WWE Night of Champions 2012: Why CM Punk Is Perfect Man to Be on Top

Matt WestCorrespondent IISeptember 13, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk wrestles Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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The WWE Night of Champions is an eclectic night full of exciting matches and storylines to boot. The main event is the ultimate draw, and with CM Punk and John Cena going head-to-head for the WWE Championship, it will be a night that wrestling fans won't soon forget.

Throughout its history, the WWE has had a diverse group of leading men: From Stone Cold Steve Austin to The Rock to now Cena and Punk, each figure has brought a unique personality to the ring.

CM Punk brings an unrivaled enthusiasm and passion to the sport and, as things currently stand, is the ideal man to be defending the holy grail of wrestling prizes—the WWE title belt.

Cena and Punk have had their fair share of drama in the past year. Their feud last summer led to a match at RAW 1000, and subsequently a triple threat at Summer Slam. Punk went on to beat Cena and The Big Show, rightly proving he is worthy of the top prize.

Because Punk has felt so disrespected since he became the top dog last summer, he has felt the need to butt heads with Cena, who has had ample time of his own in the spotlight. During SummerSlam, for example, he refused to aid Cena when he was being attacked by The Big Show, and ambushed The Rock. The self-described "Straight Edge Superstar" has adopted a darker, more purposeful persona of late, and it seems to be working.

Punk's transformation has been a surprising turn of events, but one that has made his allegiances and beefs all the more colorful. Punk, per his strong-willed personality, is out to prove to Cena he is the better wrestler. He has been trying to get the Boston native to proclaim, on national television, that he is the best of the best.

Cena, for his part, will not give in to those kinds of demands, which makes their clash on Saturday all the more compelling. Cena will not give an inch, and Punk will do whatever it takes to beat him while defending his title and getting the recognition as the top performer in the world.

The Night of Champions is closing in on us, and with the top match billed as the most explosive, it certainly seems like we're headed for an epic showdown.

And at this point, could you ask for a better leading man?