ROH World Champion CM Punk 
What has come to be known as the “Summer of Punk” were the final days of CM Punk in independent wrestling. Once he was offered a WWE contract, the independent wrestling world was buzzing about the occasion, especially when the ROH World Champion showed up at Ring Of Honor with the contract. In the ultimate “fuck you” to the fans who had purely supported independent wrestling, Punk signed his contract on the actual title, glaring at the fans as they greeted the motion with jeers.
Through the Summer, ROH did everything they could to remove the title from Punk’s waist before he went to the WWE with the gold. From June 18th to August 12th, Punk had title defenses against Austin Aries, Jay Lethal, Roderick Strong, James Gibson, Christopher Daniels, and Samoa Joe. The Summer culminated in a match that featured Punk against his final 3 rivals, Joe, Daniels, and Gibson, in an elimination match for the gold, which ended with James Gibson being crowned the ROH World Champion.