CM Punk and Paul Heyman are having some issues. As we have been witnessing during the past couple of weeks, Punk has suddenly grown frustrated with Heyman and made the decision to part ways professionally with his popular mentor. But this may prove to be a bad move on Punk’s part, as I believe that Heyman will ultimately prevent the Best in the World from winning WWE’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Truth be told, I think it’s a shame that Punk and Heyman are no longer working side by side. They just fit together in so many ways, not the least of which is on the mic. They are two of the best stick men that the industry has ever known and narrated some very entertaining storylines during the past year.
Actually, it is the strength that both men have cutting promos that put their union above any other that we have seen in recent years from WWE. Simply put, when Paul Heyman and CM Punk open their mouths, fans listen.
They listen and they feel it.
There is no better outcome for a WWE Superstar than to stand in front of a live crowd and make an impact when they speak. To get over with an audience who can be very cynical, jaded and tough to please, means that you are connecting in a very relevant way. Fans know bull when they hear it, and even though everyone knows that what they’re hearing is to further a manufactured reality, if a promo does not feel real then the fans will not buy it.
But Heyman and Punk are as believable on the mic as any Superstar/manager duo that we have ever seen in Vince McMahon’s company. So yes, I will miss the “Voice of the Voiceless” working with the “Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless.”
Try saying that really fast three times.
However, we are faced with two men who are on very shaky ground right now, as Heyman is being dumped by the man who basically owes his career to the evil genius. And as any comic book fanboy can tell you, when you cross paths with an evil genius, prepare for an elaborate trap.
They’re villains; it’s kind of their thing.
I expect no less from Paul Heyman, who is perhaps hiding behind a thin veil of insincere friendship to lure CM Punk into a false sense of security. And as he’s doing that, he is laying the groundwork for the aforementioned trap.
And that trap will likely be sprung at Money in the Bank on July 14 in Philadelphia. On that night, Punk is booked to compete in the traditional ladder match against Daniel Bryan, Christian, Kane, Randy Orton, Sheamus and Heyman’s ECW MVP, Rob Van Dam.
So what is the plan, exactly? For me, there are three obvious options.
The first is of course that Brock Lesnar, who decided to F5 Punk on the Jun 17 edition of Monday Night Raw, will unexpectedly show up at the pay-per-view. This makes perhaps the most sense, as both guys are surely headed to a match somewhere down the line, and this could be just another reason for the bout to take place sooner rather than later.
Having said that, the fact is that keeping Brock’s presence backstage on Monday Night Raw secret is one thing; keeping it hidden from fans at a pay-per-view is something else altogether. For the moment to have the maximum impact and for there to be a payoff for a few weeks of Heyman attempting to play Mr. Nice Guy to fool Punk, Brock’s second attack on Punk may need to be kept as a surprise.
The second route that Heyman could go is to either stop Punk himself or to have his newest protégé, Curtis Axel, do his dirty work for him. This theory may be the best of the bunch, as both men will already be at the event and the link between Punk and Axel is now being established on WWE programming.
And if Axel did in fact stop Punk from retrieving the Money in the Bank briefcase thus ruining his opportunity at a WWE title shot, then that could set up a feud between them. The truth is that Axel would not necessarily need to lose the feud and Punk would not really need to win; Brock could ruin the whole thing anyway and all three men would look strong because of it.
Then we lead into CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar and finally get the match that many fans have wanted to see.
Of course, there is always the possibility that the Whole F’N Show could steal the show against Punk and emerge victorious with the red briefcase. In this scenario, he actually may not even need to turn heel; Heyman would get his way and claim that RVD won the match for him.
But despite how the match goes down, I believe that Paul Heyman’s ruse of friendship with Punk could end at Money in the Bank. I think that the moment Punk severed ties with Paul that the decision was made in Heyman’s mind; CM Punk must be taught a lesson.
And that lesson will include Punk losing at WWE’s Money in the Bank. Remember; no one crosses the evil genius without there being a day of reckoning.