Of all the matches on the WrestleMania card, I am looking forward to Randy Orton vs. CM Punk the most. I truly believe that this match has the potential to steal the show. I believe this for a number of reasons, for instance these two superstars have put together a compelling story over the past several weeks and they are both immensely talented. However, the primary reason why I am looking forward to this match is as follows:
I firmly believe that CM Punk will defeat Randy Orton on the “Grandest Stage of Them All” and finally become the main event staple he deserves to be.
There are numerous reasons why I believe this to be the case, and over the course of this article, I will present 10 Reasons CM Punk will top Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXVII.
The WWE are seemingly more focused on elevating new talent now than at any other time in recent memory.
However, it must be said that the WWE have been known for dropping the ball on certain talents in the past. Take MVP and Mr. Kennedy for example. These two Superstars were tipped for greatness between 2006-2008, yet the WWE failed to capitalise on their talents, and their respective flames burnt out.
Considering the fact that the depth of talent at the very top of the card is wearing thin, the WWE cannot afford to drop the ball on an amazing talent like CM Punk.
Punk needs to establish himself, and he will do this by defeating Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXVII.
Since CM Punk turned heel in 2009, everything he has touched has turned to gold. Whether he is main-eventing SummerSlam or providing commentary for WWE Superstars, he constantly performs at the highest level.
Furthermore, since December of last year, I truly believe that CM Punk has been the best all-round performer in the WWE. Simply put, CM Punk is on fire.
Considering the form he is in, there is every chance that CM Punk will walk out of the Georgia Dome victorious.
It is redundant to keep explaining how talented CM Punk is and how much potential he has. However, in the WWE, it does not matter how talented you are, if you do not have any credibility.
Despite how well he performs, CM Punk still has credibility issues, especially when compared to the likes of Randy Orton. After his tremendous feud with Jeff Hardy, Punk’s time on Smackdown was blighted by poor booking. Against The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio and Big Show he was made to look like a weak man who could not back up his preaching.
Thankfully, his move to Raw in October gave CM Punk a well-needed fresh start, and he has arguably been the top heel and as well as a major focal point of the show all year.
By beating Orton at ‘Mania, Punk can make himself a credible threat and a serious force to be reckoned with in the WWE Championship picture.
Considering that the Orton-Punk feud has been treated as the fifth most important match on the card, it arguably has the most compelling story.
Randy Orton and CM Punk are two of the greatest wrestlers in the world today, so it was inevitable that a rivalry between these two would create wrestling gold.
However, Punk’s feud last year with Rey Mysterio was also good but having Mysterio win at ‘Mania seriously devalued the rivalry and CM Punk as a threat.
Traditionally speaking, wrestling feuds work as follows:
The heel does something evil. The baby face overcomes evil and wins. Feud ends.
Granted, this is not always applicable, but this formula is true in most cases. If Orton wins, like Mysterio did last year, what is the point of the story continuing? The bad guy has been defeated on the biggest stage in wrestling, so it makes questionable sense to continue the feud, only to see the heel lose again and again (like Mysterio and Punk last year).
This feud has been great, and when Punk wins, it will have the opportunity to continue to be great heading into the summer as Orton tries to defeat CM Punk.
CM Punk in 2011 is very similar to Jericho in 2008, Orton in 2009 and The Miz in 2010. He is the hottest property in the WWE and a title run later this year is inevitable.
In order to carry off a successful reign with the WWE Championship, Punk will need to do many of the things discussed thus far. He will need to establish himself, and he will need to make himself credible.
Moreover, CM Punk will have to defeat Randy Orton.
If the WWE has any sense, they will make CM Punk WWE Champion sooner rather than later. The title indicates that you are the best in the world at what you do, and at the time of writing, CM Punk is just that.
I believe that CM Punk, despite being a multi-time champion, is still lacking that defining career moment.
Yes, he won the Money in the Bank match twice, but both times, his subsequent cashing-in failed to make Punk a fixture at the top of the card. The same goes for his triumph over Jeff Hardy in 2009. These three events failed to impact Punk’s career like they should have.
Beating Orton at ‘Mania will provide CM Punk with that defining career moment. Not only is it an achievement from a kayfabe perspective, considering Nexus are banned from ringside, but it is equally as impressive from a real-life standpoint. Orton is a political force in the WWE. It is widely accepted that the reason Ken Anderson was released from WWE was because of Orton. Furthermore, Orton is credited as the man who suggested Kofi Kingston was not ready for the push he was receiving, thus explaining his current residents in mid-card obscurity.
When Punk beats Orton, it will be a truly impressive feat that may define his career for years to come.
Does CM Punk deserve to be as prevalent on Raw as he has been all year?
Why should CM Punk be as high up on the card as he is?
Why should he be treated with as much importance as the current WWE Champion?
When compared to Alberto Del Rio, what has Punk achieved? He has been on the losing end of every feud he has been involved with since Jeff Hardy, He failed to do what he promised to do to John Cena. Why should Punk be a focal point on Raw instead of a Dolph Ziggler for example?
These are questions that will be put to rest at WrestleMania XXVII when CM Punk defeats Randy Orton and justifies his placement on the card.
Randy Orton is already a top guy in the WWE. He is in his early 30s, and he has already held World Championships on seven occasions. He does not need to win at WrestleMania.
As mentioned earlier, CM Punk does need to win.
For the sake of this feud, Punk’s career and the overall quality of WrestleMania and WWE programming, CM Punk needs to leave the Georgia Dome victorious.
WrestleMania XXVI was a solid show, but it was seriously let down by the predictability of the match outcomes. Other than Jericho beating Edge and Swagger winning the Money in the Bank match, the rest of the card was thoroughly predictable.
Considering the build for this year’s matches, the same could happen again.
This is easily avoided by throwing in a couple of upset victories, and CM Punk beating Randy Orton would be one of them. Punk is the underdog as he does not have the support of Nexus at ringside, so a win would be an upset.
The fact that a CM Punk win would largely be a surprise is another reason why I believe he will beat Randy Orton at WrestleMania.
The 10th reason why CM Punk will defeat Randy Orton at WrestleMania?
It is as simple as that.
Thank you for reading the 10 reasons why I believe CM Punk will defeat Randy Orton at WrestleMania.
Will he actually win? We will have to wait until April 3 to find out.
Please feel free to comment on my prediction for a CM Punk win as well as who you think will come out of WrestleMania XXVII victorious and why.