The X-Factor: June 27, 2011 - Six years later
Submitted by Victor Mariscal on 06/27/2017 at 08:12 PM

It’s been six years. Today. Believe it or not.

John Cena had just been beaten by R-Truth in a Tables Match. Yeah, R-Truth was more relevant at a time. Phil Brooks was wearing a Stone Cold T-shirt as he sat down on the stage indian-style and starting talking while Cena was recovering. He was saying these things and when he called Cena, Hulk Hogan, and Dwayne Johnson ass-kissers, you could tell what was happening. Punk was unhappy with his position in WWE and was ready to leave. He just wanted a mic and the freedom to say what he wanted.

He did, and it sent shockwaves throughout the industry. It would lead to a 5-star match between Punk and Cena 20 days later.

Punk became everybody’s mouthpiece, but how much has actually changed? I mean, the Rodney King beating happened but how much has been affected by it? Let’s see.

“I don't hate you, John. I don't even dislike you. I do like you. I like you a hell lot more than I like most people in the back.”

There’s always been this perception that John Cena holds people down. Cena has often been described as a soldier who does what is expected of him. The haters are content to believe he’s another Triple H but the evidence just isn’t there. How often have we seen JC go above and beyond? He and Punk did it in Chicago and it tore the house down!

“I've been the best ever since day one when I walked into this company, and I've been vilified and hated since that day because Paul Heyman saw something in me that nobody else wanted to admit. That's right, I'm a Paul Heyman guy. You know who else was a Paul Heyman guy? Brock Lesnar, and he split just like I'm splitting…”

They made some money off of the “Paul Heyman guy” part.

A little more backstory. At December to Dismember in ’06, Heyman was fighting for Phil to get the rub in the main event only for Vince to curse at Paul saying that it would be Bobby Lashley and no one else. The fans revolted.

If it were it up to Heyman, Roman Reigns could get over as a babyface. He’s that good. If only they would ask him for help now.

Punk was one of the best. It was his attitude they had a big problem with. He mouthed off to the Undertaker over the dress code and paid for it by dropping the World Heavyweight title to 'Taker. That was one battle he shouldn't have picked.

“I've grabbed so many of Vincent K. McMahon's imaginary brass rings that it's finally dawned on me that they're just that—they're completely imaginary.”

It’s a damning indictment on how things work, even now. Zack Ryder tried to get over on his own terms that very year. Look what happened.

Vince had that “try anything” attitude when Raw was fighting WCW Nitro. Now, forget it.

“…and trust me, this isn't sour grapes, but the fact that Dwayne is in the main event of WrestleMania next year and I'm not makes me sick!”

Punk ventures into deluded territory a bit. Who was at the center of the highest rated Raw segment of all time? Who matched Steve Austin’s popularity? Who carried the WWF when Austin was out recovering from neck surgery? Plus there's that whole movie star thing.

Of course you’re gonna put a big draw in WrestleMania’s main event.

“The reason I'm leaving is you people because after I'm gone, you're still gonna pour money into this company. I'm just a spoke on the wheel, the wheel's gonna keep turning and I understand that.”

Guys like Ziggler, Ambrose, and Erick Rowan could leave and the wheel keeps spinning. If Cena and Lesnar leave, get ready for lower ratings.

Daniel Bryan was held down and the backstage brass didn’t hear the end of it from the live crowds. Why don’t the fans rebel so much with the other indy darlings?

“You know why he's not a billionaire? It's 'cause he surrounds himself with glad-handing, nonsensical douchebag yes-men like John Laurinaitis who's gonna tell him everything that he wants to hear.”

Not debating, just wanted to include it because it’s still true.

“And I'd like to think that maybe this company will be better after Vince McMahon's dead, but the fact is it's gonna get taken over by his idiotic daughter and his doofus son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family!”

Forget hitting the nail on the head, he drove it all the way in. The “Pipe Bomb” woke people up to be sure. If only Triple H had the good sense to run with it.

The smarks love what Triple H has done with NXT. Some of them are willing to overlook that his ego has led to some very soul-crushing moments and groan-inducing matches. They include just about everything he did with Punk in 2011. Way to kill his momentum buddy.

Unlike Vince, Triple H has his finger on the pulse. His choices just happen to line up with what the smarks want, but in some ways he’s the same as his father-in-law. Rollins is Triple H's guy and he pushed him. Reigns was not and he suffered for it.

Amazing how the same people that boo the hell out of Reigns are fine to let Stephanie McMahon abuse the superstars on the air and let her ego run unchecked. Triple H married her to solidify his position but how did she herself get the power she has? She didn’t earn it.

Punk called bullshit on them. Bravo.

Some things haven’t changed, but what has?

That’s all I got. I just wanted to mark the occasion.

Don’t mess with the X.

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