CM Punk vs. The Rock Is the Most Anticipated WWE Feud Before WrestleMania 29

Travis SmithAnalyst IIJuly 28, 2012

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I am back! Yes I had to take two months off in order to move and to get some things fixed in my life before I could worry about writing again, but what I did learn over that time was that I needed to write about pro wrestling because it's something I have so much passion and respect for. But I have still followed pro wrestling over my hiatus and I have been generally disappointed in the quality of the WWE programming since Extreme Rules back in April.

Now I am not going to bash the WWE entirely because they have made many positive points and they have provided some classic matches like Daniel Bryan versus CM Punk at Over The Limit, Christian versus Cody Rhodes at No Way Out, and the WWE Title match this past Monday between John Cena and CM Punk.

This past Monday was a turning point for RAW as they not only embarked on their 1,000th episode, but they also shook up the wrestling world by having CM Punk turn heel. Now fans either love or hate the heel turn by Punk but the one thing that fans can agree on is that CM Punk's rise had stalled out since feuding with Chris Jericho.

CM Punk is a solid talent and can continue to be a champion that the company can be supportive of and trustful with. That is why the company went ahead and pulled the trigger on the heel move—because they trust CM Punk enough to become the hell raiser he was last year and make the WWE "must-see" television again. In my opinion, the WWE also wanted to make Punk heel because they want to go through with the one feud that the wrestling fans want to see: CM Punk versus The Rock.

The Rock re-appeared last Monday night and announced that he would be challenging for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble. Now Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Justin LaBar of WrestleZone and Bleacher Report) says The Rock will win the WWE Title at The Royal Rumble and defend it against either John Cena at WrestleMania. So when The Rock announced his title shot, fans began to piece together the puzzle really quickly and began to anticipate a Rock versus Punk match at the Royal Rumble.

The WWE Universe would be stunned as CM Punk delivered his GTS to The Rock to close the show, thus officially beginning his heel turn and also setting the foundation for the biggest match the WWE will offer fans before WrestleMania 29.

I believe that CM Punk and The Rock needs to happen because wrestling fans are in need of a major feud that doesn't involve John Cena and that feud would generate enough pay-per-view buys to do just that. Fans have begun to rumble about CM Punk's lack of excitement as of late. Therefore, having him turn on the fans is just what the doctor ordered.

The Rock is a legend in the business and with him getting an opportunity to go after the WWE Title again is just perfect for the company because this allows older fans to identify with him and it creates an old school versus new school feel in this feud.

So many times a wrestler has tried to re-capture the glory he once had, and so many times he has failed. To think that this comeback could result in gold could draw media interest outside of wrestling and could thrust the WWE back into the spotlight is something that fans should be happy with. It's similar to what we witnessed back in 2002 when Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE and then became the champion at Backlash. That run attracted media attention and made the WWE popular with the non-wrestling audience.

There has been heat between CM Punk and The Rock prior to this year, so we might get to see some behind the scenes feelings between two of the biggest stars in wrestling history. This feud will generate a buzz before WrestleMania and will make for one exciting WWE Title feud. All I ask is that the WWE puts in a quality effort in building up this feud and gives us wrestling fans that one title match that we can all remember for years to come.

Now if you have a comment about this article or this potential feud then please leave your comment below in the comment box.