Get your popcorn ready. The second coming of CM Punk and John Cena for the WWE Championship is destined to be another classic.
With the two biggest players in WWE today squaring off for the company’s most prestigious title on the iconic 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw, expect a must-see television revelation yet again, much like the case was when the two faced each other at Money in the Bank last year.
With all due respect to Daniel Bryan, it’s almost refreshing that Cena is replacing Bryan as the biggest threat to unseat Punk as WWE Champion. Don’t get me wrong, few—if anyone—rival Bryan when it comes to in-ring ability.
But if you follow WWE, you know that the acronym Entertainment outweighs Wrestling, and Cena delivers over Bryan in that department. With his impressive physique and charm, it’s no secret as to why Cena has been the face of WWE for nearly a decade now.
Not to be forgotten, Punk has joined Cena in the ranks of WWE’s most marketable wrestlers (or, as Vince McMahon would like me to say, entertainers) these days. Punk’s charisma is indelible, much like Cena’s.
He did a great job representing WWE on a recent episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, much like Cena does his company justice through his television appearances (like on The Chew) and his effortless work with Make A Wish.
And Punk has matched Cena in the merchandise department. There was actually a brief time where Punk outsold Cena last year in terms of merchandise sales.
Given how many Little Jimmies are seen on WWE television rocking those lime green Cena shirts, Punk’s merchandise sales when compared to Cena are nothing short of remarkable. So it’s only appropriate that WWE’s two unstoppable forces will meet up on the company’s biggest television production ever for the title.
Considering how well their last feud played out, I’m shocked that McMahon and his bookers waited this long for an encore. Under unique circumstances, a disgruntled Punk faced the company man Cena in a highly charged match at Money in the Bank last year.
The two put on a solid match, which culminated in Punk walking out of WWE and his hometown of Chicago with the WWE title. Whether or not the 2012 version of the Cena-Punk rivalry is long or short lived, the fact of the matter is that the duo won’t disappoint on Monday night.
It will be like Magic Johnson’s Lakers and Larry Bird’s Celtics facing off for an NBA title. It will be like Vince Lombardi’s Packers and Chuck Noll’s Steelers throwing down in the Super Bowl.
Yes, Cena-Punk part two will be that good, simply because this is as good as it gets in WWE these days. As aforementioned, get your popcorn ready, because we’re (hopefully) in for another great match between these two WWE megastars.