Re: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar - THE BEST VS. THE BEAST
I've said it before, but Punk really doesn't need this win as much as Lesnar. The key is to obviously make Punk sympathetic in defeat and to have Heyman affect the decision of the match in some way. Lesnar gets the win but Punk gets the affection of the fans. Hopefully a future match between the two occurs where Punk gets the victory, but I'm not sure that it will happen considering Brock's schedule.
The thing with Punk is that he doesn't really need victories to stay over. A part-timer that needs to maintain his aura needs victories, especially when he doesn't know how to speak. Remember that Punk got buried back in late 2009-2010, yet he was still arguably the most over heel during this period. When you're as good as Punk is on the mic, you can command the crowd with ease. On top of that, Punk has reached that point in his career where he has become a living legend that will always be over (sorta like Orton).
If Punk has to take the fall and be this generation's Foley/Jericho, then so be it. As a Punk fan, I'm happy with the last two years of his historic main event run. Man had a title reign that will be remembered for ages and a plethora of classics. He has a credential that will not be matched again just like Jericho's Undisputed Title. It was a nice run, fellow Punk fans, but he can't stay at the top forever. Punk fans have to accept that.
One thing to note is that while Punk probably won't beat these part-time legends as he has already lost against just about all of them, Punk never really needed these victories. He only had two big victories in his career that elevated him (vs. Hardy Summerslam and vs. Cena MITB), but that's all he needs. Guys like Jericho and Foley also didn't have that many big wins (Jericho had Vengeance 2001 and Foley had...Rock?). What people do remember are the moments and the talent of the greats, and for the past few years, nobody has given us more awesome promos and PPV classics than Mr. Punk.