With a potentially career-changing decision looming over whether to square off against Ryback or an injured John Cena at the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, WWE champion CM Punk clearly has some thinking to do.
However, the decision does not need to be as difficult as it seems.
With the prospect of facing off against a monster—one that the company seems hellbent on pushing to the top as quickly as possible—or a broken, beaten former champion, the choice is fairly clear.
As long as he is cleared for combat, Cena should be Punk’s opponent.
On top of the fact that Ryback is nowhere near ready for a title run, or even a title match, a Punk-Cena match is a much bigger draw. It would likely serve as easy pickings for the man that claims to be “the best in the world.”
Plus, Punk has already beaten Cena countless times, no matter what the circumstances have been. Sure, he has had help on occasion, but the result is still the same.
With this title reign, Punk seems to have shaken the WWE Universe. Gone are the days where a threat came in and Cena simply swatted it away, most of the time single-handedly.
Cena is no longer the competitor that he once was. The crowds still get behind him, but in recent times, it seems as if more people are booing than cheering.
His matches tend to be much shorter than they once were, and even in other matches where he has a partner or multiple opponents, Cena seems to be doing far less work than he did in years past.
It might be a stretch to say that Punk has dominated Cena in recent matches, but he still has the WWE title.
That raises an important question: If Punk retains his title at Hell in a Cell, should Cena get a rematch with him yet again?
Yes, Punk and Cena are a decent draw, but isn’t it time for someone else to get a shot? The constant elevation of Cena as the savior of the company is beginning to wear a bit thin.
It is somewhat interesting to see Cena constantly playing the role of the beaten, noble warrior, but it may be time for him to take a backseat in order to give someone fresh a shot at glory.
The formula of having a flagship superstar of the company was effective during the Hulk Hogan era, but the company still continues to use it. Times have changed, and so have fans.
Further, Hogan was actually the champion, and he was constantly defending the honor of fans and the company from evil villains that tried to invade.
But now that villain holds the title, and to Punk’s credit, he does not show any signs of letting it slip from his grasp. He may not be the most imposing figure in terms of stature or physicality, but Punk offers something more important.
He has the “it” factor that so few possess. Cena has it as well, but it seems to be lessening as time passes. His “pipe bomb” several weeks ago on Raw was a sign that he has not completely lost his old self.
If Cena regains that edge, he can be a viable option for many years to come. But if he continues down the “for the fans” road for much longer, he will not deserve another title match.
And shortly after that we may finally see a new hero emerge.