The reason why Rick Steamboat and Ric Flair had arguably the greatest rivalry in professional wrestling was simple. According to Ric Flair in his autobiography, "To Be The Man," wrestling Steamboat was like ballet.
The two former world champions could re-enact a spot from a match in the 1970s when they faced each other in 1989 and make it look effortless. Flair said Steamboat sold for him more than anyone he faced in the ring other than maybe Ricky Morton.
When you look at John Cena and CM Punk, you see contrasting styles, shades of wrestlers past and a feud that is as good today as it was when the two fought over the WWE Title at SummerSlam two years ago. Punk, who is as arrogant as ever in his role as heel, is one of the few men Cena has stated is worthy enough to be in the ring with him.
High praise? Maybe. A legitimate claim? Definitely.
Fact is, while Cena can wrestle, it is Punk that is the better performer. But what we saw Monday night between these two may have been the best match between the two WWE giants. Cena and Punk put on a clinic, working for the chance to face The Rock at WrestleMania 29.
Move for move, hold for hold, it was one of the best matches I have seen in years and right now should get nominations for "Match of the Year".
Are you listening, Sheamus?
As a fan of the artistry of the "sport," there is nothing greater than seeing men who genuinely enjoy being in the ring together. The fact both can talk the talk and then walk the walk added to the mix and made the confrontation that much better.
It's a shame the WWE has not already decided there would be three men gunning for the WWE Title instead of just two. To make things a little worse is the fact the loser, in this case Punk, does not have a dance partner in New Jersey.
Hopefully, The Undertaker hears this and makes an appearance on Raw next week. If not, a travesty has been committed.
The WWE has had its share of great feuds over the past 20 years. Punk/Cena may not be the best, but it is one of the best. The company needs these two men to perform with and against each other after wrestling's biggest pay-per-view.
WWE had better realize what a gem it has when these two get in the ring and face each other.