WWE Night of Champions 2011: What's Next for CM Punk?

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk wrestles Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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After possibly the biggest three-month reign of interest in the last 10 years, the WWE did what they always do to their biggest stars, they buried him on the Night of Champions PPV.

CM Punk has become the primary star besides Randy Orton and John Cena in the WWE, and the fact that the company has him feuding with one of the most powerful people in the company shows that they are acknowledging the power that he holds.

That’s why a loss at Night of Champions doesn’t make sense, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the stipulation was added that if Triple H loses, he would have to relinquish his COO position.

No matter what the stipulations were or who the fans thought was going to win, the match was one of the best pure street-fight matches I have ever seen.

Starting from the very beginning of the match, the animosity that both men displayed during the bout made it that much more believable and the match had a feeling of being closer to ECW than WWE.

While adding the "no disqualification" stipulation seemed too forced by the WWE and something they should have done after one or two standard matches, the two men genuinely put on a show that would make the most hardcore fans smile.

In a match that had me yelling at the television, it’s safe to say that Triple H and CM Punk beat the hell out of each other in one of the wildest matches since Mick Foley was causing trouble in the WWE.

For CM Punk, there was one move that he pulled off that reminded me of the star who had the same career path as Punk, and turned into one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time.

Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

With a flying elbow from the turnbuckle onto the Spanish announce table and Triple H, Punk climbed in many people’s minds as one of the most memorable stars to ever grace the WWE.

But what’s next?

This is the most complicated situation that I can remember in the last few years in the WWE, and it's mostly because the WWE wanted to get too many people involved in the main storyline.

With Johnny Ace, Miz, R-Truth and Kevin Nash all interfering with the match, not only has the personal feud between CM Punk and Triple H become less personal, but its become almost too much to bear.

Triple H and Punk could be one of the best feuds in the history of the business, and the WWE should let it blossom on its own with both men speaking their minds like they proved they are so good at.

What will likely happen is Punk being relegated back to the mid-card once the hype dies down, and John Cena and Randy Orton will be billed as the top performers.

Punk needs to fight the power by forming himself an alliance with people in power and turn the wrestling world on its ear, but what group could offer such powers?

Life isn’t worth living without the nWo, and you don’t want to live in a world where the New World Order isn’t running the show.

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