WWE Night of Champions 2012: Why John Cena Needs to Win vs. CM Punk

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 15, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

The marquee match at WWE Night of Champions is John Cena taking on CM Punk, with the championship belt on the line. An ideal result would be Cena taking back the title. 

Punk has played the heel brilliantly and has certainly been an entertaining champion. But Cena is equally compelling and also one of the WWE’s superstars. The former champion would be a convincing and worthy champion.

The feud between these two has been fantastic for the WWE this summer, but getting in the way of Cena and Punk finally getting the chance to go against each other without any interference would be a mistake.

Punk’s recent involvement with Paul Heyman suggests that a plan is in the works to help the current champion retain his title in a less-than-honorable manner. The Big Show seems like a safe bet to interfere at some point during the match and help Punk defeat Cena.

This would be a disappointing way to end the only match at this event that is causing any buzz. It would prolong a storyline that gets staler every time an interference prevents these two from finishing a match fairly.

The writers have had Punk complaining about not getting any respect for far too long to not let this match play out without Heyman or the Big Show interfering. Having him accept help to beat Cena risks turning the fans’ favorite villain into a whiner.

If Punk were to win outright against Cena, this would be an acceptable outcome. It would open the door for fresh new storylines, but it would also largely do away with Cena and Punk’s feud, as the challenger would no longer have any ground to stand on when saying that he is the best in the world.

But if Cena were to beat Punk, he would certainly do everything possible to rub the victory in Punk’s face. This would cause Heyman and the furious former champion to start plotting ways to get the title back from Cena.

Ultimately, not allowing Punk and Cena to settle fight this match fairly would prolong a feud that has gone on long enough. If there is to be an undisputed winner at the end of the Night of Champions, then it should be Cena, as this would allow for more compelling storylines going forward.