CM Punk: Why He Should Be the Undertaker's Opponent at WWE WrestleMania 29
No one knows for sure if The Undertaker will be at WrestleMania 29.
Although most of us expect him to defend “The Streak” on the WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of the year once again, there’s a chance—however slim we might think it is—that he has wrestled his last match.
If The Undertaker does wrestle again, though, we are naturally going to ask the big question that we seem to ask every year now: Who will challenge the Deadman and attempt to end his WrestleMania undefeated streak?
Based on recent history, logic says that it will be one of the WWE’s biggest stars.
After all, the list of Undertaker’s last four WrestleMania opponents is quite impressive: Triple H (twice), Shawn Michaels (twice), Edge and Batista. So if he does end up wrestling on the grandest stage of them all in 2013, there won’t be a ton of possible opponents for him.
He will wrestle a major star, and it won’t be Triple H, Randy Orton, John Cena or Sheamus.
It should be CM Punk.
While we’ve seen a lot of scenarios thrown around regarding Punk and WrestleMania 29, I don’t think either of the two that fans seem to be banking on (“Stone Cold” Steve Austin or The Rock) will ultimately end up happening.
Austin vs. Punk would, of course, be a huge match that, much like The Rock vs. Cena, would be a clash of two generations and two of the biggest stars that wrestling has ever seen. But I don’t think Austin will be healthy enough to go at WrestleMania 29, and with a card that will already feature The Rock and Brock Lesnar, there’s no need to oversaturate it with part-time stars.
Punk’s “Option B” so to speak is apparently another dream match: “The Voice of the Voiceless” vs. “The People’s Champ,” The Rock. But the more I watch WWE storylines play out and the closer we get to Royal Rumble time, I can’t help but think that the “Once in a Lifetime” tagline that was used for this year’s Rock/Cena match was a big load of BS.
I think Punk will walk into the Royal Rumble as WWE champion and lose his title to The Rock, setting up The Rock vs. Cena: Part Two at WrestleMania 29 and leaving Punk out in the cold.
Well, maybe not.
If we get Rock/Cena at WrestleMania 29 like I think we will, we’ll be left with just a couple of possible opponents for The Undertaker at the pay-per-view. Could Lesnar end up being Undertaker’s opponent? I suppose so.
But the match I would really want to see is Punk vs. The Undertaker.
Assuming he wrestles, who should Undertaker face at WrestleMania 29?
Especially over the last six or seven years, The Undertaker’s defense of “The Streak” has become one of the biggest attractions of WrestleMania. If it’s not the top match on the card, it’s usually No. 2.
If he defends his streak once again at WrestleMania 29, that will remain true, especially if he goes one-on-one with Punk.
Punk has obviously developed into the one of the WWE’s top two stars over the last year or so, and he’s delivered countless great promos and matches. He’s worked his tail off to make it to the top of the WWE, but barring a triple threat against The Rock and Cena at Mania, he doesn’t figure to be involved in the biggest bout at the WWE’s biggest pay-per-view.
But after all Punk has accomplished over the course of 2011 and 2012, he deserves to be one of the featured attractions at WrestleMania 29. If he’s not going to wrestle The Rock or be involved in the WWE title picture, then the next best choice is for him to face The Undertaker.
There’s a history between Punk and Taker that goes all the way back to 2009, but that came before Punk was the huge star that he is today, and looking back at it, their rivalry wasn’t as good as it probably should have been.
That’s fine, though, because it appears that the way the dominoes will fall may lead us to Undertaker vs. Punk: Part Two.
While we all know that Punk won’t end “The Streak,” that doesn’t matter. We would just enjoy what might be The Undertaker’s last ride and what would likely be the show-stealer of WrestleMania 29.
After all, that’s just what Punk and The Undertaker do.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!
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