CM Punk: 9 Possible Feuds for Him After WWE Summerslam
CM Punk has recently set the wrestling world ablaze with a series of scorching promos that pushed the envelope and became a trending topic worldwide.
Punk documented his reasons for his impending departure and did it in his usual controversial fashion.
The subsequent angle with John Cena that saw Punk win the WWE title in front of his home fans at Money in the Bank in Chicago means wrestling fans are more excited than they have been in years.
The IWC has since exploded over Punk's return, with many saying the WWE has missed the boat on a storyline that could have run for months.
But I can completely understand the decision to bring Punk back so soon, as the WWE is approaching arguably the second-biggest pay-per-view of the year, Summerslam.
The biggest WWE event of the summer months would be the perfect setting for Cena and Punk's blockbuster rematch that is seemingly inevitable.
Here are nine possible feuds for Punk if he walks out of Summerslam as the WWE champion.
John Cena has often been criticized for his one-dimensional and formulaic wrestling style that panders to his "Superman" image.
But he was able to have a classic match at Money in the Bank 2011 with Punk, where the WWE reaffirmed the importance of a main event pay-per-view battle.
The roles were reversed in the match, and Cena even hinted at a potential heel turn by using some tactics that are usually limited to wrestling's "bad guys."
It seems inevitable Cena and Punk will clash at Summerslam to crown the undisputed WWE champion.
But Punk said in a recent interview on ESPN that he loves working with Cena, whom he feels brings out the best in him.
There is a very real possibility Punk and Cena's feud will continue past Summerslam, and the content and development of their rivalry should have the legs to take it all the way to Survivor Series.
The WWE also hinted at a potential Cena heel turn by booking him to win the title off Rey Mysterio just hours after Rey was crowned WWE champion for the first time.
This was an interesting decision from the WWE, as they could have booked Miz to become a two-time WWE champion, and then they could have had a WrestleMania rematch with Cena and Miz.
I can envision a scenario where Cena becomes Triple H's stooge determined to screw Punk out of the title. This would really cement Punk's status as an antihero, and it would be similar to Austin's rivalry with the Rock when the "Great One" was the "Corporate Champion."
It remains unclear as to whether or not Triple H will ever step in the ring again after being confirmed in his new on-air role as chairman.
While it is almost certain he will never again be an active wrestler, I doubt the "Game" has laced up his boots for the last time.
As he proved at WrestleMania, Triple H showed he can still go in the ring, producing a match many felt stole the show.
CM Punk's rebellious behavior and recent verbal attack on Triple H mean there is a ready-made feud between the two waiting to be cashed in on.
Triple H represents everything Punk despises in the corporate world of the WWE. He is the 13-time world champion who was booked to be the best based on his look and physique more than anything else.
Punk has also criticized the "King of Kings" for sleeping his way to the top in regards to his marriage with Stephanie.
This would remind fans of the feud that truly sparked the "Attitude Era," that of Steve Austin and Vince McMahon.
The only difference being that a match between Punk and Triple H would be much more eagerly anticipated as a potential classic.
Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio has possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase, but he also won a No. 1 Contenders match before Punk was reinstated.
He has a legitimate claim to a championship match, and the WWE may book him as the first briefcase holder to win the title without cashing in the contract.
This could lead to some interesting storyline ideas, particularly if he is feuding with CM Punk.
Del Rio has already tried to cash in once by order of Vince McMahon, which led to a kick to the skull from Punk.
This sows the seeds for a potential rivalry somewhere down the line, and the two have already shown that they have great in-ring chemistry.
Their triple threat match with Rey Mysterio was a terrific bout, and Punk seems to be able to bring out the best in the 2011 Royal Rumble winner.
Rey Mysterio has a guaranteed rematch clause after losing the title to John Cena just hours after winning the belt for the first time in his career.
We have already seen Mysterio versus Punk time and again, but these men are two of the best workers in the company.
They never fail to put on an exciting match, and with the added dynamic of the title, their feud could rise to new heights.
The WWE seems to have given every single main-eventer a foot to stand on in claiming a WWE title shot.
Miz was beaten by Rey Mysterio in the tournament finals to crown a WWE champion, and he was still carrying a knock from the Money in the Bank ladder match.
A feud between Punk and Miz would be verbal dynamite involving two of the best promo men in the business today.
Another of Punk's gripes with the company was the fact that he was never on any of the late-night talk shows.
The Miz has been on all these shows as part of his gimmick, "the most must-see WWE champion of all time," and represents the media-friendly opposite of Punk.
This could be food for thought if the WWE decides to pair these two in a long-term feud.
John Morrison's recent return has been much-anticipated by many wrestling fans who feel he deserves to be a WWE champion.
Morrison has an issue with R-Truth that needs to be settled before he can move on to new pastures and the WWE title scene.
Punk and Morrison once engaged in an entertaining feud for the ECW title, and Morrison's athleticism, combined with Punk's ring savvy, would make for great matches.
The only drawback to this would be Morrison's inability to hold his own on the mic compared to the greatest talker of the modern era.
After Chris Jericho completely reinvented his wrestling persona into an arrogant and narcissistic heel, he would often describe himself as the, "best in the world at what he does," and few could argue with him.
One man who could challenge this statement would be CM Punk, whose new t-shirt describes himself as the "best in the world."
The back-and-forth between Punk and Jericho would make for incredibly entertaining viewing, and they could both back it up in the ring.
There have been rumors of Jericho's return recently, and Punk would be the ideal opponent for the "third coming of Y2J."
The "Great One" was a victim of Punk's verbal tirade, and the Rock angrily replied with this tweet:
"CM Punk: it's simple business - The Rock is the main event at Wrestlemania cause it draws more money in one night, then u will in lifetime."
Dwayne has clearly taken offense to Punk's words, and he may feel the need to defend his role in the company.
CM Punk has a reason to complain about the Rock's involvement at WrestleMania 28, and while it will be a dream match between the "People's Champion" and John Cena, there are others more deserving of headlining the biggest show of the year.
The Rock has decided to combat the personal insults with an insult of his own: that Punk cannot draw money.
This could lead to a one-off match between the two, possibly at Survivor Series at which the Rock's presence has already been confirmed.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin was the original anti-hero, and his promos were known for hitting close to the mark.
Stone Cold can perhaps claim to have mastered the art of the worked shoot, and many felt the WWE was trying to recreate the magic of "Austin 3:16."
Austin and Punk have also engaged in a recent Twitter war, and although it is clear the two have a lot of respect for each other, their feud is a very obvious one to book.
Austin is the beer-swilling, foul-mouthed hell-raiser, whereas Punk is a well-known advocate of the Straight Edge lifestyle.
Their verbal confrontation on Raw was a teaser for WWE fans who would love to see this dream feud culminate at WrestleMania, alongside the Rock versus Cena.
This feud was a selling point for the WWE All-Stars video game, and it is not inconceivable that the WWE would like to bring Austin back for one more match.