Have there ever been two wrestlers more stylistically different than CM Punk and The Rock?
Both are effective in the ring, but in vastly different ways. Punk utilizes some martial arts moves, some traditional old-school wrestling moves and his athleticism to best his opponents. Rock is pure power and persona. He seems to defeat foes simply by his mere presence.
On the mic, the two are even more disparate. Rock is a catch-phrase machine. He belts out the same ten lines over and over again, to the point where the audience chants along. No one gets tired of it, and he's become iconic for his wit over the years. Punk's delivery is more subtle and ultimately just as effective. He says the things that "smart" fans are thinking, and doesn't care what the consequences might be.
Normally, WWE tends to avoid these style clashes. A huge Buy for allowing Punk and Rock to be themselves.
Punk started out by defining the term "pipe bomb" as simply telling the truth. He went on to explain that talent and skill aren't what's important in WWE. It's popularity that matters. He used the example of imaginary Little Jimmy getting more TV time than outstanding grappler Tyson Kidd to make his point.
He went on to say that his 400-plus days as WWE Champion are akin to "30 years" of title reigns by the likes of Bruno Sammartino and Hulk Hogan, since they only wrestled "once a month at Madison Square Garden."
Then came Rock. He worked the crowd and Punk at equal intervals. He got the fans chanting "Cookie Puss" at Punk, thus proving that he can get live crowds to chant anything in the world. He explained to Punk that the fans matter, and that Punk doesn't, spewing catchphrases all the while.
Instead of trying to hide the differences between Punk and Rock, WWE is embracing the disparity. It's a smart move. These are two of the greatest talkers in wrestling history. To make one change his style would lessen the impact of the upcoming match between the two.
Rock called Punk a punk, and Punk called Rock lame. Both seemed valid and the two came out roughly even in the exchange.
While Rock and Punk may not have the selling power that Rock and Cena did, WWE is doing the smart thing and allowing each man's strength to show through.