CM Punk Really Is Money in the Bank

Jesse MotiffSenior Analyst IApril 14, 2009

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk wrestles Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

CM Punk is in the process of carving out a nice place for himself in the wrestling industry. He now needs to take the next step, and start working on becoming a legend in the business.

Punk won his second Money In The Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 25, and he is now heading to Friday night Smackdown. 

Punk has all the tools to be the very best in the business. He is a great worker and very few in the WWE can keep up with him in the ring right now. He is great on the mic and is one of the most popular babyfaces in the company.

However, for Punk to take that next step to superstardom, it's time for the "real" CM Punk to shine through.

As many of you know, Punk lives a "straight edge" lifestyle. It's the perfect set-up to become one of the most hated men in the sport. Punk could set everything up almost the same way he did from his days in Ring of Honor.

Punk could strike up a friendship with Jeff Hardy now that he's over on the Smackdown brand. They could even become Tag Team Champions and have a nice run.

In the meantime, they could each still be successful as single wrestlers. I'm sure Edge will be bringing the World Title back to Smackdown in the near future and the two could renew their rivalry.

Hardy could win the title at Summerslam in a TLC match, and Punk could come out to celebrate the victory only to cash in his title opportunity and turn on his tag partner.

Punk and Hardy could have a GREAT feud. Punk could transform into an arrogant, elite snob that likes to point out how great he is and doesn't need drugs or alcohol in order to live his life.

Hardy could play the troubled soul, and that he is since he has had substance abuse issues in the past, and Punk could even bring up how Hardy has been released for these issues in the past.

The two could put on great matches and I believe Punk could be a strong enough heel to be chased by several babyfaces. Chris Jericho could very easily be a face by then and just think of the work those two could produce.

Long term even a feud with John Cena could Main Event a WrestleMania. Punk could attack Cena and criticize Cena for "selling out" and becoming corporate schill and changing the core of who he was back in the day of all the throwback jerseys and battle raps. All the while imagine Punk in a suit and tie touting his success never having to take drugs for injuries or having any "major" surgeries like Cena.

If you can't tell, I'm quite high on CM Punk's work and ability. He is a rare performer that can work in the ring, talk on the mic, and be successful as either a face or a heel. He has already proven to be a great face, now I want to see the dark side of Punk and watch his career really take off.