Brock Lesnar must wipe off his wounds and begin a new hunt now that WrestleMania 29 is over, with CM Punk being his prey.
It took nearly snapping his arm off, cracking him with a sledgehammer and a Pedigree to the steel steps to do it, but Triple H defeated Lesnar at The Show of Shows. Triple H staved off forced retirement, forcing the monster to find someone new to terrorize.
The man who shares a manager with Lesnar is the best option available.
Lesnar only works limited dates so WWE must choose his next rival carefully. A feud with Punk offers the best story, the best promos and the best matches.
Punk is reportedly working a reduced schedule (h/t F4WOnline via WrestleZone.com) after his grueling bout with The Undertaker, one that may not include Extreme Rules. That just means Punk has time to heal his nagging injuries and WWE has time to build their story for SummerSlam—or whichever pay-per-view where those two collide.
The Paul Heyman connection opens up the door for a number of narrative options.
Perhaps Punk feels that Heyman isn't making him a high enough priority. Maybe Punk now lacks confidence that Heyman can help them win. Both men lost at WrestleMania despite Heyman's presence, cheating and encouragement.
If Punk is no longer a Heyman guy, Lesnar vs. Punk becomes the hottest rivalry that company has going.
Imagine the sharpness of the verbal barbs Heyman and Punk could throw at each other. Imagine those two elite talkers going at it on WWE TV.
Having Heyman and Punk on the same team has been an overload of talking talent.
Aligning those two has been like putting Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees on the same team. Should Punk and Heyman split, should they be going at each other instead of their mutual enemies, WWE will be the better for it.
They will compose a story on the microphone like few others can, a story that will climax in the ring in an intriguing match.
One can argue whether Punk is a big-time draw like Cena, but it's not debatable that he has been delivering some of WWE's best matches every time he laces up his boots. WrestleMania 29 is a prime example with Punk creating a masterwork with The Undertaker.
Punk's Muay Thai influence paired with Lesnar's MMA acumen should make for an appealing clash of styles. Punk's speed against Lesnar's power, the Anaconda Vise against the Kimura Lock, the GTS vs. F-5, all make for mix of parallels and contrasts.
There are other options WWE can hop into with Lesnar, but building toward something with Punk would be the most rewarding in the end.
Sheamus would offer some good brawling but couldn't build the story beforehand like Punk. Ryback isn't versatile enough to make a Lesnar bout compelling. Randy Orton is a feasible option, but Punk's relationship connection is just too tempting to pass up as narrative fodder.
The beast that is Lesnar needs a man to tear apart, one who can make himself look good despite the loss and that man is Punk.