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Re: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman Feud
Punk is clearly the #2 face. It isn't even a debate right now; it's an open-and-shut case. I don't mind a Punk/Axel feud, but that should be for Night of Champions instead of Survivor Series. Once again, Punk should lose at Summerslam, but if he is to ever get his win back, it should be at the next PPV in Chicago (uncleanly of course). Between that time, he can do his own redemption storyline where he helps put people over in world title feuds and possibly wrestles against The Shield.
And Punk has showed off the size difference in his matches against Ryback, Henry, Big Show, Kane, Undertaker, and even Cena.
Against Ryback at Hell in a Cell, Punk was being tossed around like no other world champion ever has. In their TLC match, Ryback again overpowered Punk (even doing a very long stalling suplex). The entire story of that match was Ryback's power and size vs. Punk's intelligence and cunning nature.
Against Henry, Punk didn't even bother lifting Henry up. Punk's offense consisted entirely of strikes and weapon shots. Heck, the man lost cleanly to Henry during his big face push. Mark dominated in all of their matches and it took crucial errors by Henry for the tide to turn in Punk's favor.
Against Big Show, he only bothered lifting him up once, and it was to further the size difference story. Punk aimed low against Big Show and attacked his legs. He even went as far as to stomp on Big Show's feet; a tactic that Rey Mysterio often used against bigger opponents.
Against Kane, Punk had to resort to either attacking Kane's legs or going after Kane's already injured arm. Once again, Punk played off the size difference in a match against Kane when he attempted to lift Kane up for the GTS, but Kane just toppled on Punk. In fact, I don't think Punk ever beat Kane cleanly now that I think about it.
Punk did not dominate for most of his match against Undertaker. Undertaker got just as much offense in (including his signature tropes) and Punk took control off of counters to Undertaker. Taker overpowered Punk multiple times and even no-sold his finisher. Punk's other big breaks in that match also occurred because of Heyman's interference; not because Punk "matched up" to Undertaker. Also look at the way Undertaker does a Backlund-like lift of Punk when Punk used the Anaconda Vice. The only time Punk really matched up in a standing position with Undertaker was during their strike exchange, which still works in kayfabe because Punk is considered a very good striker. Even then, Punk lost that battle and had to resort to knocking out the referee and Heyman's assistance to get out of that predicament.
When Cena faces Punk, Cena gets to show off his power offense more than with any other opponent (Emerald Frosion, Powerbomb, Spinning Side Slam). Cena also regularly lifts Punk up from a ground position to show off his strength in their matches. We also regularly see Cena's crossbody catch spot as well. There are tons of instances where Cena overpowers Punk in their matches. Besides, the size advantage for Cena isn't even that big as they're roughly the same height. What is played off is the strength advantage.
This isn't even covering some of Punk's other well-done matches against bigger opponents, such as Umaga, Samoa Joe, Big Daddy V, etc. Forgot to also mention his match at GAB 08 against Batista. Face/face match, but Punk works from the bottom against Batista who overpowers him by hitting power moves and throwing him around. Punk's offense consists of keeping his distance from Batista and kicking his legs, with a reverse cross body from the top rope added in.
Last edited by funnyfaces1; 07-18-2013 at 03:11 AM.