It isn’t Jack Buck making the call, but “I cannot believe what I just saw.”
Not since the days of the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and his personal referee Charles Robinson have anything like this happened in professional wrestling.
Somehow, someway, CM Punk was going to retain the WWE title.
Paul Heyman was correct when he said come Monday; “The Best in the World” would still hold gold around his waist. But it took a smarmy referee and a great plot to do it.
Ryback was beaten on, battered, even knocked down and he still got up and looked to be in control of the Hell in a Cell match with the current WWE champion, Punk.
Actually, the move with the referee and taking an old-school page out of the books of WCW was a pretty ingenious idea. Way to go, Vinnie Mac.
Now things get a little interesting, and as good ol’ J.R. would say, business is about to pick up.
What Punk and Heyman did was awaken a sleeping giant. Ryback was an unknown in the title picture and held his own in the ring, and in a title match. Not only did the WWE find its champion of the future, it created a buzz which will help promote Survivor Series and TLC, the last two pay-per-view events of the year.
So much for the idea of Brock Lesnar at this year’s HIAC, but it could still happen at a later date.
We all will remember the image of Ryback on top of the cage holding CM Punk and proclaiming his dominance. It is bigger than Batista. It’s bigger than Goldberg. It’s Ultimate Warrior-like and it has the WWE fans talking.
I guess when it comes down to it, Vince and the boys knew what they were doing.
And we did not need John Cena to interfere or show his face on the main show. Punk and Ryback took care of the main attraction with ease.
What this also does for the WWE is help create a few more matchup issues. What happens to John Cena? Does it mean at some point he and Dolph Ziggler begin to feud? Does it mean the focus on the WWE title will only center on Punk and Ryback over the course of the next 64 days until the end of the year?
Who will be chosen for Survivor Series? Does Paul Heyman have other wrestlers in his mind that could join his stable (Big Show and Randy Orton)?
How will the “win” for Punk tie into his “no respect” angle for the champion? Does it mean he states he did what he had to do because Vince, Vickie Guerrero, Cena and the WWE Universe have never respected his wrestling or the fact he is a champion with over 344 days of experience?
Does Ryback get an immediate return match? Do we string things out or the next month (of course we do) in an effort to promote the hell out of Survivor Series?
And of course, there is the main question we all want answered; the one we all know the answer to already.
When will CM Punk finally be fed to Ryback again, and when will the neophyte, who is learning on the job, become the next WWE champion?