The focus of WWE’s WrestleMania XXVII appears to be on one match: the current face of WWE, John Cena, vs. the past face of WWE, The Rock. Wrestler CM Punk, however, thinks the hype should be in his corner.
The Cena vs.The Rock clash has created so much hype that NBC will broadcast it live Saturday (Aug. 20) night. No other match will be able to rival it—much like Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock in 2002, and Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in 2010. These types of tilts eclipse all the others on the card, even though now with the rise in popularity of CM Punk I can’t imagine his match being overshadowed by the “dream match” of The Rock vs. John Cena.
In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, CM Punk stated, “The biggest match any wrestling company can do right now is CM Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin.” He went on to say why he thought this would be the ideal match for WWE: “I'm straight edge. I don't drink. I don't do drugs. I don't smoke. And that is the perfect protagonist or antagonist to Stone Cold Steve Austin, depending on how you want to spin it. It writes itself. You would have to try really, really hard to f*** that one up.”
CM Punk clearly wants Stone Cold’s comeback match to be against him, and what better occasion to do it than at WrestleMania XXVII. This would also mean that Punk would get a big main-event match worthy of his present reputation. I can’t imagine many WWE fans would be happy to watch him flounder in a pointless WrestleMania match like the last one against Randy Orton.
In another interview with SEScoops, Austin stated, “Punk is the hottest, freshest thing going today in the wrestling business.” Adding, “If I were to have one last tango, doing it with CM Punk would be the way to go." This kind of talk may add gas to the Punk vs. Austin card, which would be bigger than The Rock vs. Cena matchup.
Punk is deserving of a big main-event match and the fans seem more invested in him than in John Cena at the moment. I don’t think WWE would put Punk in a match with The Undertaker. To be honest, I have no idea who will face The Undertaker in his final WrestleMania match. It is likely that it will be Triple H, but who knows which way WWE will go.
Hopefully, WWE will make the right decision and put CM Punk in a match worthy of his caliber, and ride the wave of his popularity.