWE Jericho used to say he was the best in the world at everything he does and now that CM Punk refers to himself as best in the world Jericho felt that Punk was a Jericho wannabe. This rivalry became very personal as Jericho claimed Punk’s father was an alcoholic and that CM Punk, who is straight-edge, would give up his straight edge lifestyle and drink because it is in his genetics. Jericho referred to him as CM Drunk and did everything in his power to get into Punk’s head to beat him for the championship but it ultimately failed.
Following this feud with Jericho CM Punk began fueding with Daniel Bryan and Kane over Bryan’s ex AJ Lee. This storyline had AJ flirting with all three individuals and coining an almost psychotic persona where she would be happy one moment and angry the next. Both Kane and Daniel Bryan attempted to take both the WWE Championship and AJ from CM Punk which ultimately failed. This story also saw AJ propose to Punk followed by Bryan proposing to AJ and many other shocking turns.
Following this feud CM Punk turned heel, or into a bad guy, at the 1000 episode of Monday Night Raw when he attacked the Rock from behind after the Rock had earlier announced that he will be receiving a WWE championship match at the 2013 Royal Rumble. This heel turn led to CM Punk claiming that even though he has been champion for a long time he still gets no respect. Punk ended up enlisting the services of heel manager Paul Heyman much to the dismay of the crowd. As a heel Punk would go on to cheat to win in big time matches against John Cena and Ryback. Punk also attacked various legends he claimed disrespected him such as Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Mick Foley and Jerry “The King” Lawler.
This year long title reign is perhaps one of the most exciting title reigns to watch in WWE history. Even though he wont be able to pass the longest title reign in history (Bruno Sammartino held the title for eight years in the 1960’s and 70’s) I can’t wait to see where CM Punk’s reign as champion stands in history when it is all said and done.