For the last 355 days CM Punk has been WWE Champion. With the one-year anniversary of his win over Alberto Del Rio coming up, we can’t help but wonder when Punk’s reign will end. How much longer until the best in the world is just part of the rest?
Let’s take a look at three factors to consider regarding whether CM Punk’s run as WWE Champion will end anytime soon.
Vince McMahon Is a Ryback Fan
It has been no secret that Vince McMahon is a huge fan of Ryback. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, reported about five months ago that McMahon loved Ryback’s gimmick.
When Vince McMahon falls in love with a gimmick, you can bet your cotton candy flavored gumdrop that that superstar is getting a push.
We have already begun to see the push of Ryback as he was the backup opponent to CM Punk after John Cena couldn’t go due to injury. Despite WWE’s decision to keep the belt on CM Punk, which was a good decision, it may just be a matter of time until Ryback is WWE Champion.
Ryback is scheduled to get another chance at Punk’s WWE Championship a week from Sunday, but this time Ryback may be chanting FEED ME...GOLD!
The Rock’s WWE Championship Match at Royal Rumble
If CM Punk is able to retain his championship through Survivor Series and TLC in December, then he will go one on one with the great one at Royal Rumble.
There has been a lot of debate as to whether or not The Rock should or should not become WWE Champion in early 2013.
One popular idea is that The Rock will end CM Punk’s reign and go on to face John Cena in (another?) once-in-a-lifetime WrestleMania match. The issue with The Rock ending CM Punk’s reign as WWE Champion, is the fact that he is not a full-time wrestler.
This tells WWE superstars who wrestle all year round that they don’t matter. While some do matter more than others, it is a bad message to send. It remains to be seen whether the Rock ends CM Punk’s reign as WWE Champion, but his date with the Brahma Bull is less than two months away.
WWE’s Poor Ratings
One featured columnist here on Bleacher Report discussed CM Punk’s effect on WWE’s ratings and was absolutely correct.
It is not CM Punk’s fault.
There are many reasons why WWE has poor ratings such as Monday Night Football or other shows, John Cena’s injury and most importantly, terribly booked shows and angles.
WWE writers do not take logic or creativity into consideration for the shows. Why does this effect CM Punk’s reign as WWE Champion?
Think back shortly before CM Punk won the title in late 2011. Alberto Del Rio had just cashed in his Money in the Bank contract at SummerSlam to become WWE Champion. What happened just one month later?
John Cena is WWE Champion.
The thinking behind this was ratings would be better if Cena was holding the title. If WWE is unhappy with its ratings and decides to blame the WWE Champion again, CM Punk’s reign may end sooner rather than later.
It’s obviously hard to say exactly when CM Punk’s reign as WWE Champion will end, but by the time WrestleMania comes, CM Punk should be in the main event. Since June 2011, WWE has been all about Punk. The ratings will soar through the roof with Punk still WWE Champion at the biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Ryback will most likely win the Rumble and challenge the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania.
The Rock and John Cena Part II would ruin last year’s talk of it being once in a lifetime.
What is the solution?
CM Punk should retain his title against The Rock in controversy. This will ultimately lead to a triple-threat match for the WWE Championship between The Rock, CM Punk and John Cena.
Unfortunately, it makes the most sense for John Cena to be the one to end Punk’s reign. Cena is the ratings king in the eyes of Vince McMahon and the WWE. The Rock cannot hold the title without being a full-time wrestler. CM Punk’s title run won’t end soon, but it will end on the grandest stage of them all.
When do you think CM Punk’s run as WWE Champion will end? How?
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