The Undertaker is back.
Interestingly, WrestlingInc.com has noted that Punk was asked about a potential WrestleMania bout with Undertaker in September of last year at the Ohio Comic Con. Needless to say, the former WWE champion didn't exactly seem thrilled with the prospect of trying to end "The Streak," saying bluntly at the 27-minute mark,
I like being in situations where you don't know who's going to win, where there's drama. I think the Undertaker thing... whoever wrestles him, I feel it's a foregone conclusion, you know what I mean? There needs to be some drama and stuff.
Punk went on to say his main goal is to close out WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Well, as the end of Monday's Raw made clear, that won't be happening this year. And with Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock penciled in for next year (Wrestling Observer Newsletter via WrestlingInc), probably not then either.
This may be frustrating for Punk—and his fans—to accept. But adding him to the Cena/Rock bout to make the main event a three-way (as many Punk fans would have surely liked) would have diluted it greatly. Cena/Rock did record-breaking numbers once, and it surely will again.
What would Punk have added?
Besides, enough has been said already about the star's struggles to draw well as WWE champion. For all his hard work, he simply doesn't have anything close to the star power or drawing ability of Cena, Rock or Lesnar, and probably never will.
It's just business.
Of course, "The Voice of the Voiceless" may have a valid point when he says Undertaker's WrestleMania match is a "foregone conclusion." It doesn't seem like "The Streak" will ever end, and maybe that's the way it should be.
However, Shawn Michaels and Triple H each faced with similar pessimism when they took on "The Deadman" at WrestleMania and still managed to churn out classic, dramatic matches (twice, no less!).
Punk may be doing himself—and his foe— a great disservice if he assumes right off the bat that the bout isn't one worth doing.