As much as I want to see CM Punk win the WWE Championship in his hometown, I can't see it happening. I hate to say it, but that's just how I feel.
Every time John Cena is involved in a feud that has many of us unsure as to who to pick for the win, Cena always ends up as the one who leaves with the championship. That's just what Cena does. It's those victories that have established him as the man the WWE Universe can rely on to get the job done.
There will be huge heat from the Chicago crowd on Cena, something that won't faze Cena in the slightest.
Not only that, but I don't see the WWE booking Punk to win in his final match with the company after everything he has put them through since this feud began. That would make them look weak, like Vince McMahon has looked weak in recent weeks. That's the kind of reputation the WWE doesn't want or need.
Sadly, I feel a cash-in no matter who wins. Here's why.
If Cena wins, the crowd is simply going to riot. To send them off happy, the RAW Money in the Bank winner will cash in, taking the title off Cena and sending the crowd home relatively happy. It doesn't matter whether the briefcase holder is a heel or face—they're going to be cheered by the Chicago crowd.
If Punk wins, there won't be a single person in the arena who won't cheer. There may be the odd Cena mark, but whatever. Now the WWE won't just let Punk walk out with the title, so the RAW Money in the Bank winner will cash in to take the title. In this case, no matter whether they're face or heel, they will be booed. This would mean the crowd will be sent off in a bad mood, but it'd be a better mood than if Cena walked out with the belt.
My fingers are crossed that something amazing happens that really tops off this feud, but it's hard to trust the WWE. Whenever there has been a feud, a match or something else we've all been very excited for and pitching endless ideas at how it could be booked, it almost always disappoints.
I really hope that doesn't happen, but it's tough for me to see otherwise. Nonetheless, the Golden Boy will retain his championship.