WWE Survivor Series: Can Punk's Year-Long Reign End One Day Short?
Survivor Series with CM Punk in the WWE Championship match? No, this isn't a rerun. One year ago, almost to the day, CM Punk went into Madison Square Garden and walked out as WWE Champion for the second time in his career. Punk has held that title ever since, defending it against the likes of Chris Jericho, John Cena and Ryback. Even as Punk's attitude has seemed to change, his desire for respect and adoration for his accomplishments still remains. As he comes close to the one-year anniversary of his reign beginning, Punk sure looks different historically than he used to.
Punk's reign now ties the seventh-longest reign in history, which belongs to the immortal Hulk Hogan. Should he make it through the week, he ties a reign by Randy Savage for the sixth-longest reign in company history. He would need to make it to December 5 to make it to 381 days, passing John Cena's reign and making it into the top five all-time. Before we go down that avenue, Punk needs to take on both Cena and the once-defeated Ryback.
Ryback looked close to the title inside Hell in a Cell, but had to deal with a rogue referee that gave him his first loss. That referee, Brad Maddox, has since tried to get a contract, but failed. It didn't stop Paul Heyman from talking to him, so don't forget about Maddox tonight.
As for Cena, he has won the title 10 times already, is fully healed, and sees a possible title match with The Rock in January at Royal Rumble. There's not much stopping Cena from trying to end the long reign of Punk's, but he'll have to face Ryback too. The Ryback/Cena encounter will sure be interesting and Punk will need to find a way to disappear while these two strongmen beat each other around.
Punk is devious and a good champion always finds a way. It's hard to bet against Punk, at least not yet, so Punk retaining and celebrating one year with the belt is what I anticipate tomorrow night on RAW.
Prediction: CM Punk [STILL WWE Champion]
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