Even though it's only August, Punk's victory is a giant leap forward in his quest to go toe-to-toe with The Rock at the Royal Rumble in January.
SummerSlam has always been WWE's second biggest PPV event of the year, and if they were planning on reshaping the WWE title scene, I think they would have done it here.
Instead, Punk's title run is still chugging along, the WWE Universe is starting to recognize its greatness and it's starting to look like only one man can stop CM Punk in his tracks.
That man just happens to be The Great One, and if CM Punk can actually keep the belt up until the Rumble, it would make the stakes that much higher and the match that much more dramatic.
Seriously, a 14 month title run? That sort of stuff just doesn't happen anymore, and Punk deserves to be the guy to break the mold and make the WWE title credible again.
And if the title does end up back in the hands of The Rock? That wouldn't hurt to much either. So what if The Rock is a movie star? It's not like handing the title to David Arquette.
Or what if CM Punk actually ends up beating The Rock? Then we're talking about the most amazing thing to happen to the WWE title in years.
Either way, I think all signs are starting to point to Punk-Rock at the Rumble. This "who can stop Punk?" story line is going to continue to play out until the end of the year. Like I mentioned in a previous slide, Punk's slow, but steady heel turn should be complete just in time for January. And it's a match that EVERYBODY wants to see, or at least doesn't think it's worth complaining about.
The road to Rumble started at SummerSlam, and Punk is just going to keep on rolling.
There's not a doubt in my mind.