After yet another championship title defense, CM Punk is still the WWE Champion. He has been so, uninterrupted, for the entire calendar year of 2012, beginning this reign last November at Survivor Series.
Care to know how big of a deal this all is historically? When Punk makes it to next week's RAW on Aug. 27, his reign will reach 281 days, which officially puts his current reign as the 10th-longest in the history of the WWE Championship, which turns 50 years old next April.
Punk has beaten everyone put in front of him and has taken down just about everyone that there is to defeat. As Punk, the longest current champion in WWE by roughly four months over any other champion, puts yet another notch on his belt, the question asked is who is next? Who will Punk be facing in just a few weeks at the appropriately-named pay-per-view, Night of Champions?
Here is a list of the top nine opponents for CM Punk's coveted WWE Championship at the current time. Some are former WWE Champions themselves, but all share a common goal. All of these men are not WWE Champion and would love nothing more than to become it.