The most anticipated WWE DVD of the year has officially made its way to store shelves, and it does not disappoint.
CM Punk’s “Best in the World” takes fans on a candid and honest journey through his life in the near two-hour documentary portion. Whether it’s his biological, adopted or wrestling family or Vince McMahon, nothing is off limits.
Punk appears relatable, as his story is weaved through clips chronicling his WWE schedule, eating habits and training, as well as his love of tattoos, comics and music. Even those who aren’t wrestling enthusiasts will appreciate this tale of a regular kid from Chicago who wouldn’t let anything or anyone stand in his way of achieving his goals.
Those closest to Punk provide insight on the man inside and outside the ring. One emotional story that really sticks out comes from Joey Mercury, who currently works as a trainer for Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE’s developmental territory. Mercury delves into how Punk was there for him when he was battling his demons with drugs and alcohol. It’s easy to see how important Punk’s friends are to him.
Despite not being on the active roster, it was nice to see his best friend Colt Cabana on the release. It’s a prime example of the creative freedom the outspoken WWE champ had with this project. IWA Mid-South and Ring of Honor lent footage of Punk wrestling the likes of Chris Hero and Samoa Joe, which really added to the storytelling. The early promos Punk cut in those promotions really foreshadowed his future success in captivating an audience. With that said, the straightedge superstar didn’t speak of his appearances with TNA Impact Wrestling.
Punk worked and crawled his way up and down and up and down and up the WWE ladder. Nothing was handed to him, and respect wasn’t easily received. Paul Heyman, who Punk says he owes his career to, went to bat for him early in his tenure with the company. This sheds more light of how far their partnership goes.
Along with the doc portion of the release comes a series of great Punk matches. Among them are my favorites against John Morrison for the ECW title and versus William Regal. The Blu-ray is packed with even more stories and interviews. In the same lane as the Randy Orton DVD, “Best in the World” is right up there with the best productions WWE has produced. It’s well worth your time.
CM Punk’s “Best in the World” is available in stores and online.
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