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"CM Punk's Cult of Personality" (+1)

He’s back!!! Although I am quite disappointed itwas so soon. CM Punk has returned to the WWE with a “new look and theme song”, but this isn’t “new” by any means. Back in a time we wrestling fans dubbed the “Summer of Punk”, this was the exact same angle only this time ona far bigger scale. The new theme isn’t new at all either “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour was Punk’s theme song in Ring of Honor and honestly very fitting for this angle/rebirth.
But the reason for this piece is the symbolism behind the angle, CM Punk has become exactly what the theme song states a “Cult of Personality”. Just look at the definition and it isevident…A cult of personality arises when an individual (CM Punk) uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized and heroic public image (Punk’s promo’s over the last few months), often through unquestioning flattery and praise.
Cults of personality are usually associated with dictatorships, although in this case the WWE and Vince McMahon.
“I sell the things you need to be
I’m the smiling face of your T.V.
I’m the Cult of Personality
I exploit you; still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three”-Living Colour Cult of Personality
That verse is exactly what Punk did last night, Punk says “Jump” we don’t ask “How high?” wejust jump like our lives depended on it and that is ok. He is the only pro wrestler left who has that ability other than Chris Jericho. CM Punk and Chris Jericho are iconic heels in wrestling, but no matter how bad they act we cheer for them anyway. I honestly believe if Chris Jerichoand CM Punk were hitting the GTS and Walls of Jericho on a baby in the middle of the ring they would still receive cheers…The act of beating up a child in wrestling is a misdemeanor, we have seen FAR worse over the years. (Vince trying to 9/11 himself anyone?) But it is that desire, that IT factor, that ability to make yourself the show even though your simply following a poorly written script that is just...

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