It has been many fan's dream match for quite some time now, but CM Punk was in a thick alliance with Paul Heyman on his journey in achieving the reward of being the longest WWE Champion of the past quarter-century. With Heyman as a manager, even the cult-like icon Punk did and said enough to garner heat, while slithering his way past Ryback and John Cena last fall to retain the title.
Eventually, Punk lost the title to The Rock at the Royal Rumble, failed to regain it at Elimination Chamber, and lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29.
His character was starting to become a bit stagnant, and the angle was drawn of putting him off television for a couple of months due to heartbreaking losses and having no firm direction.
This lead to a return at WWE Payback against Chris Jericho. Although this was the worst of their four-match series, the hometown crowd still salivated over every move, which was sufficient atonement for a rust-laden match.
By this time, it was obvious that CM Punk was no longer going to be a heel.
This theory came to fruition when CM Punk decided to inform Heyman that his managerial services were no longer required. With severe hesitance, Heyman obliged. However, he did continue to stick his nose in CM Punk's affairs, notably when Punk was being jumped by the Prime Time Players and Heyman sent out his client, Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel to make the save.
Punk's constant dismissal of Heyman's efforts led to his actions at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. While Punk was climbing the ladder to grab his third briefcase, Heyman turned on his "best friend" and left him bloodied in the ring with no remorse. On Raw, Heyman explained that there would not be a CM Punk without Paul Heyman.
As a result of Paul Heyman's actions, CM Punk commissioned himself to annihilate Heyman and end his career. Although this would seem like an easy task, comparing the physical nature of the two, there was someone who filled the role of Goliath in this saga.
Even before the Heyman turn, Lesnar appeared at the end of an episode of Raw, eyeing Punk. Without explanation, he F5 the former world champion, and walking away as if he was on assignment. Heyman initially denied any affiliation with that act, but post-MITB, made it apparent that Lesnar was the protector of his fate.
This leads us to now.
Brock Lesnar made another rare appearance on the latest Raw to protect Paul Heyman. In the melee, Punk received four stitches as a result of a busted chin. This, as well as the previous altercations, is a good sign that passion and intensity has been and will continue to be prominent during this feud. Heyman felt that Lesnar executed a beat down so effectively that he issued a challenge to compete against Punk at the next Raw.
Interestingly, Heyman's actions fell properly after an odd Brock Lesnar promo that ended with, "Paul, say something stupid."
CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar is official for the 25th year of SummerSlam. Overall, it is one of the best, most though-out and intricate storylines that the WWE has put together for quite some time. Paul Heyman is definitely the true all-star and catalyst of this feud, cutting top-notch promos and weaseling himself away from Punk.
The fact that the goal is to take out Heyman instead of settling some made-up difference with Lesnar is brilliant. Heyman being the ultimate goal indicates that it could very well go past SummerSlam, with Heyman acquiring more clients to be a shield between him and Punk.
This feud could go many directions. Heyman could bring in old ECW stars (especially since the new DVD is being promoted) to try to derail the purpose of Punk, and he always has Curtis Axel in his back pocket.
For wishful thinking purposes, just imagine CM Punk winning the Royal Rumble in the midst of defeating every one that Heyman puts in his path. As soon as Punk thinks the coast is clear, Heyman gets the biggest acquisition yet, leading to a match at WrestleMania—John Cena. Now that would be a true heel turn by Cena.
Kudos to the WWE for investing time in this feud, and hopefully the match at SummerSlam puts a check in the success column.
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