Rags to Riches: The Mark Henry Story
Rock Returns…Punk Shoots
The second monumental accomplishment in the wrestling world this year was the rise of CM Punk. The "Shoot Heard Round the World" shook things to their very core, and I had dozens of friends who had never watched wrestling coming to me, wondering what was going on in my fantasy universe where grown men in tights beat the hell out of each other. Punk's title win in Chicago was nothing short of amazing, and certainly a memory I as a Chicago native, will never forget. Many doubt Punk's ability to draw, and the ratings controversy has lead many to believe he won't remain on top for long… We'll see what happens in 2012!
A Year in Review…
The Rock returned and offered that energy we've been without for so long. John Cena retorted with great promos and built instant chemistry with the Great One. The Miz dominated the WWE title picture early on, and continued to have a good year. Randy Orton took Christian from glorified mid-card talent to legitimate main event player and former World Heavyweight Champion. Mark Henry came out of nowhere, Kane returned with a vengeance, Big Show brought emotion back to his character…the big guys really shined in 2011! But it was also the year of the little man, as "dat boy D-Bry" won his World title, Cody Rhodes dominated Smackdown's mid-to-upper card, Sin Cara made his debut, Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston won tag team gold, Dolph Ziggler rose to the top, and CM Punk took his place in the history books. In fact, if you had to close the year with just one name to represent it all, I'd wager a great deal of fans would simply say… CM Punk.
As we say goodbye to a fantastic year in wrestling, and look forward to 2012 and all that it offers, remember that there is hope for the industry we all love. Constant complaining will get us nowhere, and no matter how upset certain segments can make us, we are in a truly special point in pro wrestling history. On the verge of a new generation, a new era, and a whole new way of "doing" wrestling…business is about to pick up. Who will make 2012 the best year in wrestling? Brodus Clay (ok…maybe 2013)? Chris Jericho? Will Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes reach the World titles? The revolution may just start tonight… 1/2/12
Follow along with me on Twitter @MikeKillam as well as the rest of the Wrestlezone crew for tonight's episode of Raw, ushering in a new year…and an old name.
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