John Cena vs. CM Punk: Night of Champions Is Perfect Showcase for Epic Feud

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2012

Courtesy of WWE
Courtesy of WWE

CM Punk and John Cena have a long history with each other, so it makes perfect sense that the rekindling of their rivalry would happen at a show like Night of Champions for the WWE championship. 

It was just 15 months ago when Punk put himself in the permanent main-event scene in WWE with that promo on Raw about all the things that are wrong with the company today. 

That fantastic bit of scripting led to one of the most memorable WWE matches in years, when Punk defeated Cena at Money In the Bank to win the title on what was supposed to be his final night with the company. 

Sure, the whole angle blew up when Punk came back a week later, but the rivalry between Punk and Cena has always been one of the best parts of WWE television over the last year-plus. 

While the value of pay-per-view events that aren't Royal Rumble, WrestleMania or SummerSlam has decreased dramatically, a show like Night of Champions can make a great claim to hosting a main event like Punk vs. Cena. 

Fans want the championship to mean something. We are so often told that it is the biggest prize in wrestling today, yet it so often feels like a simple prop that is used to pass around from wrestler to wrestler for no good reason. 

By getting Cena, who is the No. 1 star in WWE and main events virtually every show he is on, into a match with Punk, you can feel that this match is going to be different than anything we have seen from these two in a long time. 

Punk's title reign has felt very anti-climactic because he would go up against Daniel Bryan, who is a great wrestler but not someone who is going to move the needle, or Chris Jericho, who is a great wrestler and a star but really disappointed with his most recent WWE run. 

Cena and Punk needed each other at this event. The match takes on an extra air of weight because these two are back together and, more importantly, facing each other on their own. There is no extraneous weight, like we had last month with Big Show at SummerSlam. 

Night of Champions is going to give Punk and Cena the stage they need to shine, even if it is for just one night. 

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