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.

Does CM Punk Deserves to Face The Rock at WrestleMania

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?

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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.

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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.

Punk and Heyman: Jerrys Heart Attack Segement

Just thought i’d put this out there that I have absolutely no problem with that Punk/Heyman segment.

I’m honestly not surprised that WWE did that, and I do believe that they wouldn’t have went through with it if it wasn’t okay with Jerry. They used to do stuff like that all the time in the attuide era thats what made it great, relax.

Did you all forget those countless times in the WWE where they took real life situations and inserted them into the storylines.

1. Lita cheating on Matt with Edge

2. Jeff Hardy’s house burning down,

3. Jeff Hardy’s drug problem.

That’s just a few of them that I can name off the top of my head. I understand that if you feel that it was taken too far, or that it was too soon, but if you’re gonna go after anybody go after the creative team, not Punk and Heyman.

This is just another way lump more heat  on CM Punk, because we all still think hes great.

Do the odds favor CM Punk at Survivor Series?

The rule of thumb regarding predictions for Triple Threat Matches with championship gold on the line is that the odds always favor the challengers. With two competitors simultaneously facing one titleholder, there are more ways for a contender to capitalize than there are for the reigning champion to come away with a victory.

Yet if recent history is any guide, WWE Champion CM Punk may not hesitate to test those odds.

That’s because The Straight Edge Superstar, who now must defend the WWE Title in a Triple Threat Match at Survivor Series 2012 against John Cena and Ryback, can call upon his successful experiences in three-sided bouts throughout the past year. Since claiming the championship at last year’s edition of Survivor Series, CM Punk has stepped into the ring for a Triple Threat Match at three different pay-per-views — WWE: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2011, No Way Out 2012 and The 25th Anniversary of SummerSlam — and ultimately left all three victorious.

Does that triumphant trend boost the WWE Champion’s chances of winning at Survivor Series as well? While the probable outcomes of a Triple Threat Match continue to put the challengers at an advantage, CM Punk’s track record certainly implies that he can handle himself when facing two Superstars at the same time.

At WWE: TLC 2011, the two-time WWE Champion escaped being handcuffed to a ring post and managed to put both Alberto Del Rio and The Miz away in his first pay-per-view title defense. He later directed the numbers in his favor at No Way Out 2012 by neutralizing one opponent, Daniel Bryan, with a chin-crunching Go to Sleep and later sealing the win by outlasting Kane.

The most valuable evidence of Punk’s resiliency resides in his most recent Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam, however. Moments after John Cena knocked out Big Show with a monumental Attitude Adjustment, Punk pushed Cena out of the ring and claimed the easy pinfall for himself. In mere moments, the Chicago-born competitor went from being the odd man out in the match to the one being declared the winner before a raucous STAPLES Center crowd.

One of Punk’s adversaries in that bout, John Cena, will hope for a different outcome at the upcoming pay-per-view in Indianapolis. Of course, the Cenation leader has not minced words in the past when describing the unpredictability of the three-sided clash’s outcome and the frustration it can create for the competitors.

“I hate any match that isn’t a traditional tag team match or a traditional singles match because anything can happen,” Cena said in a 2011 interview with WWE.com. “It’s truly one of those deals where it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.”

Will Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis prove to be the right place for Cena to reclaim the WWE Championship? Is the main event at Survivor Series the right time for Ryback’s rise to the top of WWE? Or can CM Punk come away with his record-setting WWE Title reign intact?

If neither Cena nor Ryback learn from CM Punk’s recent history with the Triple Threat Match, then the challengers may be doomed to see The Straight Edge Superstar repeat his results in the championship clash this Sunday.

Heyman talks Punk back in 2009

I thought in light of my last post relating to Punk and Paul Heyman that I would did up some of the past between the two. Here is an interesting article from 2009 when punk was world heavyweight champ by Heyman himself it talks about punk in the early stage of his WWE carrer in OVW and then ECW, leading to how he eventually got his break.

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I want to publicly offer my most sincere compliments to World Wrestling Entertainment on the character development the audience is witnessing revolving around Smackdown’s world heavyweight champion CM Punk.

There are many reasons the proverbial glass ceiling in WWE is being shattered, at least for the moment, by the Straight Edge performer from Chicago, Illinois, but here’s one thing that can be stated as an “absolute”…

The CM Punk character is “in play”, and WWE is offering its audience the opportunity to come along for the ride and have an emotional investment in a genuinely interesting character.

When Punk first signed a WWE contract in 2005, he was thought of by the Internet fan base as a “can’t miss” prospect.

Punk was sent to the OVW Developmental System in Louisville, Kentucky to be groomed for the main roster. This was during the time I was assigned to write and produce the OVW Developmental television show.

Gabe Sapolsky, an assistant of mine from the original ECW who scripted Punk in Ring of Honor told me: “He will be a smash hit no matter how long it takes for them to realise it.”

Punk became the focal point of the OVW television show, and was the subject of the scouting reports I would send every other week to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, Talent Relations Exec John Laurinaitis, Stephanie McMahon-LeVesque and the entire writing team.

Yet, of the 30-plus talents called up to the main roster during my seven months developing characters in OVW, Punk was never drafted to Raw or Smackdown.

While I understand that everyone views talents differently, I was always shocked at the lack of any vision whatsoever for such a hard worker and intriguing storyteller like Punk.

His subtle heel mannerisms in OVW were that of a seasoned professional and when he was presented as a babyface, his ability to connect with the crowd could not be denied.

So when I had to build a roster for the resurrected ECW brand, Punk was my first draft choice from the developmental system. That was a no-brainer.

Punk has had his growing pains in WWE, some of which can and should be directly attributable to the fact he was painted to Vince as a “Heyman guy”.

I always hated it when wrestlers were labelled as someone’s project. Punk was a WWE project, for WWE to profit on and from.

His progression should not have been derailed because others lacked the belief in him that I had nor because I was willing to fight to creatively protect a character that obviously connected with the audience and the audience with him.

But a while after my departure from WWE, when the need for a youth movement was evident, the focus started swaying back towards this uniquely charismatic individual.

Much in the way Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy are the antitheses of Vince McMahon’s vision of a true WWE superstar, Punk doesn’t talk like anyone else, wrestle like anyone else or present himself like anyone else on WWE’s roster.

That’s why his character works. It stands out.

When Punk won the Money In The Bank match for the second straight WrestleMania, no one in WWE could see the direction in which the product was headed.

Undertaker needed some time off. Shawn Michaels decided to take a much-deserved rest. Then came the whammy. Jeff Hardy wanted to go home, at least for a while.

The panic button was pushed.

The creative mandate was obvious. The youth movement was in full swing.

Randy Orton was the centre of the WWE Universe. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase would be the ones to help him get his heat and the first line of defence when it came time for the babyfaces to shine like heroes.

Then there’s Chris Jericho. Despite banging on the “40 and over” club door, the presentation of Jericho makes him a new character and, since he has been injury-free his entire career, WWE could count on him.

But then there’s a lot of attempts to create new main event players, but nothing that’s catching on or taking hold.

The Colon Brothers are designed to appeal to the Latino audience, but the lack of emphasis on tag teams in WWE keeps them “luke warm” instead of “hot”, despite them being the unified champs.

MVP is now a babyface but there’s no reason yet for the audience to get behind him, besides that he might just be bedding one of the panellists from The View. Perhaps if WWE told the real life story of this reformed thug who spent almost a decade in US Federal Prison, only to rehabilitate himself and become a global superstar, fans would have a compelling reason to cheer on MVP for his riveting life story.

John Morrison is another character who has been presented as a babyface with nothing to entice the crowd to have a vested interest in his success. Morrison has everything it takes to become this generation’s Heartbreak Kid, but that ascent up the ladder will only commence when the audience is given a genuine reason to latch on to his rising star.

So with all eyes on Orton but HBK, Taker and Batista on the shelf and HHH needing time off too, the pushes of The Colons, Morrison and MVP needing time and TLC (Tender Loving Care from creative, not “Tables Ladders and Chairs”) and Kennedy and Umaga fired, WWE was reeling.

Add in the uncertain future of the popular Jeff Hardy, and what do you do?

WWE came up with a most interesting solution.

Put CM Punk in play.

When Jeff Hardy defeated the awesome Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland for the Smackdown version of the world title in a Ladder Match at Extreme Rules, the audience rejoiced

Then came the best moment in WWE since Orton punted Stephanie.

CM Punk came out, cashed in Money In The Bank and defeated Hardy for the championship.

He didn’t do it in heel fashion. He played by the rules.

All world champions must “defend themselves at all times” from the Sword of Damocles of the Money In The Bank winner cashing in that title contract.

The debate was on.

Was Punk a heel, making what could be at best described as an un-sportsmanlike decision by taking advantage of Hardy’s exhaustion, having just defeated The Rated R Superstar in such a gruelling battle?

Or was Punk a babyface, a ruthless man in a ruthless world, doing something no doubt The Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin would have done if given half the chance?

In the coming weeks, I am sure Punk will display personality traits of both hero and villain. Fan favorite and subtle rulebreaker. B abyface and heel.

His character, based on his real life discipline of abstaining from drugs and alcohol, can be presented as both a man of principles, and a champion who, with the exception of the drugs and alcohol he is above, will do anything to remain the World Heavyweight Title holder.

As Smackdown looks to hold onto its audience in the post-Jeff Hardy Fall Season 2009, the audience has a lot to be interested in.

What will Hardy’s send-off be like?

He surely has to be given time off. A man with two strikes in the Wellness Policy who speaks up publicly of his desire to go home for a while should not be pushed to stay on the road. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Where does Edge’s character go? Are there enough heroes to stand up in the face of adversity personified by heels Edge, Jericho, and Punk?

Is it time for the Vickie Guerrero-less Edge to become Smackdown’s Last Hope?

And what becomes of CM Punk?

Each week, as a new clue emerges for both sides of the heel v babyface debate, an uber-talented performer gets the chance to tease the audience, get them to care, make you wonder what’s next for a champion you absolutely know is “the character in play” on Smackdown.

When the audience knows the WWE Universe revolves around a pivotal superstar, it gives fans a reason to discuss the latest twists and turns with their friends, to watch the television shows and to purchase tickets to the live events as well as the monthly PPVs.

Every show featuring Punk becomes a “must-see” because his star is emerging, and you might just miss the event that kicks off the big push to WrestleMania season.

Or even just the next big clue as to where WWE is headed with his character and the world title picture.

With WWE sending out ill-advised press releases treating Donald Trump’s “purchase of Raw” as “real”, and a top tier that has unfortunately grown stale because of the lack of new matchups, World Wrestling Entertainment has found a reason for you to watch, care, and spend.

And that reason is CM Punk.

Thats right I’m a Paul Hayman guy!

CM Punk is a Paul Heyman guy. We got that from that epic promo of his.

Punk’s on his way to turning all out heel, he apparently has decided to recruit the one man that so many fans love to, well, love.  Paul Heyman, who is customarily seen at the side of Brock Lesnar, now looks to be in the corner of the WWE champion.  Is it a good fit?  No.

It’s a great fit.

On one side, you have one of the best promo men in the business today, the guy who has the ability to get a reaction, to tell a story, every time he opens his mouth.

And, on the other side, you have a guy who has been doing all that, and a lot more, for nearly 25 years.  Basically, Paul Heyman is the master.

Heyman was brought into WWE when the company bought ECW years ago but he has been responsible for many unique talents getting a shot in WWE who otherwise wouldn’t have.

Since there is already a built-in foundation between Punk and Heyman, it makes the story that much easier to tell. These are two men who hate the traditional WWE style and want it to change. Both men are on a quest for respect.

But CM Punk is no pupil, more of a peer, and as we all sit back and brace ourselves for what could possibly happen next week, we should remember to have fun with it.

Because you know they’re going to.

Punk was seen being driven by Paul Hayman leaving Raw after kicking Cena in the head and costing him his falls count anywhere match against Del Rio

If you ask me, there is a bit of funny business going down between these two. It’s already clear that Heyman is working with Brock Lesnar and Lesnar did have a little altercation with Cena earlier this year. Maybe I’m reading a little bit too much into this, but could Punk, Heyman and Lesnar all be working together? Could those three begin what is a brand new stable in the WWE?

Stables have been few and far in between as of late. The last stable I remember being decent also involved CM Punk and that was the Straight Edge Society. While they had a decent run, it is still nothing like the stables of the past like DX, Vince McMahon’s Corporation or even Evolution.

I am all for a stable in the WWE and it doesn’t get much bigger than Punk, Lesnar and Heyman. I mean it could happen, just look at Hayman tweet to CM Punk:

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Here’s the Clip