Oh how far we've come.
Long before he cut his infamous worked shoot promo on Monday Night Raw that made him one of the most popular superstars on the entire WWE roster, CM Punk was just a guy from the independent scene trying to make his way in the big leagues.
After a stellar run through Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and Ring of Honor (ROH), Punk was signed by WWE in 2005 and sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), the company's developmental territory at the time. Less than a year later, he was called up to the main roster and sent to the resurrected Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).
Vignettes hyped his debut, with Punk pushing his straight edge lifestyle, and on this date in history (Aug. 1, 2006), Punk had his debut match against Justin Credible at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
It's a solid five minute match that featured Punk working many of the spots that he's become so famous for, not to mention a few you likely won't see him doing again. Credible deserves credit for putting him over so big, too.
Check out the match after the jump.