In five days, CM Punk will have the deck stacked against him, when he faces off against Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship at the 2012 Royal Rumble.
Interim General Manager of RAW, John Laurinaitis will serve as special guest referee for the match, so it’s not only Ziggler that Punk will have to deal with. He will have to contend with Ziggler’s manager, Vickie Guerrero, at ringside, and he will also have to worry about Laurinaitis' officiating ability as well.
Laurinaitis has stated to CM Punk that he will not call the match right down the middle, and that he intends to screw Punk out of the WWE Championship. Punk will have to bring more than his “A” Game in order to retain the WWE Title, and to overcome his No. 1 enemy—Mr. John Laurinaitis.
With that being said, the WWE Board of Directors are taking Laurinaitis’s position of Interim General Manager of RAW under review, and this news could not have come at a better time for Punk. He can use this as leverage against Laurinaitis in case he is cheated out of the WWE Championship.
What other possible “wild card” could be played in CM Punk’s favor against Johnny Ace? That answer is Triple H. Although Triple H and CM Punk have had their differences in the past, they have one thing in common: they both hate Mr. John Laurinaitis.
As Triple H once said, “it’s better to go with the devil you know, than the devil you don’t.”
For the good of the WWE, Triple H would indeed side with the “Second City Saint” CM Punk to try to topple Laurinaitis once and for all.
Laurinaitis will no doubt try to cheat Punk, and give Dolph Ziggler every advantage he can to ensure Ziggler walks away with the WWE Title. If Punk and Triple H do indeed join forces, then Punk will have no reservations about taking out Mr. John Laurinaitis, because he will have the COO of the WWE on his side. Even if it costs him the match, he will still walk away with the WWE Title. Ziggler will be left holding the proverbial bag, but not the WWE Title.
Two other scenarios could happen.
Scenario One: Punk “inadvertently” takes out Laurinaitis during the match, but instead of a new referee coming out to finish the match, Triple H runs down to referee and finish the match.
Scenario Two: Triple H, as COO of the WWE appoints himself as the “Special Enforcer" to ensure Mr. John Laurinaitis calls the match right down the middle. With either one of those scenarios, it wouldn't’t be set in stone that CM Punk would defeat Dolph Ziggler, but it would at least level the playing field for Punk.
Wrestling fans will have to wait just five short days until the WWE Royal Rumble is upon them to find out what will happen to the “Straight Edge” Superstar CM Punk.
Rest assured, Punk will not let the WWE Championship slip through his fingers without putting up a tremendous fight—and he will definitely have an “Ace” up his sleeve to overcome Mr. John Laurinaitis: Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of RAW.