CM Punk’s 434-day WWE Championship reign from 2011 to 2013 still stands as the longest WWE title reign of The Modern Era. “Advocate” Paul Heyman, who stood in Punk’s corner at that time, played a vital role in the Second City Saint’s historic title run.
Heyman helped Punk defend the WWE Championship against the likes of John Cena, Mark Henry, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Ryback, Big Show and Sheamus.
The legendary mastermind manager also had an immense contribution to the ECW star’s overall rise to superstardom as the “Advocate” saw immense potential in Punk during his early days at Ohio Valley Wrestling and pushed him up the ranks.
In a recent interview with WFAN radio’s Beningo & Roberts ahead of SummerSlam, Heyman spilled the beans which would break any Punk fan’s heart. Paul said that he is no longer in touch with the ex-WWE Champion and is not sure if his former client will ever return to WWE.
“I don’t text him at all. And… in this business I’ve learned never to presume that someone’s not coming back, but if anybody’s not coming back, he’s the exception that defines the rule.”
Punk bid WWE goodbye in 2014 immediately after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view citing issues with the creative and personal health.
The Straight Edge Superstar then quickly signed a deal with UFC but all hopes were washed away as his performance in The Octagon wasn’t at par with the ones he put together in Vince McMahon’s promotion.
After losing his debut fight to Mickey Gall via submission at UFC 203, Punk lost his second fight to Mike Jackson via unanimous decision at UFC 225.
Heyman, who is now the regular “Advocate” of UFC legend and longest-reigning WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, helped The Beast break Punk’s Modern Era record for the longest world title reign in professional wrestling.
At SummerSlam, Lesnar’s 504 days Universal Championship reign was put to an end by Roman Reigns.
Punk defended the WWE Championship 141 times during his title reign while Lesnar managed to rank up only 11 title defenses.
On being asked to choose between the Beast Incarnate and the Best in the World’s championship reign, Heyman dropped the bomb without hesitating for a second:
“What was the stock when CM Punk was the champion? What’s the stock now?”
“I have news for everybody. I know this will come as a shock. I know this is the type of news… fans hate to hear. Ready? It’s a business. It’s a business.”
“So the stock, when CM Punk was champion was, what? 19? 20? 21? The stock is now at 80! $80 per share.”
“Who was the main event of WrestleMania? Who is the main event of SummerSlam? Who’s the most featured performer? Who’s on all the billboards? Who’s on all the posters? Who right now has an advocate speaking for him on WFAN? Brock Lesnar. Stock’s at 80. Obviously something is being done that is correct.”