WWE Opinion: Why CM Punk vs. Wade Barrett Needs to Happen Sooner Than Later

Michael BroughtonAnalyst IAugust 16, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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After spending months on the shelf with a serious injury, vignettes have finally begun to air, promoting the return of Wade Barrett. While it is likely he will continue to stay a top wrestler in the company, it remains to be seen whether he will keep his gimmick, or even stay heel for that matter.

In the promos that have been airing, it has hinted at a more aggressive side, and most fans could take a liking to that. 

Meanwhile, CM Punk, our WWE Champion, is slowly trending back into a heel that we all love to hate. Sure, it seems pretty obvious that his first rivalry will be John Cena, but it remains to be seen who is next.

We are quite some time away from the Rumble, so Rock isn't coming back anytime soon. Big Show definitely wouldn't be a good option, and despite Cody Rhodes being a viable option, I fear WWE isn't going to pull the trigger on him just yet.

However, Wade has already shined in the spotlight, and I would love to see him right back there again, this time as a good guy.

Wade has feuded with multiple main eventers already, such as John Cena, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. However, despite Punk taking Wade's spot in Nexus, the two have never early crossed paths.

Both men can go in the ring, and a promo between these two could be legendary. This has all he making for a great rivalry, but the question lies, how could it happen?

To me, it is relatively simple. As of now, Punk is the champ, but it doesn't matter to me whether there is gold around his waist. What matters is his obsession with respect. The night after SummerSlam, he can stroll down to the middle of the ring, sit down, and cut his usual promo on how he deserves to be respected.

However, he is rudely interrupted by Wade Barrett, who explains that to be respected you have to earn it. It sounds like a petty feud, and while it really is, these two could turn it into pure gold.

Not to mention, there are numerous other reasons for these two going one vs. one. First off, I have already mentioned that Barrett was the leader of the Nexus before Punk stepped in and took the reins against Wade's will.

However, that isn't the only incident between these two. On Wade's first night on Raw, he and the rest of the Season 1 rookies, attacked everybody in sight and destroyed the ring. However, people only seem to remember the attack on John Cena, but his opponent was none other than CM Punk. The ignorance shown towards him was unbelievable and he may think of it as a sign of complete disrespect.

While it is unlikely he would remember such a thing, he is the same man that tried punishing Randy Orton for punting him in the head years ago. Punk has been known to hold grudges, so it wouldn't be a stretch to assume something like this could happen.

Barrett and Punk are phenomenal talents, and main event superstars. Both men have the full package and a feud between them would be the perfect opportunity to slide Wade right back into the main event, which is exactly where he belongs.

Like I always say, WWE has the chance to make it happen, they just need to pull the trigger.