Sometimes it’s tempting to get caught up in the past as a WWE fan. When you think back to childhood memories of watching Hulk Hogan fight for what’s right Monday nights, to watching Stone Cold Steve Austin give the middle finger to the man, it can be hard to imagine any modern WWE storylines even coming close to the “good old days.”
But while everyone will always have their favorite era of WWE, the truth is that living in the past can sometimes make you blind to greatness in the present. WWE is a 24/7, 365 day a year brand of entertainment and with that much content, they are bound to produce something excellent even in leaner years.
In fact, recent years have produced several storylines that could easily stand toe to toe with the very best WWE has ever produced. Among them, these are the very best.
*Note: The time frame for consideration was January 1st, 2011 to January 1st, 2016.
10. CM Punk’s Heel Turn
When CM Punk won the WWE Championship from Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series 2011, it felt like WWE was ready to fix the errors of the "Summer of Punk" angle from a couple of months prior (more on that later) by letting Punk get a run as the face of the company. However, as Punk defended his title in great matches vs. the likes of Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryant it just felt like there was something missing.
WWE and CM Punk would discover that missing piece when Punk turned heel by attacking The Rock on the 1000th episode of Raw. In doing so, Punk picked up where he left off with his famous pipe bomb promo by spending the next several months airing his grievances about the state of WWE and its top performers. With the WWE Championship around his waist and Paul Heyman at his side, CM Punk did a brilliant job of turning all but his most adamant supporters against his increasingly paranoid and diabolical persona.
CM Punk started his incredible 434-day championship run struggling to stay edgy as an anti-hero in the PG WWE world but ended it by once again proving to everyone that he is indeed one of the most naturally gifted heels to ever step into the ring.