In the latest edition of his now-famous podcast, Arn Anderson recalled the events related to the pay-per-view Elimination Chamber staged in 2011. The highlight of the evening was the match between John Cena and CM Punk, which would have decreed the 'number 1 contender' for the WWE title at WrestleMania 27.
As fans will surely remember, the match was won by the 16-time world champion amidst the skepticism of the experts. Four months later, CM Punk became the protagonist of the very famous 'Pipe Bomb' promo, in which he exposed all the problems that plagued the WWE in that historical period.
Many have wondered if Punk's claims stemmed from a previously written script, or if the Chicago athlete had been left free to express his thoughts.
Arn Anderson on CM Punk
"I knew those were CM Punk's true opinions, they were too strong to be prepared," confided Arn Anderson.
“They let him go into the ring to let off steam. I don't know if they imagined that he would have gone that far, we still talk about that promo today. I knew well that he was tired and that he was not at ease in the workplace, he needed to recover a minimum of serenity.
He wasn't happy for a variety of reasons, but I can't say exactly what he was freaking out about ”- he added. John Cena then faced The Miz in the WrestleMania 27 main event, a choice that generated several criticisms.
"There was so much talent in that edition of WrestleMania that it seemed a waste to many to see The Miz in the main event of the night. When they saw that The Miz was in the ring with John Cena, several guys were convinced they deserved that spot.
There was a bit of tension backstage. Miz had always been considered a mid-card wrestler, that's why that decision made many colleagues and industry experts turn up their nose,” commented Anderson. During Talking Smack this week, Daniel Bryan cut a passionate promo on Paul Heyman.
He plans to capture the reign that should have been his, even before CM Punk and a moniker of the best wrestler in the world. I have a message for you to give to Roman Reigns. I want you to give this message to Roman Reigns. I am no longer putting myself on the backburner.
I am no longer putting other people first. I am going out to take what’s mine and that’s the reign I should have had before CM Punk and that’s the best damn wrestler in the world”. Daniel Bryan will face Jey Uso in a steel cage match next week on SmackDown.
If Bryan is able to defeat Uce, then he will get a Universal Title shot at Fastlane. Bryan seems very committed to making all of that happen for himself as he continues to prove he is the best.