Summer Of Punk
Wrestler threatens to leave with a title.


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A type of Professional Wrestling storyline where a wrestler who is going to to leave the company soon threatens to take a championship with them. Most wrestling organizations try to maintain some level of respect and integrity for their championships, so the danger of being without a champion, or of having the championship disrespected somehow, can potentially strike quite a chord.

In Real Life WWF Women's Champion Alundra Blayze infamously showed up on WCW Monday Nitro and threw the belt in a garbage can, and fear of Bret Hart pulling a similar stunt led to the Montreal Screwjob; although those incidents are probably in the back of every fan and writer's mind, the probability of a wrestler actually doing this, as opposed to just acting out a part in a storyline, are pretty low in today's wrestling business climate.

Because this trope is so strongly linked with those Real Life incidents Summer Of Punk storylines are apt to include unusually high amounts of Worked Shoot promos.


Examples

  • CM Punk is the Trope Namer because he has been the central player in this storyline twice across two different companies:
    • In Ring of Honor, Punk won the ROH World Championship in what was billed as his last match in June 2005. Afterwards, he turned heel and declared he would bring the title with him to WWE, then stayed around defending it until he was defeated by James Gibson in a Four-Way match about two months later.
    • In WWE, Punk earned a shot at the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank, revealed it was his last night with the company, declared he would leave with the title, and cut a Worked Shoot promo calling out Vince McMahon. This led to some shenanigans with Punk getting suspended and then reinstated, Vince trying to screw Punk during the match, and Punk winning and ultimately leaving the arena with the belt. Most commentators think he actually has some sort of deal with WWE that will see Punk returning eventually, but only time will tell how the story plays out.
  • When it was announced that Tyler Black had signed a developmental deal with WWE, he was holding the ROH title. Black promptly turned heel and announced he would take the title with him when his time with Ring of Honor was done, but Roderick Strong defeated him for it before that happened.
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