My favorite wrestling moment of the week is bestowed upon CM Punk and his hilarious antics at the beginning of the Sept. 4 WWE Smackdown. Even though I had seen the results in advance, I was still highly amused by Punk's Jeff Hardy impersonation.
The face paint and outfit were perfect, and he slightly exaggerated Hardy's movements and mannerisms to make them look silly. He took a page from Edge's book by making fun of Hardy's hand symbols.
Punk continues to draw very strong heel heat, reinvigorating himself after sputtering slightly in his second year as a face. Give credit to the WWE camera crew for getting some great shots of the stunned Hardy fans.
In order to prevent the moment from becoming a Charlie Haas impersonation (aka one minute, then nothing), Punk followed his entrance by delivering a sharp promo.
While not near the scathing level of his work in ROH, his promo provided strong criticism not often seen in the WWE lately. It seemed more honest than a Jericho or Edge "I hate you people" promo, more realistic than a "cold viper" Orton speech.
He continued to use Hardy's legitimate suspensions, saying that he is a champion the WWE Universe can rely on. WWE should use more of this real life information to drive storylines and promos, without becoming too reliant and making things "Russo-esque."
Punk would be wise to make sure his promos stay fresh, but right now they have plenty of impact.
I must give honorable mention to Dusty Rhodes aiding Legacy and then receiving an RKO, as well as the Undertaker making yet another sudden appearance during a CM Punk match.
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