CM Punk has held the WWE Championship for 379 consecutive days as of this writing, a feat that has placed him firmly in the record books.
He has held nearly every major championship in WWE and worked some of the biggest names in the business including the Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Triple H, Randy Orton and of course, John Cena. But he has one opponent left to face and one mountain left to climb.
The time has come for CM Punk to face The Rock in the main event of WrestleMania.
To be honest, I have long held the opinion that Rocky will square off against Cena, in a rematch from this year’s Mania. Though Vince McMahon had advertised WrestleMania 28’s epic showdown as “once in a lifetime,” I for one was not convinced that would actually be the case.
After all, this is WWE we’re talking about here, where anything can happen, right?
Rock vs. Cena at WrestleMania 28 was a huge moneymaker for WWE, and was the biggest WWE pay-per-view of all time. Why would any promoter, especially McMahon, stop with just one match?
Why not cash in one more time? Certainly every issue between Rocky and John could not have been resolved with just one bout, why not give fans another great WWE moment?
A win over Rocky would vindicate John from this year’s loss and would once again reestablish him as the undisputed top dog of WWE. No doubt about it, that was definitely my train of thought when considering what the main event of WrestleMania 29 should be.
But after the way recent storylines have played out on Raw the past month or so, I have really changed my mind on this one. Why?
Because of the two Superstars, I believe that CM Punk is the one headed in the right direction for a prime spot against the People’s Champion on the grandest stage of them all.
Punk is the champ. Period. He has defeated every opponent placed in front of him, consistently turned in one great match after another, and done it all while still being as effective on the microphone as he was since he first entered the business. And with the addition of Paul Heyman by his side, Punk is stronger than ever before.
He is at the pulse of the company, the featured attraction on Monday Night Raw. As the champion, Punk holds the richest prize in the industry and has become the biggest heel on WWE programming.
Though Ryback has put him to the test, Punk always finds a way to come out on top and despite any criticism he receives due to ratings, the fact is that WWE has showed a real commitment to keeping Punk at the top.
Add to this the jabs that both Rocky and Punk have thrown at each other via Twitter over the past few months, and you have a brewing rivalry that I believe will not end at the Royal Rumble.
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