WWE Champion CM Punk vs. John Cena
GSM: Although the first few weeks of the buildup to this match felt insignificant, their recent promo this past week on Raw is what really got me excited for the match. Given their storied past together, this match should be treated as a major deal, especially given the stipulations attached.
CM Punk has been WWE Champion for over 300 days, John Cena hasn't held the belt in nearly a year, and the event is emanating from Cena's hometown of Boston.
All that being said, this match will undoubtedly be closing the show. Despite originally predicting that Cena will regain the title here, I have a feeling the Straightedge Savior will somehow pull out the victory to garner major heat from the pro-Cena crowd, whether it be from the help of Paul Heyman or whatever.
SiD: In what can be officially called the best match on the card, the WWE Champion faces the face of the WWE, John Cena, in a match where two things are on the line: the WWE championship and respect.
For CM Punk, respect is a driving force. But John Cena firmly believes that respect should be earned, not demanded.
A man who's been in the WWE since 2001, John Cena has worked his way to the top in order to receive respect from his peers and bosses, and while CM Punk is more talented than Cena, Punk feels that he's been neglected, and he will prove to his haters that he deserves respect.
As for the match, I predict that unlike other CM Punk matches, this bout will be the main event, and it will last a good 30 to 40 minutes, with the current WWE champion, CM Punk retaining his WWE championship in a valiant effort.
Massey: CM Punk vs. John Cena again. However, this doesn’t feel repeated to me. They have managed to keep it fresh, showing that repeated feuds can work if they are handled properly. Punk has been trying so hard to be a heel, but I can’t help but still cheer him along with most of the WWE Universe.
I would like to think CM Punk will gain a win over John Cena and keep the title until the Royal Rumble where he can face The Rock. I believe that Punk will find Cena a tough challenge, but he will look more in control than he did do a year ago—he will have to or else it will look like he hasn’t improved since he first became WWE Champion.
I also wonder whether we will see a new WWE Championship debut at this event. We know it has been in development, and Punk bringing it out on Sunday would make perfect sense and give the match a little more weight and tension. I think the match will steal the show, and due to the amount of hype, the crowd should be hot for it as well.
Scaccia: Great build for this match. On Raw, Cena had his best promo of the year, in my opinion. He really helped drive home the idea that Punk has left all of his fans down. Cena looked really strong after that, and Punk looked really weak.
This is exactly why I am picking Punk to retain. Punk just added Paul Heyman to his resume; there is no way he is losing with Heyman now in the storyline. Also, Punk has been mocking The Rock a lot lately, even using the Rock Bottom in his Steel Cage match with Jerry Lawler.
Punk wins, and the storyline continues, eventually leading to a Punk/Rock matchup.
Overall Consensus: Punk-4, Cena-0