Thursday, May 15, 2014
A Mattel Flashback To The Unspoiled Days Of CM Punk
As of yet, CM Punk has not fully been scraped from the consciousness of wrestling fans. His merchandise is said to still be sold at WWE events. Items sold at retail will take even longer to disappear, as Mattel is still releasing figures of Punk that were planned long in advance. One of these just began to hit collectors hands in the past few days. An online retailer exclusive, the newest CM Punk figure in Mattel's Elite line is a Flashback entry.
The figure is a look back to Punk's reign as ECW Champion. This was not the original incarnation of ECW, but rather its revival as a WWE brand. For the various men that held the championship during this era, Punk was probably the closest to what Paul Heyman envisioned an ECW wrestler to be. Even then, Heyman was a "CM Punk Guy" and there is little doubt that Punk would have been a standout in the original Extreme Championship Wrestling.
The attire is red and black which was one of his more frequently used color combinations. Jakks figures from the time were produced in a similar design. The shirt is the familiar skeleton design that he wore on many occasions. Mattel has a fixation on rubber shirts, likely due to cost. I'd much rather see fabric shirts, but it does properly fit onto the figure with some patience.
Online exclusives can be very hit-or-miss sales-wise. Some will sell quickly and become sought after while others will languish for years as $11.99 Arbor Day specials. I fully expect this to be the former due to the recent interest in Punk, the accessories, and the fact that it really is a nice figure, in and out of the packaging.
Going back to the beginning and the question of 2014: will that Savage-level of stubbornness keep Punk away from the ring forever? As a thirteen-year fan of CM Punk I can honestly say that I do not know and I do not care. Punk walked away from the business for a variety of speculated reasons. The chants of his name at events absolutely boggle my mind. At first, the chants were likely due to confusion as to why he left and an attempt to copy the Daniel Bryan uproar. The Bryan situation was a case of fans trying to get what they wanted from a company. On the other hand, if Punk isn't there, the WWE can't present him. Continual chants do nothing but interrupt other stars who are trying to entertain and further feed the ego of someone who would likely deny having one.
The most recent word is that Punk is tired of handling the fame and fortune. Looking in from the outside, it's easy for any of us to be disgusted by that thought and think that we would easily exchange those problems with our own. Allow me to be the first to volunteer.
Before we get too dramatic and I feel the need to call noted wrestling psychologist Dr. Sydney M. Basil for his opinion, I will simply say that Punk has given us a lot to enjoy. An absolutely fantastic career where, if it is indeed over, we never had to see a drop in quality. That's something that we can all be satisfied with.