First and foremost, is Punk really leaving the WWE? Sadly, yes. His contract really expires on July 18th. We will be sorry to see him go. He is one of the few remaining talents with any sense of credibility as a real person. The PG genre has spawned even more cartoonish superhero type figures than the pre-attitude Hogan days, where the top matches featured giant jobbers like Tug-Boat being bested by the “Incredible Hulk Hogan”. Sure, it sells a lot of garish T-shirts, but it makes for boring TV and even worse matches.
I’m not knocking Cena. The guy works his butt off, and has my respect for granting more Make A Wish wishes than any human in history. He is flat out a good guy. Unfortunately, he is also a “good guy” which gets a little boring. Wrestling needs some good heels or Cena will look even more cartoonish. When Chris Jericho left, I was saddened. He was one of the best in ring performers no doubt. But Jericho also cut smart promos. I don’t just mean clever, I mean clearly the guy is smart. It was a shame to see him go.
Punk really stepped up on the mic once given the opportunity. He has always been a great in ring performer as well, but his promos have edged toward greatness as more and more of his real life frustration seeps in. Sadly this leaves him as the perfect foil to Cena, if only he were staying. CM Punk represents old school wrestling, old school shoot promos, and basically that old school mentality that hasn’t truly been seen since Flair and the Andersons in the 80′s. Cena by contrast is the next Hulk Hogan. We all know it, and it’s not such a bad thing. It just stinks that Punk v Cena could really be this generations Hogan v. Flair.
Of course at this point Punk’s departure is imminent. Punk is leaving which leaves Money in the Bank kind of a lame duck Pay Per View. Surely he isn’t winning the championship that night. Or is he?
Here’s what should happen…
Punk will beat Cena and win the WWE Championship.
The Money in the bank winner (R-Truth or the Miz) will cash in immediately and claim the title. It quite simply has to happen that way. Any straight win by Cena is just too boring. The WWE can’t keep the belt on Cena until Wrestlemania when he faces The Rock, so somebody has to get it before then. The Miz was a great champion during his title run, made for must see tv, and even managed to put Jerry Lawler over in the ring. He would be the obvious choice to beat Punk and bring the gold at least back to the “organization”. The dark horse is R-Truth. He has found a great schtick and I believe a lot of “little jimmy’s” still like “bad guys” (at least entertaining ones). Truth will get the nod at MITB and set up a summer feud with Cena.
New Champion – R-Truth!
Now a brief note to Punk himself…
Thanks for all the great matches, awesome promos, and making “wrestling matter”. We really hope you can work out a deal and stay on Monday nights, but if not we’ll see you in ninety days making an impact somewhere.