CM Punk's heel turn has been executed solidly, but things need to take yet another step at WWE Night of Champions. Punk must maintain his title, but to further put the heel turn over, he needs some help.
He's apparently aligned himself with Paul Heyman, and that could easily lead to an appearance from Brock Lesnar. If Lesnar causes John Cena to lose at Night of Champions, the Punk, Lesnar and Heyman trio will be the most popular anti-hero group since Degeneration-X.
That is the WWE reference, but there is a better stable from wrestling's past that this trio could loosely emulate, and that is the NWO.
The WWE must be careful treading in such sacred territory. The NWO angle is the single greatest storyline in the history of professional wrestling. That said, Heyman, Punk and Lesnar are large enough to carve their own niche in the annals of wrestling lore.
Each of them has a rebellious and revolutionary spirit about his persona. Rebels sell as much as—if not more than—the eternal face.
Speaking of eternal faces, there is no better opponent to align a rebellious new faction against than John Cena.
If there is any superstar in the WWE who would be appealing as Punk, Heyman and Lesnar's adversary, it's Cena.
As the months progress, Heyman could slowly start to recruit more and more superstars. Ultimately, Heyman's charisma, mic skills and presence could engineer a new supergroup.
Invasions and takeovers are almost always good business for professional wrestling storylines. With Heyman as a driving force, this would be no different.
Could we be seeing the beginning of this at Night of Champions?
I sure hope so.
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