WWE: Why the Undertaker Should Beat CM Punk at WrestleMania

So after much speculation and worry, the Undertaker made his return to WWE at a house show in Waco, Texas a few days ago.  Before his return, there were many news reports stating that Taker was too injured to compete at WrestleMania and his rumored match with CM Punk was in doubt.

However, now that Undertaker has returned, WWE has to build the match with Punk with only five weeks remaining until the biggest show of the year.  Fortunately for them, Undertaker matches need very little build storyline-wise because Taker himself is the draw. 

WrestleMania has turned into a showcase for the Undertaker and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.  Taker’s streak is more over than any title in the entire promotion and people genuinely care when Undertaker seems in trouble during his matches.

Think back to the Undertaker-Triple H End of an Era match with Shawn Michaels as the referee.  I honestly thought the live crowd was going to have a collective heart attack after the “Sweet Chin Music into Pedigree” spot.  Even the group of people watching the event at my house gasped all at once and they were only casual wrestling fans. 

The truth of the matter is that people pay for WrestleMania to watch the Undertaker extend his streak.  No fan of WWE really wants the streak to end because that means an end to the last two decades of dominance. 

That is the exact reason why the Undertaker should beat CM Punk at WrestleMania.

Now, there is a very vocal minority of fans who state that Punk should be the one to end the streak because he has the most to gain from the victory.  I would argue Punk doesn’t need a victory over the Undertaker at all because it wouldn’t help him in the long run.

Look at it this way, Punk is clearly the No. 2 wrestler in the company right now behind John Cena The hierarchy in WWE looks like this:

1.  John Cena

2.  CM Punk

3.  Everyone else on the roster

I don’t count the Rock because he is a part-timer even as world champion and Taker only appears two months out of the year.

So how would beating the Undertaker help CM Punk?  Punk is so head and shoulders above everyone else on the roster that Taker’s rub wouldn’t mean anything.  It’s not going to propel him above John Cena (and really, why would you want that anyways?), so what’s the point?

CM Punk can lose to Taker in a fantastic match and then milk heel heat for the next couple of months by whining and complaining about the loss in classic heel fashion.  A rub from Taker is only going to serve to end the streak, nothing more.

In my humble opinion, Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania should never end.  When it’s WrestleMania 50 and an elderly Undertaker is sitting at ringside, the streak will still mean something.  You could argue that the streak has been the most prestigious title defended at WrestleMania over the last ten years.

So if the victory over Undertaker won’t help CM Punk, then there is no point to doing it.  Have Taker defeat Punk, pop the crowd huge like usual and then, if the rumors are true, you can focus on Undertaker’s farewell match next year.

It’s what the fans want to see.

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How far can CM Punk go in WWE History

 

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It is now more than a year since CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio for the WWE title, and in that time frame, there may never have been a WWE champion who has been as critiqued, criticized, cheered, booed and misunderstood in some instances than the current titleholder.

As an ECW champion once, the world heavyweight champion three times and the WWE champion twice, Punk has cemented himself as one of the greatest champions in this company, but it is this current reign as champion which has really defined him as a top wrestler in the WWE.

From the time he dropped his famous “shoot interview” until now, we as fans have loved and hated him like no other wrestler, ever.

This includes John Cena, Hulk Hogan and any other wrestler who has grown tired on the WWE Universe as a champion and a longtime solution to title reigns when there have been other competent performers who could have carried the flagship.

CM Punk is a true enigma, a hero to some with his words and his style, a villain to others with his attitude and his appearance. He is the antithesis of Cena and The Rock and a small resemblance to the beginnings of Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Punk represents many great wrestlers all rolled into one.

Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and even Harley Race can all be seen in Phillip Jack Brooks. He transcends the decades and brings the show of past years to the fans. And when he’s “on” and performing like he does, there are few others who can sell a match like it is the greatest thing ever created.

Watch matches with Cena, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and R-Truth from 18 months ago, and you see a man who helped his opponents get over in the business. He is a true performer, who broke the stereotype that Vince McManhon created, insisting the world champion must be a “big hulking wrestler.”

His words stung, his demeanor was sullen and he has bitched and whined and complained and it all made sense because we all bought into his character. His legacy is cemented in the fact that he can command attention like Austin or Jericho or Michaels or any other WWE Superstar of the past.

And fans are either cheering him or booing him. There is no “in the middle” with him like Cena who is the Tim Tebow of his generation.

Punk is as much an important part of the new “era” of wrestling as Degeneration X, Mr. McMahon, Steve Austin and the “Montreal Screw Job” is to the business. That has to do with the growth of Punk’s character and the direction this company is moving. While writers are still in “PG” mode, the degree to which writers are “pushing the envelope” means we will see Punk push the edge as well.

This can only help cement his legacy even more, which is a good thing for the WWE.

CM Punk Twitter Q&A

WWE Champion CM Punk did a Q & A via his Twitter account over the weekend. Here is some of what Punk had to say:

@CMPunk Who would you like to main event Wrestlemania with if you were given the chance to choose? #SaveColtsFinger

@Jeisner2 the ole rattlesnake

@CMPunk If you could wrestle anyone from wrestling history who is not currently active in wrestling who would it be?#SaveColtsFinger

@CMTesoriero24 Samoa Joe                                                                        

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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.

CM Punk Vs. The Undertaker – WWE Championship – Wrestlemania!

There are reports coming out currently that is stating that the main event for Wrestlemania 29 will be CM Punk vs The Undertaker, get this…for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP!

Current creative plans have been brewing that CM Punk will defeat The Rock at the 2013 Royal Rumble, thus parading into Wrestlemania as the champion. Rumors ran hot over the summer that The Rock was slated to be the one to finally put an end to CM Punk championship reign at The Royal Rumble by winning the Championship and going on to Wrestlemania to battle John Cena for the WWE Championship with Cena going over. However, there are two things that raise concern of this theory. #1.) Having The Rock win the WWE Championship at The Rumble is a great risk, considering all of the days and shows that The Rock would miss between January’s Royal Rumble and April’s Wrestlemania. This wouldn’t be a good look for show ticket sales where The WWE Champion would not be on the roster for multiple shows. #2.) Its a great chance and concern that John Cena is not as marketable (at this moment) as he was some years ago. has John Cena fallen flat with his character? And thus the simple mindedness of his current booking with AJ Lee? Considering Wrestlemania is the biggest WWE Show of the year, there will be much more that is needed than just slapping Cena’s name to the main event.

A CM Punk vs Undertaker main event could in fact tear the house down. And with the current “John Cena Lull” this could be the money match that will generate the pay per view buys. And we can finally see the finalization of this feud that was alive in 2009.

Heres a video of a segment from back then!


And the Match at Hell In A Cell

And of course the Standard – Pictures of CM Punk Vs. Undertaker Gallery