Monday Night Raw had a little bit of everything for everyone. When we saw Mark Henry deliver what could have been the greatest retirement speech in the history of professional wrestling (sorry, Ric Flair), I did not think it could get any better. Then came the F-5 seen and heard around the wrestling world.
The match I and many have wanted to see—Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk—was about to become a reality.
Finally (in my most respectful “Rock” voice), the WWE has gotten its head out of its monkey ass and seen the light. The greatest WWE champion of our era is going to fight the beast of all beasts, the man who thinks he can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Yes, Brock Lesnar will try to make the “Second City Saint” tap out.
OK, enough of the poking fun and having a little laugh or two at this, but it is going to happen. My only thought about it, having gone over the scenario in my mind for the past two days is, “Why now is this taking place?”
The WWE rectified a lot of wrongs at Payback on Sunday and continued to show it was moving toward its “New Attitude Era” with a fight for control by the McMahons, a Stone Cold Steve Austin-like effort by Dolph Ziggler and “Steamboat/Savage-like” match between Punk and Chris Jericho.
The WWE may have found its ebb and flow when it followed up the pay-per-view on Monday and had outstanding matches between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton (even when it was stopped), Kane and Dean Ambrose, and then Punk and Alberto Del Rio.
Making Punk a contender for the world title would be the right thing to do, but it also would screw Ziggler out of a title chance. But Punk and Del Rio is a better matchup. The two wrestled when Punk began his 434-day title reign, and both were quite gifted in the ring.
If the WWE was going to see if this feud had legs (and it should), then why interject Lesnar in a good thing?
While the Raw side of things seems to be set with John Cena taking on Mark Henry (oh, I think Henry actually wins), the SmackDown side of things just got a little crazy. Does Punk take the title off of Del Rio and then fight Lesnar at SummerSlam? Again, Ziggler held the Money in the Bank briefcase for almost a year and then loses it basically because of injury.
Please do not misunderstand me and what I am saying—I love the idea of Lesnar and Punk getting face to face. The summer months will be hotter than they have been in years. But the WWE must stick to a game plan that allows for Punk to have a great run with a different program and still have a shot at claiming a title at some point.
And unlike other wrestlers, Punk is a top title guy, he cannot carry the intercontinental title and be a success.
Lesnar is a part-time deal, but for now he is first and foremost on our minds. The WWE needs to take him when he’s on the “menu” and serve him up in the grandest fashion. Punk/Lesnar has a chance to be bigger than Rock/Cena or Punk/Rock.
Yes, it’s that big.
But if it is to happen and work, the company needs to have other angles which take care of the WWE’s supporting cast. If not, this battle fails miserably.