When CM Punk signed with WWE back in 2005, many people awaited his eventual debut on the WWE main roster.
Punk would eventually debut on the relaunched ECW as a solo babyface, but that may not have always been the plan for Punk’s debut.
Another legendary WWE name who debuted in 2006 was Mickie James, who debuted as the crazed fan of Women’s Champion Trish Stratus. However, her and Punk were both slated to debut earlier, and at the exact same time.
Former WWE star Mickie James recently appeared on the Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw podcast, where she detailed the original pitch for her to be called up as the manager for CM Punk, and that the she did come out as his manager on an episode of Sunday Night Heat which never made air.
“I was supposed to debut before and it was with CM Punk as his manager on Sunday [Night Heat]. I was so devastated at that moment when Hunter came back and said, ‘I like both you guys. I just don’t see it together.’
“They filled that spot with some replays of something else that happened on RAW with Rhyno or something. I was so devastated at that moment, but then I went like, ‘How different would my career be if my introduction to the WWE Universe was Sunday Night Heat, a manager for CM Punk?’ Would it have been great? Probably, yeah, but it wouldn’t have been what Trish and I had which was really special and it was a game changer. I think it really started to help flip the script to say, Okay, well women can also be just two females, a main storyline driven thing, because that was really one of the first ones that I can recall.”
Mickie James made headlines last night due to a controversial tweet regarding the new $12 million allegations against Vince McMahon.
transcription via WrestlingNews.co
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