WWE Night of Champions 2012 Predictions: John Cena Will Overpower CM Punk in Win

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 16, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Joey Logano (L), driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, speaks to professional wrestler John Cena in the garage area prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Wrestling superstar John Cena has had a rough go of it in the last few years, but he's poised for a big-time win over CM Punk in the 2012 WWE Night of Champions.

There's no doubt that the winner of Sunday night's spectacle will be the undisputed WWE Champion, which makes this epic bout more than just another wrestling match. If Cena were to come out on top, it'd help define his legacy as a WWE great and end his title drought.

Cena has already won the WWE Championship a record 10 times, but this would be a big statement as to the lengthy nature of his career and prove that he can win titles, even at the age of 35. 

One of the greatest powers in WWE history has the potential to help boost ratings numbers and give WWE their best business venture in a long time, but it's much more than that for the sport. 

Cena has the chance to cement his legacy in the sport and give them their undisputed poster boy for the sport. WWE has needed a shot in the arm after public exposure took a hit on the company in the 2000s, and a re-emergence of John Cena would do wonders in that regard.

Many of yesterday's wrestling fans that are currently disconnected with the sport recognize Cena's name and his effect on the sport, but many of those same fans have never heard of a wrestler named CM Punk.

While it would be a big win for Punk, and he's certainly capable—if not favored—to win, a Cena victory would send further shockwaves throughout the sport.

Cena has done as much for the sport of wrestling as anybody, and it would be a disservice for the WWE to allow Punk to win over Cena. He deserves it, and he'll come through.

What many don't know is that Punk is the reigning WWE Champion, and he has held the title for 300 days—a very, very impressive reign. But it's been a quiet reign for Punk, who definitely needs a big win over Cena to make some noise.

Regardless, legacy will reign supreme Sunday night, and Cena will defeat Punk for his 11th WWE Championship.