This article contains spoilers regarding next week's RAW, which was taped after the live RAW today.
Last night on RAW, we witnessed one of the greatest shoot promos in wrestling history. Only it wasn't a shoot, it was a work.
This was disputed all morning by the IWC, with some proclaiming it to be an early end to CM Punk's career, and others considering it to be all part of the plan.
Next week's RAW was taped last night, with Vince McMahon appearing on the show. Vince emphasizes Punk's suspension, and says he will not face John Cena at Money in the Bank, as he can't risk Punk taking the WWE championship to another company.
Cena threatens to quit if he can't face Punk, forcing McMahon to reinstate Punk, allowing the match at MITB to occur. He does, however, set the stipulation that if Cena loses, he is fired.
Let me simplify that; McMahon can't risk Punk winning and taking the title to another company. This is very reminiscent of the Montreal Screwjob, a real-life incident that has been replicated through storylines multiple times in the past.
Add the stipulation that if Cena loses, he's fired, and the Chicago Screwjob (as it is has been dubbed by others) becomes a reality.
I'll take it one further: The Chicago Screwjob will directly affect the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII.
Let me lay it out step by step.
Money in the Bank. The main event; John Cena vs. CM Punk for the WWE championship. With Mr. McMahon insistent that CM Punk not win the title, he would be looking to do whatever it takes to make him lose (i.e. Bret Hart). Vince will also not want Cena to lose and get fired.
This creates a situation in which neither Cena nor McMahon can leave it to chance, perfectly setting up a Screwjob scenario. Hence, with Cena and McMahon in cahoots, Punk will be screwed over in Chicago.
Whats the significance of this? Well, despite CM Punk being a heel, with MITB taking place in Chicago, Punk will be cheered, and in all likelihood, Cena will be booed. This is due to it being Punk's farewell from the company.
A Screwjob in Punk's hometown would place major heat on both McMahon and Cena. You know what I'm getting at.
John Cena will turn heel.
Cena's fan base is already split between those who love him, and those who hate him. The Screwjob will set the pro-Cena contingent over the edge, as they will be shocked as to Cena's alignment with Mr. McMahon, a character that can, and will, once again become the heel everyone hates.
While this may seem like a bad way to send Punk out, it is actually perfect. Punk's exit will leave another man, who was becoming stale in his face persona, on top. His departure will also bring us one of the best heel turns in history, or at least, the most anticipated.
How does this affect WrestleMania? If John Cena is a face next year, he will be booed in favor of the returning Great One, The Rock. There is no doubt about it, The Rock is one of the most popular wrestlers in history, and in his hometown, he won't be booed.
A John Cena heel turn would prevent the recurrence of the scenario in which the top star is booed in favor of the returning hero (see: Rock vs. Hogan, WM 18).
Also, in terms of build, it would ensure the legendary match has a proper face vs. heel build up. This would rule out the face vs. face build up, which I fear they will use, where there is no hatred in the rivalry, only an acknowledgment that it is a big-time match.
This is how I see the events of the recent RAWs affecting Money in the Bank, John Cena's highly anticipated and inevitable heel turn, and the main event of WrestleMania 28.
It's a bold prediction, and regardless of whether or not it stands true, Money in the Bank will be an unbelievable show, sending off CM Punk in style.
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