Quite frankly this is the best feud I have seen since Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels in 2008, and it has all come about in just four weeks.
CM Punk has single-handedly made this match the most important match this year, and, really, I cannot fault the build-up, which is rare in any wrestling feud.
Punk cut one of the most memorable shoot promos ever on Raw three weeks ago, and when he returned this past week he stole the show yet again in an epic segment with Vince McMahon.
Has Punk re-signed with WWE or is he leaving? That is the the big question right now, and the answer, in my opinion, will determine the outcome of this match.
After having Vince so intently involved in this feud, there is literally no chance in hell of his not getting involved somehow come Sunday.
This in a way reminds me of WrestleMania X-Seven, in which the main event was Rock vs. Austin for the title.
Both men hated McMahon (or at least we thought they did), but he got involved in the match and shocked the world by forming an alliance with Austin to close what many believe to be the best PPV in history.
This won't be exactly the same, but it could be similar.
If CM Punk is leaving WWE, then really it makes little sense to give him the belt.
But it also wouldn't make sense to have Punk lose clean either because people are expecting controversy in the match.
So basically, if Punk is leaving WWE, I see a play on the Montreal screwjob.
I hope the WWE won't make it identical to the original, because that would suck, and I also don't think Vince is forming any sort of alliance with Cena.
So somehow he will cost Punk the match, which of course will lead to a Vince vs. Cena feud because Cena would argue that he didn't need help and that Punk was cheated out of the title.
Also, that sets the scene perfectly for Punk, should he return to the WWE later on.
However, if Punk has signed a contract with WWE and plans on not taking a break, then it will go down differently.
If this were the case, I see McMahon and Punk screwing Cena out of the title as an alliance. Cena is then "fired" and can go home for a couple of months to rehab the minor injuries he is said to be suffering from.
This to me would be the best result on Sunday, because it means Punk is staying with the WWE but also that he is remaining as a heel.
Punk and Vince could say that it was a plan all along to get Cena out of the WWE, and they can take over and run riot over Raw.
Of course Punk would get his own WWE title belt, finally ridding us of that hideous thing we have had to put up with for the past six years.
So then, do I think Punk has re-signed, or do I think he is gone?
I believe it is the former because I just cannot see why McMahon would let Punk have the freedom he has had if Punk were never coming back to WWE. If anything, Vince would've buried Punk on his way out.
Maybe Punk will lose clean to Cena. But if he does, it would completely suck, and I wouldn't want to be a security guard in that building in Chicago.
However, it is also possible that Punk has re-signed but will have a break after this PPV.
Indeed, in his revealing interview with GQ.com, Punk says, "I don't have anything to do for three months."
Now, to me that is a rather precise statement. This leads me to believe that there are two things that might be happening: Punk has signed a contract with WWE, but has a break after the PPV, or Punk is simply saying this stuff to build the PPV, and it may not be true.
So that brings in another possibility: Punk will walk out with the title only to come back at a later date.
I also see Punk remaining as a heel no matter what, not only because the role suits him so well, but because in the same interview Punk said that when the WWE are on tour there is a "heel bus" and a "face bus," and that he would never set foot on the face bus.
Given that the event is being held in Chicago, the WWE would be foolish to have Punk lose, so, weighing it all up, I go with Punk winning the title.
What happens after that is anyone's guess, but that is what makes for great television!
Winner: CM Punk (New Champion)
Projected Rating: ****