This is just so rich, it has to be shared.
Paul Roma, he of the Young Stallions and Power and Glory with the World Wrestling Federation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, talked about current WWE Champion CM Punk on his "Glorious" show on ClubWWI.com recently. His quotes are amazing.
Here's what he said:
"He looks like somebody who was dragged out of the tattoo parlor - kicks his feet up and is just chain-smoking cigarettes. Not somebody that you want your son to look like.
"But, at the end of the day, you have to look at him and look at Honky Tonk Man. Honky Tonk was a guy who had no body, but had a great gimmick and people wanted to see him get beat. So when he went out there and beat all these ex-champions and champions-to-be like Tito Santana, people were saying, 'How can that be? How can he beating Tito? How can he be beating this guy? How can he be beating that guy?' And that's what had you coming back. Again, it's like Mike Tyson. You don't have to like him, but you're going to watch to see him get beat. If you do like him, you're gonna watch to see him not get beat.
"And that's the same thing with CM Punk. You said it. He doesn't have a physique. He' s just that less-than-average guy as far as physically looking at him and he goes out there and wins, wins, wins. And it drives the average Joe out in the audience, that looks like him, to say, 'Oh, I can do that, man. CM Punk is doing it and he looks like s--t. I can do it.' The other people out there, who are jacked and in better shape physically, are saying, 'When's this guy gonna get beat?' That's the philosophy that Vince is using with this dude."
So CM Punk is Honky Tonk Man because he doesn't have a great body but managed to get over anyway and no one can believe it? And we're all sitting around and wondering how Punk could possibly beat anyone who actually does have a good body?
That kind of mindset is about as Vince McMahon as it gets. It's easy to see how Roma would think that way considering the era he comes from, when you had to look like a Greek god to get pushed. And that's fine for then but it hasn't been that way in a long time, not really. It's why Daniel Bryan can have a successful career after getting over so big despite his size.
And it's why Punk has been champion for over 400 consecutive days.
But maybe some of you agree with Roma's thoughts on the matter. If so, let's hear why you think he's right.