Originally Posted by James1o1o
That would just be so typical of WWE. Give Punk one of the longest runs in history, just as he is about to set records and hold it for so long, Cena wins it for like a month and gives it back to Punk.
I wonder what people find more prestigious, amount of title sons or length of time its held for.
Doing that now would be horrible storytelling. You have a long reigning and popular champ who starts to turn heel and has the potential to be the really big counterweight to Cena. You then have him team up with Paul Heyman, putting even more potential into this character and storyline. We also all know that The Rock will challenge for the title at the Royal Rumble, with will be a very special thing (it wasn't long ago people wouldn't even dare dream about him coming back and becoming champ).
Either you build up this heel champ to the max and give him the longest reign in a long time and have him piss off the audience by always finding a way to break the kids' hope. That's done both to utilize him as a big heel in the future and to make Rock's likely victory mean so much more. The great one against the biggest possible heel at that moment will be a thing to remember, and it will give the WWE title even more credibility. Cena not winning can also put him in a better long term storyline for WM, where we all assume he's going to get his win back.
Or you have Cena win the title in the middle of the wait and achieve nothing. Not even surprise because it's not at all unexpected that Cena wins, or that WWE fails to build things to their potential. Both the Punk heel character, and Heyman's return, get shot down prematurely which means so much less payoff.
I give credit to WWE for setting up a scenario with great potential. I hope they fulfill it and don't leave us with an anti-climax.