WWE CM Punk: Best in the World Blu-ray Review
Oct 29, 2012 - by Steve Likoski (@heyscubasteve)
I recently bought the “WWE’s CM Punk: Best In The World” documentary today, and I thought it would be a great idea to do a review of it while I sit down and watch it, and most definitely enjoy it.
The documentary starts off with a speech by CM Punk talking about how he shouldn’t of even made it to the WWE. Straight away, we open up to the lovely city of Chicago, Illionis. CM Punk getting out of bed, and getting ready for the day. Kind of like a movie. He has a cat too! Or, maybe it’s a prop cat. He makes his journey from his apartment in the city of Chicago, all the way to the back of the area/in the locker room, and then out to the crowd – to open the documentary.
The documentary starts off with CM Punk sitting down and talking about his sad childhood. CM Punk has a best friend called Chez, which is really sweet. They have a loving brother/sister relationship. Their family has taken to CM Punk in and have really welcomed him in to their home from a very young age. I know exactly how horrible CM Punk feels right now. My father was an alcoholic too, and I feel really connected when Punk tells a story about his father being really drunk when picking him up from a little league game, and being a complete drunk.
I really like when Punk started talking about his straight edge lifestyle, the bands he likes, and the type of lifestyle he wanted to make for himself when he got older. It was also pretty cool that Lita has a tattoo on her lips that said Punk – not a reference to CM Punk, but to the overall music genre of Punk. When CM Punk starts talking about Backyard Wrestling, he seems to get really embarrassed. Which is funny, because Backyard wrestling is pretty stupid to get into, and it is one of the most unsafe things you could do.
They go into how Justin Roberts used to know CM Punk in his mid-teen years when they were both around 17. Which was a nice touch, especially when he gives his story about meeting CM Punk for the first time. It is also great how those two are still friends till this day, and how much CM Punk has learnt from back then to now, which is a lot, according to him. It is also sad how CM Punk’s own brother screwed him over and stole money from him and a couple of other people. CM Punk also makes note that he hasn’t talked to his brother in over 20 years.
Continuing on is when CM Punk met his best friend, a Jewish kid from Chicago, ‘Classic’ Colt Cabana. Who, of course, are still best friends to this day, which is completely amazing. We also get a great appearance from CM Punk’s longtime friend, Natalie Slater of Back and Destroy fame, also, former tream, mentor, and old friend, Ace Steel, and a couple of others – namely Chris Hero, Zack Ryder, and numerous others, too!
Natalie Slater gets her own segment in a chapter going into depth about how her and CM Punk first become friends, starting dating – and known each other over the years. CM Punk gives credit to Natalie for creating CM Punk’s ‘X’ on his arms that he has been using for years, which of course is one of his greatest main traits. We also get the chance to see a great match between Chris Hero and CM Punk and how awesome these guys wrestled in the independent scene. We get a short recap of that, but the full match is available in the extras menu. It is a must watch!
We get a great recap of CM Punk’s time in Ring of Honor in the ROH chapter of the Blu-ray. CM Punk (and Colt Cabana) go into detail about how Ring Of Honor changed his life, and made he and Colt Cabana get the chance to have the best time wrestling. Ring Of Honor, of course, was one of the best wrestling promotions at a certain time. Especially when Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Colt Cabana, Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and when so many other well known names were still around. CM Punk goes into details about his feud with Raven, his 2 – 1 hour matches with Samoa Joe, his training, and becoming the training coach at Ring Of Honor, and how he made his first way to the WWE – and how he used his storyline of taking the ROH Title prior to his run in the WWE.
CM Punk also goes into his lifestyle, and how much he has changed his diet, what he does and does eat, and how he hardly eats meat, and various other foods – and how hard it is to keep to that diet. How much running he does, when he actually gets the chance to run, the workouts he does, and so much more. We also see what he makes into his diet, and how much it’s change from what he previously used to eat. Also, we get to see all the WWE superstars eating together at a very short cafeteria table scene prior to a WWE event.
Paul Heyman goes into detail about how CM Punk hated being in the WWE’s developmental system, and how CM Punk should have gone straight up to the main roster instead of going through to the developmental system. Paul Heyman also talks about how weird it was that CM Punk hasn’t gone straight to the main roster. The Miz also makes note about how CM Punk was well respected in OVW by all there.
CM Punk, Paul Heyman, and Michael Hayes go into detail about how Paul Heyman made CM Punk the greatest that he was, and the greatest that he could be under his provision, and how he saved himself, and how the big heads over at Raw and SmackDown didn’t like CM Punk, and how they were eventually going to release him. They didn’t want him, and they didn’t want to keep him around for long.
Paul Heyman also goes into detail about how he called CM Punk up from OVW and got him a spot in the WWE’s ECW TV series for the first time. Which of course, launched the first debut of CM Punk again Justin Credible in a WWE television program. And how important it was for Chez and her family, too. John Cena makes note about how he didn’t know him and who he was. Triple H makes an appearance and also talks about how different CM Punk was compared to the generic muscular type, and how much of a star he could be. Also into CM Punk winning the ECW title.
One of the chapters is dedicated to CM Punk at Wizard World and Comic Con, meeting the fans, his hero; comic book legend, Stan Lee, and even fellow Australian, Chris Hemsworth (Thor). It is pretty amazing stuff, especially when CM Punk makes note about how much it means to him that the fans respect him and actually ask good questions and aren’t complete idiots.
Now we go into CM Punk winning his first Money In The Bank briefcase and that it was also his first WrestleMania. Colt Cabana goes into detail about how much it meant to all of them, and how WWE management didn’t believe how CM Punk could be championship material. However, CM Punk cashes in his briefcase and wins his first World Heavyweight Championship against Edge.
Colt Cabana and Michael Hayes go into a bit of detail about how CM Punk wasn’t good enough to be the World Heavyweight Champion and how the WWE management and most of the boys behind the back didn’t like CM Punk as the World Heavyweight Champion – and how much of an outcast he was because he wasn’t the norm. Of course, CM Punk proved them wrong, even when Triple H says that CM Punk wasn’t the best candidate for the World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H makes note that “The title doesn’t make the guy, the guy makes the title.” Which of course, is definitely true.
CM Punk and Colt Cabana talk about how the WWE took away the title from CM Punk just to get it to Randy Orton, John Cena, Batista, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho – and how much the WWE management didn’t think CM Punk was worthy enough to defend the title on an actual PPV. Triple H even talks about how CM Punk was never going to be the featured guy of the company, even if he had one of the two main titles. We quickly get the a look at the process when CM Punk and Kofi Kingston were a tag team, and when William Regal and CM Punk had a feud, too.
We go into CM Punk winning his first Tag Team Championship, and the Intercontinental Championship, too. He also makes note about how he would still be getting screwed over by the WWE management, up until he wins his second Money In The Bank Briefcase in a row, and how much he changed their mind. Especially when he won his second World Heavyweight Championship by beating Jeff Hardy. CM Punk talks about how Vince McMahon called him in to his office and how Vince wanted CM Punk to turn heel for the first time, and he didn’t realized that CM Punk is the master of being a Heel, and the fact that Vince didn’t know that CM Punk was always a better heel than a face, especially when he was on the independent scene. Vince McMahon has obviously never seen CM Punk’s independent stuff.
Michael Hayes and Jim Ross talk about how The Undertaker actually respected CM Punk and how wrong the Undertaker was for making note that he wouldn’t respect CM Punk after he first met him. But, of course, when the two of them started their feud, the Undertaker eventually respected him. We get a chapter on Punk’s life with tattoo’s, and how much he has, and how got them, what they mean to him, and what some of them are, which is pretty cool.
CM Punk goes into his time when he and Undertaker feuded and how CM Punk is the reason Luke Gallows changed from his terrible gimmick as Festus to the Straight Edge Society. CM Punk and Joey Mercury talk about how the both of them were friends prior to the WWE and how Joey Mercury left the WWE to get sober and CM Punk helped Joey Mercury by buying Joey’s house to help him out in the sticky situation and that he is his best friend.
The WWE have included the infamous CM Punk promo from RAW when he did his shoot interview about how much he hated the WWE, Vince McMahon, John Cena, The Rock, and many other people in the company. His infamous promo was amazing and it was a great promo. It is included fully on this release. So, sit and enjoy it!
The documentary ends with CM Punk winning the WWE CHampionship from John Cena in his hometown. And how much of an amazing moment it was. How much it meant to him, his friends and close family. And, of course CM Punk throwing his WWE Championship in the fridge.
Additional features: Besides the main documentary you get with the first disc. The second disc contains various features, and a lot of extra content, even 3 additional hidden easter eggs.
Disc one features include: CM Punk discussing his high school appearance and trying out for football and wrestling. The origins of his “CM” name. A detailed recap of his 2002 fractured skull injury. His feud with Brent Albright in Ohio Valley Wrestling. A quick look at CM Punk’s cameo at WrestleMania 22. Zack Ryder, Chris Hero, Natalie Slater, William Regal, Ace Steel, Lita, Kofi Kingston, and Lars Frederiksen discuss their first meetings with CM Punk. The origins of Punk’s “It’s Clobbering Time!” entrance. Punk talks about the time he put the WWE Championship in the fridge for the first time.
Disc two features include: Punk’s focus on wrestling. His love for music. Colt Cabana discusses Punk’s mass consumption of chicken wings and a McDonalds apple pie. Punk speaks on his Pepsi tattoo. Ace Steel remembers a time when Eddie Guerrero spent time at Punk’s pad. Punk discusses operating a wrestling training center. William Regal shares the story of the first time he heard of CM Punk. Punk and The Miz remember a humorous story of life on the road. Paul Heyman remembers Punk giving him a shout out on the air and the frenzy that followed. @CMPunk discusses his love for social media. Especially Twitter. Punk gives viewers a tour of his tour bus. CM Punk beats Kofi Kingston at Street Fighter. A piece that follows Punk in the hours leading up to WrestleMania 28. Paul Heyman shares what he loves about CM Punk.
If you haven’t had the chance to get the DVD or Blu-ray – you definitely should! It is definitely the best WWE documentary they have produced. In my opinion.