WWE TLC 2011 Predictions: Why CM Punk's Career Depends on This PPV

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 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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CM Punk has become one of the biggest stars in the WWE over the last few months, but his career all comes down to this 2011 TLC pay-per-view.

With no John Cena on this card, that leaves CM Punk as the main event and the draw for this show. If CM Punk wants to continue his reign over the WWE, the company has to see a serious return from the TLC PPV with his name on it.

It’s all about the money.

The WWE has shown confidence in CM Punk over the years, giving him several different runs with the World Championship and portraying him as one of the new faces in the WWE.

While Punk had the opportunities, it wasn’t until the epic shoot promo before Money in the Bank that his character caught on with the fans. Since that moment and the subsequent departure with the WWE title, Punk has been the anti-hero that everyone wants to be a part of.

Vince McMahon sees the potential in Punk’s overness with the crowd because of merchandise sales, but he wants to see it translate to PPV sales. If this TLC PPV takes off the way it should, the WWE will view CM Punk at the same level as John Cena.

It may look like the WWE is stacking the deck against Punk by not including Cena on the card, but it’s quite the opposite. With no Cena at all, there is no question that CM Punk is the main attraction. The WWE doesn’t expect TLC to be a huge show, but if it can draw better than last year’s TLC PPV, the WWE Brass will be happy.

The truth is that besides the exclusion of Cena, this is one of the best cards of 2011. While some may disagree, I have the same feeling about this PPV as I did about Money in the Bank earlier this year, and that turned into the greatest show WWE had this year and one of the best in the last 10 years.

With all of that said, the table is set for CM Punk to put the WWE on his back. If he fails, his push will be short lived and he will be relegated to the mid card again.

If Punk succeeds and TLC is an amazing PPV, we may be looking at the new John Cena.


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