WWE RAW: Why CM Punk and John Cena Is All That Matters on Raw 1000

Mark Pirie@markpirieCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2012


It's easy to get lost in the hype.

Raw's 1,000th show has been pitched as one of the biggest events in the company's history, and we as fans are being thoroughly spoiled.

We have the promise of numerous legends returning, a wedding, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, DX and the guarantee of watching Heath Slater get beat into the ground again.

But all of this is just fanfare.

Only one thing matters, and that is the WWE Championship match between Internet darling CM Punk and poster boy John Cena.

Sure, tonight will be memorable, and sure, we may see some of the lower-card titles change hands (I'd expect the Prime Time Playas to get tag team gold tonight) as well as Lesnar versus HHH, but only one match will send shock waves throughout the whole company.

This is a career-defining moment for both Cena and Punk.

For Cena, if he wins, it will set him up to be confirmed as the poster boy. While this may seem like an obvious statement, a victory for Cena will show that WWE only views one superstar as fit to hold their top title for a long length of time.

Expect a backlash from hardcore wrestling fans if this happens, as well as a Hustling, Loyal and Respectful snoozefest for many months if this happens.

For Punk, a victory would signal his arrival at the main event. While he has been around there for roughly a year, his star is starting to fade. A victory would confirm the faith from the creative team in Punk, which seems to have been dwindling for many months.

A loss could see him quickly drop down the pecking order. It's easy to imagine the Straight Edge Superstar being booted over to Smackdown.

My personal prediction for tonight would be someone screwing over Cena or Punk, ultimately leading to a WrestleMania match.

(Do I hear the broken glass of a certain Rattlesnake?)

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