WWE Night of Champions 2012: 5 Reasons Why CM Punk Will Steal the Show
Night of Champions is almost upon us. While putting every WWE title on the line is interesting enough, this Sunday is going to be especially entertaining.
As we've seen from their other pay-per-view matches, CM Punk against John Cena promises to be a great matchup alone. But with adding the possible Paul Heyman factor, CM Punk is looking as heelish as ever since he came to the WWE. This match has some serious show-stealing potential, especially for the Straight Edge superstar.
CM Punk is going to steal the show Sunday night. Here's why.
1. He's a Heyman Guy!
As we all know, Punk and Heyman teased a possible alignment last Monday at the end of WWE Raw. Punk aligning with Heyman would take Punk's heel turn to a whole new level.
I have to think we may see Heyman or even Heyman's main client Brock Lesnar make an appearance at Night of Champions to support their new pal.
Which brings me to reason No. 1 why Punk will steal the show this Sunday. An appearance by Heyman or Lesnar alone is a show stealer.
2. Hellish Heel Turn
Reason No. 2: CM Punk is at the peak of his heel turn.
Right now Punk is the most interesting and exciting thing on WWE programming. Night of Champions is the first pay-per-view since he has really turned, so we can be sure that we'll see something from the Second City Saint that sticks with us on Sunday night.
Punk has to do something big to continue his heel turn and it might just steal the show when he does it.
3. Matchup History
The history between Punk and Cena is another reason why Punk will steal the show. The matchups between these two superstars have been great over the past few years. They haven't just been great matches, but show-stealing, gasp-worthy matches (see the 2011 Money in the Bank PPV match).
Just putting these two in a match together has potential for great things, but throw in Punk's heel turn, a possible Heyman connection and quest for respect, and WWE has perfectly laid out an opportunity for Punk to do something worthy of stealing the show.
4. Big Spot Potential
If you take a look at the card for Night of Champions, there aren't many opportunities for "Holy $#!^" moments. We have Sheamus and Del Rio (again), Kaitlyn and Layla (bathroom/snack break), Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton, and then Intercontinental, U.S., and Tag Team championship matches that haven't been announced yet.
On that card, the only other real contender for a show stealer is Ziggler. Ziggler and Orton will be a great match (my match of the night prediction) and has the opportunity to outshine the others. However, the fact that it isn't for any gold and there isn't much of a story to go along with it, hurts it's show-stopping chances.
Punk is athletic enough that he can steal the show with a big spot in the ring. He has the most interesting storyline going right now, which has the potential to affect the match with the possibility of Heyman's involvement.
The only way I see that anyone can steal the show from Punk is if Wade Barrett shows up and wrecks the show for Sheamus. That seems unlikely after his squash match against Yoshi Tatsu or if Ziggler finally cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase to bring some new life to the Smackdown title.
5. Best in the World
Like CM Punk and his shirt say, he is the best in the world. He has the star power, in-ring prowess, mic skills and the all-around solid skill set that it takes to steal the show.
Punk can steal the show with a big move, a "pipe-bomb" promo or even an action like getting into a car with Paul Heyman, which is why he'll be the only one we're thinking about after Night of Champions on Sunday.
That's just my opinion. What do you think? Will CM Punk steal the show Sunday? If not, who will? Let me know.
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