WWE: CM Punk, Kevin Nash and the Curious Case of the Failed Storyline

Iddy IgweContributor IIISeptember 13, 2011

Things could have been much different than this...
Things could have been much different than this...

Ask anyone who the hottest superstar in WWE is right now, and nine times out of 10 the response will be "The Second City Saint" CM Punk.

Since July, after Punk’s own “3:16” promo, every closing segment or PPV main event has focused on Mr. Phil Brooks. The IWC were thrilled, wrestling became relevant and Punk was openly feuding with Triple H and Kevin Nash, legends in the business.

So why is it, heading into Night of Champions with an epic match between Hunter and Punk, that I have lost all the excitement I had in July?

I have to wonder if the creative team really had any idea where this storyline was heading to. Was it going to conclude with Punk as champ? Or is the conclusion coming this Sunday when Triple H steps down as COO of the WWE? Honestly I have no idea, and I’m sure they don't know either.

They simply rode on the energy sparked by Punk’s now infamous promos with Cena, Vince McMahon and Triple H. Now, while that’s all well and good, they missed out on key moments to end the storyline and then either build up Punk as a credible champ, or create a new slew of stories.

Now let’s say that Punk actually stayed away from the WWE for three months or so, emphasizing the fact that he truly has left the company with the  WWE title. Raw could still commission a new title, have their tournament (which Cena would win), followed by Del Rio cashing in the Money in the Bank case

This could be followed by a Cena/Del Rio feud that could have run from SummerSlam to Hell in a Cell or Vengeance.

Now, if WWE went this way, Punk could take time off to heal and sell of his victory/exit from the WWE, Del Rio could be booked to look a credible champion by beating Cena at two consecutive PPV's, before Cena eventually regains the title.

Punk could have returned and a title unification match could have happened at Survivor Series, with possible interruption from the Rock. From there we can have a feud between the three leading up to the new year as each proclaims themselves "the best in the world."

Now as you can see, here is a structured storyline that runs well past Night of Champions, with focus on one large storyline and giving room for the likes of Air Boom, Ziggler and Miz/Truth to share some limelight.

Another route would be to not change a thing at all, and have Kevin Nash ambush Punk. The whole chain of events witnessed on Raw could happen exactly as they did, except for the firing of Nash.

Let Triple H lose at Night of Champions, forcing him to vacate his position as COO of the WWE. The night after, Nash announces that he sent the text to himself to beat on Punk, leaving HHH powerless to do anything.

Nash can bring in new blood from FCW, for instance, or he can assemble his own group (ala NWO) such as Miz, Truth and Swagger, who he feels deserve a title shot. This all leads to a traditional team elimination match at Survivor Series where the storyline can end.

Each of these two storylines presents an exciting and enticing feud, thoughtfully laid out and also surprising. Each one has a natural conclusion, and the length of these feuds seem logical.

The crazy thing is—there are so many more routes to go with this! The inclusion of Kevin Nash into the current storyline was pointless, having stayed less than a month and providing nothing but promos that were less than memorable. And don’t even get me started on John Laurinitis.

This is simply a Triple H/CM Punk feud that no one wanted, as the reasons for their anger feels forced—especially as the same things ("I don’t like you, I deserve this, not a heavyweight") are repeated every single Raw.

WWE had a great chance to finally start a storyline and end it on a bang, yet the creative team is lazy at best, and riding a wave of excitement is not creative.

Without thinking of a way to realistically branch out the story, we have now ended up with a COO who seems not to listen to the fans, a legend who has been fired after reaching his full potential and a star whose light seems to be fading.

The thing about riding a wave is that the ride has to end sometime. That time seems to be now. Shame it didn't end on a high note.


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