With a huge win at the 2012 Money in the Bank pay-per-view, John Cena has chosen to cash in his shot at the WWE Championship and CM Punk next week on the 1,000th episode of RAW.
If there was any doubt in the WWE Universe’s mind, Cena will walk away with the title, and it will be the best move for the company.
As great as Punk has been, there is no doubting that Cena is still the bigger star overall. The company knows that it has proven success with Cena as their champion, and they want a crowning jewel on their 1,000th RAW.
When the WWE looks back through the annals of time, who do you think they will want to show as the knight in shining armor that walked away as the champion?
John Cena, of course!
Is WWE better with John Cena as champion?
WWE Title is the Main Event
The fans have been screaming for months that the WWE title was being devalued by having Cena constantly headlining shows and allowing Punk to defend his belt in a less premium slot.
The fans were right about the title’s value going down, but Cena is the company’s main money maker; he has to headline the shows.
By putting Cena against Punk, though, the value of the title automatically returns to the most prestigious symbol in the company.
If it is indeed Punk and Cena at SummerSlam, you can bet that Triple H and Brock Lesnar will not be headlining. Cena headlines PPVs no matter who is on the card, and that’s how it should be.
More CM Punk
While the WWE Universe wants to complain about yet another title run for Cena, we have to remember how great the feud was between Punk and Cena last year. Why wouldn’t we want that again?
As great as the long title reign has been for Punk, a change of pace would be good for both the champion and the challenger. This might even be the kind of moment that brings back the wilder Punk; have him channel the Stone Cold Steve Austin anti-hero persona against the baby face Cena.
Add in the talk of The Rock returning for the 1,000th RAW and entering his name into the Royal Rumble, and this has many fans excited about a potential confrontation between not only Rock and Cena, but Punk as well.
If Punk stands toe-to-toe with Rock and Cena, that would be a huge rub.
Opens Up Many Long-Term Feuds
While Punk’s championship reign has been one of the longest in recent memory, the opponents he has faced have been very limited. That overall lack of talent around him hurt his title run, but the belt going with Cena will open up so many more feuds.
Almost anyone in the WWE—heel or face—must be a candidate to feud with Cena if he wins the title again. Between Punk, The Rock, The Miz, Wade Barrett, Randy Orton and so many others, the WWE’s future is so much brighter with the title around Cena’s waist.
The WWE proved last year that they like building the long-term feuds with Cena that evolve into a WrestleMania pay-off, and there would be no bigger of a rematch than The Rock vs. John Cena with the title on the line.
Sorry, Punk fans, but nothing the current WWE champion can do could live up to another Rock vs. Cena match—especially with the WWE title hanging in the balance.
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