While it’s been only rumored by the internet wrestling media thus far, The Undertaker’s health keeping him out of WrestleMania 29 looks to be a real possibility. While at the end of the day, I think Taker finds a way to get out there, Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment has to be racking their brain figuring out how to replace the phenom on his marquee show.
The man most affected by this loss is not The Undertaker, it's CM Punk. Of course, Punk has a chance to regain the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber, but I wouldn’t bet on it. The Rock will face John Cena at WrestleMania and the big rumor among the internet wrestling community was Punk facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29 with a chance to end the streak after establishing a streak of his own earlier in the year.
On paper, the match doesn’t sound as spectacular as maybe Shawn Michaels or Triple H, but it’s hard to argue with some level of intrigue in a Punk/Undertaker match. There would be more intrigue if Punk still had the WWE Title and the streak that came along against The Undertaker’s historic WrestleMania streak, but let’s be real, that wasn’t a possibility.
Instead, we were left with the idea that Punk could tout his recent title streak and mention that The Rock and John Cena are playing with his title, but he’s ready to end another streak, an unmatched streak of big-show dominance that The Undertaker carries.
It would be an awesome build, I’m sure of it, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves or get too excited. It may not happen.
What happens if The Undertaker is unable to wrestle at WrestleMania 29? What becomes of CM Punk? Whom does he face? The following are a few scenarios for CM Punk. I also give a rating at the end of each portion for my desire to see that particular matchup. Be mindful that this overall rating deals with not only in-ring, but also how desirable of a build and story the match would have and how it would affect both characters in the future.
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