Readers of respected wrestling magazine “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” (PWI) have voted for CM Punk as the “Wrestler of the Year” for 2012. Punk won the prestigious honor in 2011 as well.
Nobody from any other North American professional wrestling promotion has had a better 2012 than the current WWE Champion. Punk kicked off the year as champion, and is sure to end the year as champion too. At time of writing, Punk has held the belt for a recording breaking 392 days. It is the longest championship reign in the company in the last 25 years.
Even though he became a heel for the latter part of the year, he still remains to be a popular figure among the IWC. Sure the younger members of the “WWE Universe” boo him, although you cannot fault his dedication and hard work ethic he’s showed throughout the entire year.
Some of Punk’s highlights include his feud with Chris Jericho at the start of the year. Their first encounter at WrestleMania 28 was well received, but the Street Fight from Extreme Rules remains as one of the best matches of 2012.
He went on to face Daniel Bryan in a series of matches too. The Over the Limit match they had was also called a “mini-classic” from some fans too.
Once Punk attacked The Rock, his heel turn had all been solidified. Night of Champions was when he faced off against John Cena again in a highly entertaining match. It may have ended in a draw, but fans were salivating for a rematch.
Unfortunately, Cena got injured so Punk had to face Ryback instead. Punk’s encounters with Ryback may not have been his best, but he carried him to some decent matches overall.
Punk may not have wanted to end 2012 with a knee injury, but it’s looking likely he will start 2013 with a bang. He’s got a date with The Rock at the Royal Rumble!
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