At the end of the Oct. 8 Raw, did Vince McMahon hint (intentionally or otherwise) that the main event at WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 could be a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship?
In case you missed it: McMahon was about to give his “State of the WWE” speech on the show when CM Punk interrupted to once again rant about not getting respected. To make a long story short, Punk slapped McMahon and left the ring. In pure storyline form, McMahon angrily ordered Punk to fight him in the ring, and Punk accepted.
During their match later in the evening, Punk had McMahon up in the GTS when Ryback’s music hit. Punk bolted when Ryback entered, but he was pushed back into the ring by John Cena. A mini-beatdown ensued, and Punk scrambled into the crowd.
McMahon took the mic and told Punk he had to decide by next week’s Raw if he wanted to face either Ryback or Cena at Hell in a Cell.
Then came the hint. McMahon told Punk that if he hadn’t decided by then, “I will make it for you!”
Actually, the decision probably was made some time ago. McMahon just teased it in an effort to draw viewers to next week’s show.
In retrospect, a Triple Threat match with Punk, Cena and Ryback could turn out to be one of the best PPV main events this year. Definitely, it could cement Ryback’s status as a surging uppercard face.
And it suddenly makes sense out of all those silly, double-jobber squash matches on which Ryback built his momentum. Picture Ryback lifting both Cena and Punk on his shoulders and hitting the Shell Shocked move for a victory and the championship. It may get teased a couple of times in mid-match, but I definitely could see it happening.
Remember, the champion is not always the biggest or the best, but the one who gets hot at the right time. At this point, Ryback could outduel the sun in hotness.
Plus, you get a couple of other potential storylines from this match. Punk and Cena have worked some outstanding programs in the past, and there is no reason to believe this one will be any different. You also get to see how Cena reacts to Ryback’s popularity surge and challenge for the belt.
This is a match that will leave everyone shouting “Feed Me More!” And meaning it.
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