It would seem logical that CM Punk should win the Money in the Bank All-Star Match in Philadelphia this weekend. But what if I said to you the “Second City Saint” has other things on his mind.
Something tells me he will be caught up with Paul Heyman, Curtis Axel and some guy named Brock Lesnar.
That does not mean Punk isn’t a worthy contender for the WWE Title, but after holding the belt for 434 days, having him win the briefcase makes it look like Punk has to start over and earn his spot. If this were the case, Vince McMahon Sr. would be turning over in his grave.
Looking at the roster of wrestlers who will be in the All-Star match, you can make a case for all of them needing to “earn” their spot—with the exception of Punk. While all of the wrestlers (Sheamus, RVD, Randy Orton, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Christian and Punk) have worn title gold around their waist, but this has gotten lost in the quest for WWE supremacy.
Punk has remained true to the fact he wants the WWE Title again and his recent feud with Heyman may keep him from his prize, but not for long.
One of the great things about the Money in the Bank matches is the delivery is so great. Sometimes, winning is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Punk has a knack for making everyone look great in his matches, so it would not surprise me if Punk does something great in the match and we talk about it for days, if not months.
Call it the “Kofi Kingston” effect.
All too often, wrestling fans get caught up in the wins and losses. They want to see one side or the other. I, on the other hand, want to see the story that is created through the match. I want to see the chemistry, the battles between Punk and RVD, Kane and Undertaker, and what happens if Christian wins his “one last match.”
A ladder match is designed to create different “structural” sequences. The more Punk is involved in each sequence (although I think Bryan wins) the better it is for the PPV and the business.
Remember as well, Punk who is chasing a title is better than Punk who owns the title.
And while he does not have to win the ladder match, he has to do just enough to make fans remember not only is he the best in the world, but he is the best at creating the perfect stage for his eventual retention of the WWE Title once more.