When Night of Champions rolls around this Sunday, the main event everyone is waiting for is CM Punk vs. John Cena.
Will the WWE Champion finally be able to defeat Cena in his hometown and receive the respect he so desperately craves?
Or Will Punk fall victim to the Doctor of Thuganomics, and fail to back up his claims at being the best in the world?
Punk needs to win this match at Night of Champions. He needs to justify that his title run has not been a fluke, and when thrown into the main event, he can deliver. His talk of respect over the past couple of months boils down to this match at Night of Champions.
Punk needs to win, because winning this match against John Cena in his hometown would prove Punk is indeed the best in the world, and deserves the respect of the WWE Universe.
Put Up or Shut Up
It's time for CM Punk to put up or shut up. After dodging a match with Sheamus in his hometown of Chicago a couple weeks back, Punk now needs to go toe to toe with John Cena.
Sure, he could tuck his tail between his legs and try to walk out on the fans and his match, but if he does, his talk of respect means nothing. If CM Punk wants respect, Night of Champions is a good place to start.
Punk needs to back up his words, and prove why he deserves respect instead of simply demanding it.
He claims to be the best in the world, and while he has managed to beat Cena before (it's how he ended up with the title in the first place), he has yet to do it cleanly.
Punk needs to win to prove he isn't all talk.
Proving He Has What It Takes
Since Punk has held the WWE title, he's had a little problem main eventing Pay-Per-Views. Punk has been absent from the main event scene, even though he holds the title. On the other hand, even without a title, John Cena has maintained his spot as the center of attention in the WWE Universe.
At Night of Champions, it's Punk's turn to take a shot at living up to main event height. Sure, Cena may not be main event status for everyone, but he draws enough of a crowd that he's earned a permanent spot in the main event.
Now that Cena has been given the number one contender spot, Punk has been thrown into the main event. Has Punk already had great matches so far this year? Of course he has, but now he is the center of attention as we move into Night of Champions.
The WWE has been building Punk up to be a heel, and now that he has finally begun to really turn, it's time to see if he has what it takes to face off against John Cena.
Will he be able to live up to his hype and put on a phenomenal match? Or will he fail to deliver and give the WWE even more of a reason to keep him out of the main event?
Paul Heyman, The Rock, and The Future of CM Punk
There has been a lot swirling around CM Punk recently. From his attack on the Rock on the 1000th episode of RAW, to his involvement with Paul Heyman, the WWE Champion has a lot to deal with as the year progresses.
Punk has to win his match with John Cena at Night of Champions so he can hold on to his title a little longer. He needs to make it to the Royal Rumble so the Rock can square off with Punk in the ring and hopefully, get his revenge.
Punk may have pulled a fast one on the Great One, but how would he handle going against the Rock in an actual match? Winning at Night of Champions would bring CM Punk closer to finding out.
Paul Heyman's involvement with CM Punk will more than likely play a part in his Night of Champions match. Punk has to win though, to hopefully get the wheels turning even more.
Could we see some sort of stable come out of this Punk/Heyman alliance?
Beating John Cena, and keeping his WWE championship would help establish Punk as the leader of a heel stable if the Punk and Heyman alliance turns that way.
All of this has to do with Punk's future as the year progresses, and a lot of it stems from him winning at Night of Champions. Hopefully things will continue to move forward for CM Punk as he builds up even more heat for his latest heel run.
CM Punk has to win to justify his latest heel turn, and to place him at the top of the company where he belongs.