WWE Elimination Chamber 2013: What Is Next for CM Punk?
So, as expected, CM Punk failed to regain the WWE Championship during his bout with Rock. The WWE tried to throw a curveball by including the stipulation of Punk winning the title back if the Rock gets counted out or disqualified, but to no avail.
Now, as announced, we are going to officially get Rock/Cena II at WrestleMania 29. While the Once In A Lifetime moniker is virtually on the clearance rack, it did draw big numbers last year, and Vince McMahon has high hopes for this year to do even better.
So where does this leave CM Punk?
I must admit, I was fine with a CM Punk heel turn, but I did find it a bit premature to turn him heel at the Raw 1000 show. However, as soon as his alliance with Paul Heyman commenced, I was totally in. His slimy, often-complaining gimmick eventually worked and was a good way to continue his run as champion.
Then comes The Rock. Goodbye WWE Championship run, and so long title-picture involvement after Elimination Chamber, CM Punk.
With that being said, there are three ideas that could work for CM Punk. One anticipated, one faintly rumored and one originated.
As many of us know, the plan was for CM Punk to start a program with the Undertaker leading to WM 29 (h/t WrestlingInc.com). However, it is still up in the air whether we will see the Deadman this year or not. Some say it's money; some say it's health.
Regardless of the matter, their World Heavyweight Championship feud worked well in 2009, and CM Punk could hold his own even more with his increase in popularity since then.
There are small discussions streaming about what CM Punk would do if The Undertaker does not show up at WrestleMania. The possibility is that since both CM Punk and Brock Lesnar are affiliated with Paul Heyman, Heyman could turn on Punk leading to the PPV. This could cause Lesnar to defend Heyman's decision and a Punk/Lesnar match.
Although this would be a decent "Plan B," it would not be a very exciting payoff. It is difficult to envision how Punk could actually go over Lesnar at WM, unless Lesnar gets disqualified and the feud continues to Extreme Rules.
CM Punk is a good heel. His affiliation with Paul Heyman should not end whatsoever. Moreover, it should continue for a considerable amount of time. Since we all know that Heyman is in cahoots with both Brad Maddox and The Shield, this could lead to a program with Sheamus.
John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback are the three most common victims of Shield attacks. Since Cena is already involved in the WWE Championship picture, and a feud with Ryback is extinguished, Sheamus would be a likely opponent. Their match when both were champions was good, and it would be a fresh feud.
Where do you think CM Punk should go leading into WrestleMania? Comment, civilly, below.
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