Re: CM Punk to close out WM?
WWE has been continuing to tease Rock vs. Punk over and over, and I think everyone (myself included) assumes that it will happen at the Rumble, putting the title on Rock, setting up Cena/Rock II at Mania.
What if WWE has been planting the seeds and teasing Rock/Punk for a while now, not for the Rumble, but for Mania? If that is the case, I think it would be an incredible way to close the show out and really give Punk that final big rub he needs to be "on that level".
Rock's name alone in the main event at Mania sells the PPV and warrants the headline spot. Instead of having a rematch with Cena, putting Punk - WWE's top and hottest heel - against the greatest wrestler in WWE history could sell huge. Rock/Cena II just doesn't have flair to it...ESPECIALLY after they tagged the WM 28th match "Once In A Lifetime".
There are only two ways I could see this happening are:
1. Punk retains at Survivor Series, but faces Cena at TLC for the WWE Title and loses. Cena faces Rock at the Rumble and Rock going over. Punk then challenges Rock for the title at Mania.
2. Punk retains the WWE Title into 2013 and walks into the Rumble as champion to face Rock. Rock goes over, setting up to walk into Mania as the champion. Punk enters himself into the Royal Rumble match later in the night and wins...earning the match to face Rock again for the belt at Mania.
The issue with option 1 is that it involves Rock going over Cena again...and this time for the WWE Title. Furthermore it makes Cena a transition champ. I just can't see Vince allowing that. The issues with option 2 is that the main event of Mania becomes a rematch (not that that has stopped them in years past...)
I think option 2 has more potential for validating the closing match spot at Mania, and protects almost everyone involved. Regardless of the way WWE gets there, if they are serious about Punk being in the main event, he needs to go over. No use putting him there if he's just going to job...it's no different than him being WWE champ for all of that time but not closing the show. WWE has to go all in, and Punk going over Rock would be MASSIVE.
Blood. Urine. Vomit.
Last edited by NoLeafClover; 11-15-2012 at 01:21 AM.