The end is within sight. Less than three weeks until WrestleMania 29 and the much awaited match between The Undertaker and CM Punk.
The storyline is great. The build up continues to grow. The outside factors in this myriad of excitement continue to rise, even to the point of fans sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation.
Yes, the WWE has achieved what it wanted to when it decided Punk would face The Dead Man. And we are all the better for it.
What happens after WrestleMania? The Undertaker goes home to Texas and licks his wounds, in victory or defeat. Punk moves on as well. To what? Well, that remains to be seen. But the "Second City Saint" will need a new feud to keep his interest for a while,
Here are a few wrestlers who could fit that description:
Once he puts Fandango over at WrestleMania 29, where does one of the greats go to get a great match?
Jericho is in one of those odd predicaments. He is not worthy of title consideration (at least the WWE Title) and his ability to put wrestlers over is still very much needed in the company. And most of all, he can still put together a great match and give a great interview.
Punk and Jericho could make magic again. We saw this last year with the two of them, which provided some pretty good and entertaining matches. I honestly think he is a real contender for someone like Wade Barrett and the Intercontinental Title or in a program with Antonio Cesaro for the United States Championship.
This writer believes that Ziggler will still be a face in this company.
First, he must get rid of his baggage. Second, he must get a real manager (Ric Flair). Third, he must become the superstar the company envisioned him to be.
Put that all together, and you have HBK-lite. And Ziggler can pull it off. Ziggler has shown he is ready to take the next step. His series with John Cena was entertaining. Now, he is being utilized as a tag team wrestler with Big E Langston.
The singles division is where Ziggler will thrive.
See glimpses of matches between these two and I see greatness. I know I am not the only one who thinks this.
I can still hope for this one. At some point, Punk will turn on Paul Heyman. Lesnar will be there to protect his "associate."
It will be Punk who will leave Heyman before the opposite. And when it happens, there will be another feud the WWE can hang its hat on. While it looks like it is a mismatch on paper and with size differences, it should happen. And if Vince has anything to do with it, it WILL happen.
The idea of no matter how big the bully on the playground is, there is always someone bigger applies here. The sandbox is not big enough for both these heels.
The only problem I see with this is, will the fans get behind Punk or want to see Lesnar beat the holy hell out of him? I'm hoping for the latter.
If there is a wrestler who could use a little taunting from CM Punk, it is Kane.
Kane (as I agree with my fellow BR columnist Tom Clark) is in need of a major heel turn, but someone or something needs to help him make that transition. Wouldn't the loss of your "father" and the crime committed in stealing his urn be enough to push a man over the edge?
Kane and Punk beating on each other makes sense. They were part of that hideous love triangle with AJ Lee (it always comes back to AJ, doesn't it?) and the two are part of the storyline with The Undertaker.
Yes, it will always fall back to The Undertaker and the connection between the two "brothers" of destruction. Once Undertaker parts ways with the WWE for another year, Punk could lay claim that he may not have been able to beat 'Taker, but he sent him away.
Kane should have more to say about this.
This is the marquee matchup we all want to see and the one that the WWE can bank on. The battle and backstory between these two has become the Rock/Austin of this decade and the standard we all want to witness.
No two wrestlers bring out the best in each other like Cena and Punk. While we have seen good matches between Punk and The Rock, it is the Hulk Hogan/Randy Savage of this generation.
If (or when) Cena beats The Rock for the WWE Title, you know Punk will be right there to challenge him again. Right now, the WWE must bank on these two giving fans the match they saw last month where Cena looked as good as he ever had and Punk sells for him like no other wrestler.
It is pure ballet.