CM Punk is a man who likes numbers. The most important one that matters to him is 365, as in the number of days he will be WWE champion if he can win on Sunday night at Survivor Series. That’s a pretty tall order considering the fact he will not only face Ryback, he will also have the pleasure of locking up with his old pal John Cena again in a Triple Threat match.
This pay-per-view may just be worth watching after all.
While Punk is truly at a disadvantage in this type of match, could he become an afterthought because of the potential huge rivalry that is brewing between Ryback and the man who stepped aside so he could have a chance at Punk’s title at Hell in a Cell?
Things get more interesting each day with the WWE. In the immortal words of the Road Warriors, “What a Rush!”
There are so many ways this could play out Sunday night, and we haven’t even thought about how Brad Maddox and Paul Heyman will affect this match. That is for another column. Let’s just focus on the here and now.
Two weeks in a row, we have seen Ryback and Cena stare each other down, the latest instance on Monday night with both of them holding the WWE Title. Kind of makes you wonder if the real match on Sunday night will be Cena trying to help the big man get over even more and Punk snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Call it an old Ric Flair move, where he works hard but makes the opponent work harder only to win in the end, just when the fans think Flair is done for and the NWA Title would change hands.
Punk is that type of wrestler. He isn’t in the same class of Flair, Shawn Michaels or Rick Steamboat, but he is a little Randy Savage.
What makes this match more interesting is the conflict without words. While Punk is spewing his self-proclaimed “disrespect card” all over arenas, Ryback and Cena have not spoken two words to each other. Though the focus has been on Ryback and Punk specifically, there has not been a reason for the favorite son of the WWE to speak to his other rival in the match.
This without a doubt will lead to a feud down the road and possibly sooner rather than later. Ryback may not win this contest Sunday night, and the WWE always has Cena on stand-by to hold the gold and make the company money, but Punk may be the forgotten man who takes home his title in Indianapolis.
In the grand scheme of this pay-per-view, which lost steam when Team Foley vs. Team Punk was formed, this is shaping up to be better than anticipated. The misconceptions of a feud that wasn’t going anywhere after Hell in a Cell just got a little more exciting.
And truthfully, we did not have to hear a word from John Cena to get to this point. All we needed to do was sit back and let actions speak louder than words.