With WrestleMania only seven days away, one of Raw's hottest rivalries has finally come to a head. While both of these men have many similarities, there are plenty of aspects that are different. Regardless of personal taste, this should be an intriguing match. So let us bleachers take a look at 10 things that all of us need to know about the match between Randy Orton and CM Punk.
The movesets of Randy Orton and CM Punk are as different as can be. Punk is a technical wrestler with the capabilities to be a bit of a high flier. Randy Orton enjoys slowing down the pace and brawling. Orton also has the advantage in that he can hit his finishing move out of nowhere and in any situation, whereas Punk's GTS takes a good amount of time to set up. However, Punk has the advantage of a submission arsenal. If Punk can get his feet and kicks going, expect him to win.
Boy do I mean huge. Punk has been at that cusp of WWE Upper Mid Carder and main-eventer for years. Punk is only 30 years old and could wrestle for 10 more years. A win here for him could mean multiple WWE Championships in his career. However, a loss could relegate him to being merely a man who can wrestle a good match but won't be a main-eventer.
Back at Unforgiven 2008, CM Punk was doing a pre-match interview on his thoughts before the Championship Scramble Match. Orton came and distracted him, only for Legacy to interfere and attack him. Orton then came to kick Punk in the head. Now, however, the roles are reversed. Punk is the heel with the minions on his side, and Orton is the face with long odds against him.
CM Punk has become an ultimate opportunist. He is famous for picking his spots, having won two consecutive Money In The Bank matches and cashing in his briefcase successfully both times. He has beaten the Undertaker, John Cena, Jeff Hardy and others. If there is a spot in the match that Punk can take an advantage, he will.
And why shouldn't he? Punk attacked him, made it sound like he would attack his wife and then blew her a kiss. That doesn't sound sound like ANYTHING Randy Orton would do... right guys? Oh yeah. Turnabout is fair play. Anyway, expect Orton to get revenge.
Week after week, Randy Orton has beaten one member of Nexus and kicked them in the skull. He has proven his dominance by making this into a one-on-one match. Which means...
Randy Orton's stipulation was he had to beat each member of Nexus in order to face Punk alone at WrestleMania. If he had lost to just one, they would have been in Punk's corner at WrestleMania. But, Punk is the heel. So...
Every year this happens. At WrestleMania 23, Shane McMahon got involved while the referee was down. At WrestleMania 24, La Familia interfered while the referee was down. Every time a faction is involved, the referee inexplicably goes down, allowing anyone and everyone to go down. So, sometime during the match Orton will be outnumbered.
It has been a year and a half since CM Punk held a world championship, and he hasn't come close since these two men are two of the biggest stars on Monday Night Raw. Expect whoever wins to receive the No. 1 contendership to the WWE Championship.
Has anyone else noticed this? If Orton punts Punk, RKOs him, beats him or leaves Raw with an advantage, he will lose. If Punk has the advantage he will lose. It happens every time. Whoever is on the winning side on the go-home show loses.