Will CM Punk Lose His Title Due to the Shield Interference?

After their onslaught on the People’s Champion during the latest edition of Monday Night Raw, the team of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns—better known as the Shield—have been banned from interfering with the WWE Championship match between current champion CM Punk and his challenger the Rock at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

The announcement was made on Tuesday via a WWE.com update on a supposed injury the Rock had.

According to the WWE.com update, “Mr. McMahon has added a new stipulation to Sunday’s WWE Championship Match: If The Shield interfere in this bout, Punk will be stripped of his title.”

Ever since the Shield’s debut on November 8, 2012 during the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns have been instrumental in allowing the 400-plus-days champion CM Punk to retain his title. Could the Shield once again join Punk in the ring?

With the Rock expected to win the WWE title against CM Punk this weekend, the Shield’s intervention at the Royal Rumble could set up the perfect scenario where Punk can both drop the strap and seem like a strong champion.

If Punk was to lose his title to the Rock as a result of a disqualification—on account of the latest stipulation on their match—he could set up a rematch claiming that he was “robbed” of his title.

It remains to be seen whether the Shield will have a presence this Sunday, but if CM Punk is to lose his title, what better way than to do so because of outside interference.

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Who Could Help CM Punk Retain the WWE Championship?

For the last few weeks, the internet wrestling community has talked about reports that WWE Champion CM Punk is going to drop the title to the Rock at the Royal Rumble this Sunday.

Leaked DVD previews (like one reported on WWEDVDNews.com) and backstage reports are supporting this, but I’m not convinced at all.

Sure, it would be considered good business if Rock won because he can do the media runs carrying the championship on television while promoting whatever movie is coming out next. And yes, we saw Vince McMahon announce that Punk would be stripped of the championship if the Shield gets involved.

So Punk cannot get the benefit of outside interference, right?

What about someone like Brad Maddox returning to the picture? Maybe a star in NXT? Or maybe someone unexpected in John Cena?

Have we forgotten that he did help Punk retain the championship against Ryback at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view back in October?

There was also the backstage segment last Monday on Raw where we saw Maddox walk up to Paul Heyman, who hinted at what could be a potential partnership. Consider if you will the situation where the Shield comes out but remains in the crowd, which causes a distraction leading to Maddox taking the Rock out to set up the win for Punk.

Now there was a WWE.com report that Maddox and his personal cameraman were attacked at the SmackDown tapings.

The Royal Rumble could be the perfect time for John Cena to turn heel.

I haven’t read the spoilers for Friday’s show, so I don’t know if it involved Heyman, Punk or the WWE Championship.

But maybe we’ll see someone else get involved.

While the Shield members were banned from ringside, why couldn’t we see a new member debut and officially join the group after the Royal Rumble?

This could be a great opportunity to help the newest heel faction grow and bring up another potential star out of the NXT roster. My top pick for that would be Kassius Ohno, the former Chris Hero of independent wrestling fame.

Ohno could be a good heel for the company and has great technical skills in the ring. He also has ties with current Shield members Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in different independent promotions (i.e. CZW and Ring of Honor).

Outside of that, many fans are expecting Randy Orton to turn heel soon. But maybe we’ll see the swerve from the creative team that makes John Cena a heel.

While thinking of people that would possible names that could get involved in the title match, it would make sense if Cena cost the Rock the WWE Championship. We remember Cena kind of took the heel role during the promos towards the Rock leading up to last year’s WrestleMania.

So far, he’s been focused on the Royal Rumble match and has not really been in any championship picture for a while now.

Now these are all ideas and I couldn’t tell you what the creative staff at the Stamford, Conn. office is plotting.

But I try to expect the unexpected, especially around this time in the pro wrestling season.

I’ll admit I’m in the camp that supports Punk holding the championship as he faces off with the Undertaker in a streak vs. streak match.

As for the Rock and Cena rumored for a second-in-a-lifetime main event, let them have it.

We’ve seen the Undertaker face Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania in back to back years, as well as Triple H the last two.

So WWE isn’t afraid to repeat a main event. I just feel with all of this build for CM Punk’s championship reign, it wouldn’t feel right for it to end anywhere else than the grandest stage of them all.

CM Punk Would Have Ruled In The Original ECW

“I’ve been the best ever since day one when I walked into this company, and I’ve been vilified and hated since that day because Paul Heyman saw something in me that nobody else wanted to admit.  That’s right, I’m a Paul Heyman guy.”

CM Punk has never shied away from the fact that he owes his career to the creator of Extreme Championship Wrestling. It was through the resurrected version of ECW under the WWE umbrella where Punk first found success in the company.

Years later, we have watched Punk rewrite the history books of the WWE Championship.

It has been nearly 12 years since the original incarnation of ECW went bankrupt and finally folded, after a long battle with two companies much bigger and wealthier than the Little Philadelphia Promotion That Could.

The reach of ECW’s influence is immeasurable, and wrestling today would not be the same had Paul Heyman not been at the helm.

Had CM Punk been born just a few years earlier, he would most definitely have played a key factor in the success of Extreme Championship Wrestling.

First and foremost, CM Punk remains a Paul Heyman guy.

Heyman demanded that Punk be brought up from Ohio Valley Wrestling, WWE’s developmental territory at the time, with both his name and character intact, as soon as he was ready to debut for the new version of ECW. Back before the days of YouTube and social media, wrestling relied on the art of tape-trading and simple word-of-mouth marketing to bring in new talent and create new stars.

Had Heyman caught the scent of CM Punk, who began his professional career in IWA Mid-South in Louisville, Kentucky (founded by ECW alumnus Ian Rotten), it would only have been a matter of time before he was brought him into the ECW Arena and made him into one of the newest sensations.

Making a character out of his straight-edge lifestyle and rubbing it in the face of people whom he considered beneath him would have worked incredibly well in almost any venue. In the heart of South Philly, where the audience reveled in violence and pure wrestling, Punk could have turned into the company’s top heel overnight.

Raw_1017_photo_159_crop_exact Photo Credit: WWE.com

Punk was involved in a feud with Raven during his time with Ring of Honor in 2003. It was a feud which saw Punk compare Raven to his father, starting a bitter rivalry that finally saw Punk defeat Raven inside a steel cage in November of that year.

It’s entirely conceivable that this could have taken place inside an ECW event years earlier, molding Punk into the performer we know now, and allowing the character of Raven to naturally evolve in a free environment.

Who else could he have personally attacked for their lifestyle choices and wrestling styles?  The Sandman comes to mind, as does Tommy Dreamer and a multitude of other men who passed through ECW and made a name for themselves by brutalizing each other until the canvas looked like a section of Hell.

One battle I would like to have seen while still a viable option would have been Cactus Jack/Mick Foley vs. Punk. In the late ’90s and even the early 2000s, this would have been incredible. Today, however, I feel sad whenever I see Foley hobble into the ring just to speak. I pray he doesn’t try and wrestle again.

Punk no doubt would have reveled in the notoriety that came with the ECW name. For all the controversy that he sparked for mocking Jerry Lawler’s heart attack, he would not only have the ability to generate 10 times the heat in a Paul Heyman-run company, he would have the same desire.

Had he been able to start a Straight-Edge Society in ECW and attempt to convert people in small venues one at a time, he would have been chased out of buildings.

This is not to say I don’t like what he has been doing for years in WWE.  Coming as far as he has and holding the WWE Championship for over a year has been nothing short of incredible to watch, and after next Monday he will dethrone John Cena in his continuing conquest of the longest reign with the title.

Still, it’s fun to imagine what could have happened if Heyman had discovered Punk before anybody else.

Is CM Punk Part of the NXT Invasion Not?

WWE champion CM Punk has twice been helped by NXT Wrestling stars Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, but it is still unclear if they are working for Punk or if they have ulterior motives.

When push comes to shove, the “NXT Three” figure to be revealed as Punk’s insurance policy.

Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns burst onto the scene at Survivor Series as Ryback appeared to be on the verge of winning the WWE championship. He had already taken out Punk with Shell Shocked and had done the same to John Cena, but the promising trio stormed the ring dressed entirely in black and powerbombed Ryback through the announce table. This allowed Punk to pin Cena and retain the title.

Ryback attempted to crash Punk’s year-long title reign celebration the next night on Raw, but he was once again foiled by the “NXT Three.” Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns powerbombed Ryback through the announce table for a second time and ended the show standing tall in the ring while Punk stood over Ryback with the WWE championship in his grasp.

Punk appeared to be surprised by the “NXT Three” attack on Monday night as he looked at Paul Heyman and they exchanged a shrug, but the evidence is clearly pointing toward a partnership of some kind. Punk has been lucky to escape with the title at each of the past three pay-per-views, and it seems likely that Heyman enlisted the help of some young upstarts to make it possible.

One clue in favor of that theory is that Heyman essentially tricked Ryback into showing up at Punk’s celebration. Earlier in the night, he invited Ryback to attend, which seemed odd since both he and Punk are generally afraid of the monstrous man. The only way that would make sense, though, is if Heyman had set up the attack ahead of time and knew that Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns would be there.

Also, the rumored name of the NXT triumvirate is “The Shield,” which is what the Spanish announce team called them at Survivor Series. Many fans are upset about the proposed name and think it’s stupid, but it makes perfect sense. If Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns are aligned with Punk, then they are basically acting as a shield to deflect Ryback and prevent him from getting to Punk and taking his WWE championship.

Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns are scheduled to be interviewed by Michael Cole on the upcoming edition of Raw. While the interview may reveal the true intentions behind their actions, it’s entirely possible that they’ll deny any involvement with Punk and Heyman. Brad Maddox said his reasoning behind taking out Ryback at Hell in a Cell was so that he could become a star, and “The Shield” may say something similar.

Even so, I’m still convinced that Maddox is working with Punk and Heyman as well. Heyman spoke with Maddox prior to his $1 million contract match against Ryback a couple of weeks ago and the nature of that discussion has yet to be revealed. Either Heyman was already working with him at that point or he used that conversation to set up something down the line, such as Maddox joining “The Shield” in the near future.

As things currently stand, it appears very likely that Punk will defend the WWE championship against Ryback in a tables match at TLC. Ryback has been put through a table twice in the past eight days and that is more than just a coincidence.

If that is the case, look for Vince McMahon to ban “The Shield” from the match. He could put forth a stipulation that states if Rollins, Ambrose or Reigns interfere in the match, Ryback automatically wins the WWE championship.

That would seemingly put Punk and Heyman in an impossible situation, but it could lead to the return of Maddox and perhaps even the long-anticipated return of Brock Lesnar at TLC.

On the ensuing Raw, a heel stable of Punk, Heyman, Rollins, Ambrose, Reigns, Maddox and Lesnar would be revealed and the odds would suddenly be stacked against The Rock at the Royal Rumble.

The WWE has waited for a very long time to debut Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns, and I doubt that they would be thrust into the spotlight without big plans already in place.

Allowing “The Shield” to go off on its own without the tutelage of Punk and Heyman would be a big mistake, as the fans likely wouldn’t care enough about the group in that situation.

With Punk and Heyman doing the talking for them, however, it would be impossible for Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns not to get over. There have certainly been some instances in the past where the WWE has squandered young talent, but these guys are considered can’t-miss prospects and won’t suffer the same fate.

Here are Some CM Punk NXT or The Shield related photos:

Should CM Punk Join The NXT Invasion?

The NXT Invasion does seem to have givin CM Punk a hand to defeat Ryback and I cant understand if they NXT guys wanted to  ‘make a statement’ they didnt attack Punk aswell? Although that could be said for Brad Maddox aswell.
Previous Story of Brad Maddox:
https://picturesofcmpunk.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/brad-maddox-push-could-wwe-make-something-of-this-ryback-to-be-beaten-again/

Although the WWE Champion CM Punk never spent any time on NXT, he was involved in OVW which at that time was pretty much NXT, it was WWE’s developmental ground and at the time run by Paul Heyman. So the guy knows what is like to break through. In Punks Best In The World DVD he says that he was disappointed to have to go into OVW after being a star in the independent scene prior to debuting in WWE.

CM Punk has denied being in cahoots with Brad Maddox, but we have yet to learn regarding any relationship with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.

When the WWE NXT Invasion develops into an official stable, no one will be surprised to see CM Punk as the leader.

CM Punk has proven to be a great leader. He led the New Nexus until his contract expired following Money in the Bank 2011.

In addition, he led the Straight Edge Society, which was unfortunately cut short. This was the perfect stable for Punk to lead based on his character. Punk discusses in his recently released DVD that he wished he was able to do more with the SES.

The WWE NXT Invasion would be wise to not just include CM Punk, but allow him to lead them to the main-event level of the company.

CM Punk does like to boost the underdogs and push the company to give the young guys some TV time. Here is CM Punk on NXT celebrating with Seth Rollins back in August and there werehttps://picturesofcmpunk.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php parallels drawn between the two back then.

Also another Fun video for you, CM Punk’s Rookie (Darren Young, from The Prime Time Players) takes on NXT Rookie Skip Sheffield (Ryback)


But should he join in, perhaps also Heyman could bring in Brock Lesner too?

Here is some Pictures of Punk NXT related:

WWE ‘Not Impressed’ With Champion CM Punk

On Thursday morning, WWE champion CM Punk served as grand marshal for the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago.
(See Previous Posts: https://picturesofcmpunk.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/cm-punk-confirms-he-faces-the-rock-at-the-royal-rumble/
https://picturesofcmpunk.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/are-lita-amy-dumas-and-cm-punk-still-dating-november-2012/)

On Sunday, he will be appearing on “Talking Dead” on AMC to discuss its show, “Walking Dead.”
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Whereas the WWE often sets up media appearances for its stars, Punk set up both appearances on his own. Now the WWE and Punk are upset with each other.

The WWE is furious that Punk went over its head to reel in his two appearances because it likes to control when and where each star goes.

It is said that Punk went out on his own because he felt that the WWE would have given both spots to other “company friendly” stars.

It is truly amazing that Punk has been the WWE champion for more than a year when you consider that he is about as “anti-establishment”as any WWE star of the last 20 years.

Punk’s view the last few months on TV has been that he is disrespected. The funny thing is it isn’t just part of the storyline. He legitimately feels that way. A prime example is that Punk’s likeness hasn’t appeared on any WrestleMania 29 material released thus far.

Does he have a point?

The WWE is champion is always featured on advertising for Mania.

Always, that is, until this year.

It was fitting that Punk wore a “Paul Heyman guy” shirt on Raw on Monday because Heyman is truly the poster child of “anti-establishment.”

Possibly the greatest wrestling mind in professional wrestling since he debuted with the NWA in the late1980s, Heyman has never been a “yes man.”

Punk is anything but a “yes man,” but maybe if the WWE had more of them, storylines wouldn’t be so stale.

CM Punk #365 and Counting!

CM Punk has declared himself one the greatest grapplers in history after holding the WWE Championship for more than a year.

In an era of quick title changes and championship reigns that have lasted less than a few hours, Punk sailed past the 365-day mark on this week’s Raw.

The Second City Saint said on the last RAW the lengthy run places him above the likes of Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock in the historical standings.

Accompanied by his manager Paul Heyman, Punk took to the ring to set himself an unlikely target – beating Bruno Sammartino’s world-record reign by staying as WWE champion until July 2018.

Punk, who is currently feuding with John Cena and Ryback, should soon pass Cena’s best of 380 days, leaving him trailing only the mega-reigns of Sammartino (twice), Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan and Pedro Morales.

Given Hogan’s four-year stint on top was the most recent and came to an end in 1988, that really would cement Punk’s claim to be The Best In The World…

Now here’s the montage video 🙂

And here are some Pics from his title reign and some Pics for his ‘appreciation’ night (Which I think was really underplayed!)

PS. I highlighted The Undertaker for a reason check out my next post!

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