Originally posted by spfI know I come off as a Punk apologist with this post.
You're just being informative. And I agree with you. You can't really watch Punk beat Justin Credible in three minutes and think "oh, so this is the great C.M. Punk, big whoop." He didn't make his reputation doing JTTS squashes.
Also, he might not be doing moves that make you jump up out of your seat, (understandably) underwhelming people who have high expectations based on the drones (not you) that this guy is the be-all end-all. But his push has worked -- he's pretty over with the live crowd, who've responded to the way he's been debuted, slowly built up, and protected.
The key element to Flair/Angle was that the two had chemistry in the ring together. Was it a classic match for either? No. However, it does make you wonder how great a Flair '89 vs. Angle '01 match could have been.