WWE Monday Night Raw Preview: A Celebration and Tribute to King CM Punk?

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IINovember 19, 2012

Illustration courtesy of WWE 13 Video Game
Illustration courtesy of WWE 13 Video Game

The fallout from the 2012 WWE Survivor Series is upon us as Monday Night Raw emanates from the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.

While there is much talk about how CM Punk retained the WWE Championship on Sunday night, there seems to not be enough talk about how long he has retained the title now.

After Sunday night's title defense, Punk has held the WWE Championship for exactly one year after winning it at last year's Survivor Series event.

Only John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Bob Backlund, Pedro Morales, Bruno Sammartino and most notably Randy Savage have held the WWE Championship for longer than a year during a single title reign.

Notably mentioned above, Punk was a huge fan of Savage and, from wearing replica ring gear to using his diving elbow drop finishing move, has given him a tribute from time to time inside the ring.

Savage held the WWE Championship on two occasions, and one of those was for 371 days between 1988 and 1989.

Like Savage, Punk has also held the WWE Championship belt on two occasions, but he is a five-time major champion in the WWE after winning the World Heavyweight Championship three times.

Savage, who died suddenly in the summer of 2011, would have turned 60 on November 15.

Savage was known as the "Macho King" before he was the "Macho Man," and I could foresee Punk taking on this moniker as a tribute to Randy and also use this against Jerry "The King" Lawler, who is the only living King in the WWE.

Besides going back and forth with Dwayne Johnson on Twitter, Punk has also tweeted "#365," reminding the WWE Universe of how long he has been WWE Champion.

Tonight, we should see a humble CM Punk—less bragging and just taking in the moment.

It wouldn't surprise me if CM Punk mentioned that in six days time, he will be passing Randy Savage on the all-time list for the single-longest championship reign.

Love him or hate him, you have to respect him.  Punk is starting to put up Hall of Fame-type numbers.

Best in the world?  That could be argued, but it's a tough argument currently.

As for now, Punk can celebrate his WWE Championship reign, but a match with the legendary Rock at Royal Rumble is around the corner.