WWE: John Cena Must Beat CM Punk for the WWE Championship

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE
Photo courtesy of WWE

When the 1,000th episode of RAW rolls around next week, we will get the privilege of watching arguably two of the top wrestlers in the business battle it out for the WWE Championship.

There can only be one winner though, and that winner must be John Cena.

Now before you take out your pitch forks, hear me out.  I am by far no fan of Cena, but as a wrestling fan in general, there seems to be several benefits to having Cena win back the title.


There Can Be Only One

Before we even entertain the idea of why Cena must win the title during RAW's 1,000th episode, we first need to accept the fact that there needs to be one clear winner of this match.

It would be pointless during such an historic event in the WWE's history for this match between Punk and Cena to be ruined by interference or some other outside force.

So when the top two stars in the WWE collide, there needs to be one winner.  Having Punk win over having someone interfere with this match would still be a better scenario than an unclear winner.

Could this match end in controversy though?  Absolutely.  Remember last year's SummerSlam where Punk and Cena battled it out for the title?  Triple H was the special guest referee and didn't see that Cena's foot was on the ropes when Punk pinned him for the three count.

An ending like that did two things:  It prevented Cena from losing cleanly and still gave the win to Punk without hurting his face appeal because Triple H made a mistake, not Punk.

This match between Punk and Cena can have only one winner, and it needs to be John Cena.


We Hate Cena!

I understand that a lot of people dislike John Cena almost as much as other people like him.  Whether you like him or not though, Cena winning at the 1,000th episode goes beyond liking him as a wrestler.

Cena needs to win because it would benefit the WWE, other wrestlers, and us as fans more than if Punk were to win this match.

Should Cena end up being the first wrestler to cash in the Money in the Bank contract and lose?  Does he really deserve to have that mark on his illustrious WWE career?

Cena needs to win this match whether you hate him or not.


The Re-Match

One of the biggest benefits of Cena winning would be the inevitable rematch that would happen between Punk and Cena. 

Cena needs to win for the re-match to happen because this match isn't based off of Cena being the number one contender.  Instead since he is cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, if Cena loses, it's one and done.

Punk and Cena work well together, and had good matches last year, so having these two battle it out on RAW and then hopefully again at SummerSlam, just helps the pay-per-view look even better.

With Daniel Bryan being occupied by A.J. and their wedding, and Cena beating what the WWE wants us to believe is the biggest threat in wrestling, The Big Show; Punk vs. Cena seems like the next logical step.

We know Triple H will more than likely face off against Lesnar at SummerSlam.  That's great, but who will Cena face at SummerSlam?  Do we really want to see him go against the Big Show again?

What about CM Punk?  While his matches against Bryan are great, it could end up being overkill if we continually see Bryan vs. Punk with Punk as the winner.

Having Cena win at the 1,000th episode of RAW would setup the inevitable re-match between these top talent stars.


Heel Please!

With a lack of good heels in the WWE, Punk losing to Cena could open up the possibility for a heel turn for Punk.  One rumor puts Punk in a stable with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar.  Those three could easily run wild on the WWE, and it would help give the WWE much-needed heels.

This though, can only be achieved if Punk fails to beat Cena.  Why would he turn heel if he ends up remaining the WWE Champion?  Punk will have to lose, and realize he can't beat Super Cena without the help of Heyman and/or Lesnar. 

While of course this whole thing could just be a rumor, without a doubt, CM Punk losing the championship to John Cena opens up more of a potential for Punk to turn heel.

And we all know how good of a heel CM Punk can be.


Finally, The Rock Has Come Back

With The Rock scheduled to make an appearance at the 1,000th episode of RAW, we can begin to wonder if the WWE plans to start some type of story with The Rock to gear up for WrestleMania 29.

Could we end up seeing Cena vs. The Rock again at WrestleMania 29?  Who knows, but one thing we do know is that The Rock wants to be WWE champion again.

The WWE could always make this a reality, and what better way than to have The Rock beat John Cena?  These two already have a history, so with The Rock's limited TV schedule the WWE wouldn't need to do as much work in building up the feud.

Sure, it may seem like a long stretch.  But if we ever want to see The Rock as the champion again it starts with John Cena beating CM Punk on the 1,000th episode of RAW.


Do you think Cena needs to win this match?  Comment below and share your opinion on who will walk away champion next Monday night on RAW!