Five picks to be Raw's franchise player

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May 14, 2012

CM Punk

No Superstar knows how to cause a commotion quite like WWE Champion CM Punk. The Voice of the Voiceless is both Raw's most outspoken Superstar and arguably its most glorified one. With his impulsive behavior and anti-establishment attitude, Punk's presence evokes images of the toughest S.O.B. to make Raw a must-watch program: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It's fitting, then, that Punk wore a "Stone Cold" T-shirt when he launched his legendary pipe bomb on the June 27, 2011 edition of Raw SuperShow.

Punk's stay on the Raw roster hasn't been long, but his ability to make an impact was clear just one week after he was first drafted to the brand on June 23, 2008. On his very first appearance on Raw, The Straight Edge Superstar shocked the WWE Universe by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase against Edge to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Now, he's the longest-reigning WWE Champion in more than four years. We'd say that merits his "Best in the World" moniker, although our next franchise player will tell you otherwise.

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