Found November 26, 2012 on
WNZ - WrestleNewz.com:
Now that CM Punk’s reign as WWE Champion has reached the one-year milestone, surpassing even Hulk Hogan’s legendary run, it’s time for WWE to figure out exactly how the dynasty will crumble.
The timing and circumstances of Punk’s inevitable downfall are of tremendous importance for the WWE, and the ripple effects will shape the foreseeable future of the company.
So when should the streak come to an end? On its 434th day, that’s when. And here’s why.
For far too long, the WWE championship bounced from one titleholder to the next with dizzying frequency, devaluing its importance. Championship matches were no longer main-event material, but instead shunted down to the mid-card or beyond.
But Punk’s ascension as a true champion – one who values the title above all else, and will do anything to defend it – has brought a sense of credibility and value back to the championship. He has restored the belt’s former status as the Holy Grail every wrestler strives to obtain.
One wrestler who has clearly stated his intention to reclaim the championship is The Rock. Given his winning effort against John Cena at the last WrestleMania, a championship run for The Rock doesn’t seem out of the question.
At the 1,000th episode of Raw last July, The Rock boldly proclaimed that he would challenge the reigning champion for the title at the next Royal Rumble.
That reigning champion should be CM Punk, who will then be enjoying his 434th day with the gold.
A loss to the Rock at the Rumble would mean several things for Punk. First, it would mean that the conniving heel finally gets what’s coming to him, which must happen sooner or later according to the gospel of wrestling. Second, it would give him a perfect adversary for verbal sparring, since few men in wrestling history are as razor-tongued on the mic as these Punk and Rock.
Most important, though, it would put Punk on a laser-guided trajectory toward a main event rematch against The Rock at WrestleMania – a headlining spot Punk clearly deserves (and has complained about not reaching in the past).
A stellar performance at WrestleMania 29 could shift the affections of the fans (as it did when the Rock and Hogan had a role-reversal during their WrestleMania 28 match), and establish Punk as the unlikely favorite. Since Rock will likely vanish back to Hollywood after WrestleMania, Punk would be the hero who ensures the championship belongs to a fighting champion.
And the best part: the entire scenario would put the kibosh on a Rock-Cena rematch. “Once in a Lifetime” was probably enough.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
-- John Cena posted the following "apology" on Twitter after he kissed AJ Lee following his win over Dolph Ziggler on Raw:
Many mixed opinions of a kiss last night. My apologies, my emotions got the best of me and 1moment overshadowed a gr8 match. Never again
@WWE my focus is where it should be @HEELZiggler and then the WWE championship. I will do my best to keep...
WWE officials reportedly have been lobbying for AJ Lee and John Cena vs. Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler, but Tamina might be a substitute for Vickie. With her introduction and attacks on AJ Lee, she will likely fill in and Vickie will manage the duo.
There are discussions to have the match take place at WWE TLC, but many fear that this will not draw big interest for a PPV caliber...
-- Mick Foley tweeted earlier this week that he won't be wrestling CM Punk because he can't and that the rumors about his return are false. There has been talk about a Foley vs. Punk match, but the belief now is that Foley isn't physically able to wrestle a full match anymore and that he has likely wrestled his final WWE match.
-- John Cena kept up his storyline-driven...
Embedded below are several video highlights from the November 26th episode of WWE Raw.
Ryback vs. Titus O’Neil
The Great Khali vs. Alberto Del Rio
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins exclusive interview
Alicia Fox vs. Tamina
The results of the night’s RAWactive vote are revealed
John Cena and Dolph Ziggler trade heated words
Rey Mysterio vs. Daniel Bryan
- WWE is advertising the following matches for WWE RAW in Philadelphia on December 17th, the night after TLC:
* CM Punk vs. Ryback
* John Cena and Sheamus vs. The Big Show and Dolph Ziggler
- CM Punk tweeted a message on afternoon indicating that he might be injured. Knowing his tweet would get websites like this one buzzing.
"I am getting X-rays. Thought you should know...
John Cena Comments on Kissing AJ, Slater & McIntyre at NXT, Kelly Kelly Note
- 3MB members Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre will be appearing at this Friday’s NXT live event at Largo Minnreg Hall in Largo, Florida.
- Former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly posted a photo the following photo from a recent photoshoot on her Twitter account:
Another pic from new...
-- WWE will hold a SmackDown live event in Louisville, Kentucky, at KFC Yum! Center on Friday, February 10th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
-- The first downloadable characters for the WWE '13 videogame will be released on December 4th.
-- John Cena and Sheamus vs. The Big Show and Dolph Ziggler, as well as CM Punk vs. Ryback...
- Rosa Mendes followed up her RAW storyline with Alberto Del Rio last night with this tweet:
“Tonight on #Raw #Butterflies #Goosebumps”
- Meanwhile, AJ Lee commented on John Cena after their storyline progressed last night:
“Yeah. @JohnCena can see me.”
- Wrestling stars appearing at the Wizard World Comic-Con in New Orleans this coming weekend include WWE Champion CM Punk...
- WWE taped the following matches last night in Bossier City, Louisiana to air on this Friday’s SmackDown:* Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena* David Otunga vs. The Great Khali* Kofi Kingston, Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young* Damien Sandow vs. Tyson Kidd* The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal* Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
- WWE taped the following matches tonight in Bossier City, Louisiana to air on this Friday’s SmackDown:
* Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena
* David Otunga vs. The Great Khali
* Kofi Kingston, Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young
* Damien Sandow vs. Tyson Kidd
* The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
* Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
- Jim Ross had props for Wade Barrett after he did commentary during Kofi Kingston’s match on RAW. JR tweeted:
“England’s @WadeBarrett stood out on commentary tonight on #RAW. Stellar..he gets it. Push comfort zone boys aside & go to the top. #WWE”
- We noted before that WWE is building towards a mixed tag match with John Cena and AJ Lee vs. Dolph Ziggler and either Vickie...
I wrote the Raw Deal live on Monday night this week. Enjoy.Live from Lafayette, Louisiana this is the Raw Deal for episode #1018. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport.The voiceover guy told us about what we can expect on Raw tonight. It focused on the Cena/Ziggler rivalry stemming from last week as well as Smackdown when Cena applied the STF to Ziggler. There was also a clip of the end...
- Tonight’s WWE RAW takes place from the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. Confirmed for tonight is an exclusive interview with Michael Cole speaking to Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. CM Punk vs. Ryback is being advertised locally.
WWE is focusing on the following points for tonight’s show:
* What answers will Cole uncover when he interviews Reigns, Ambrose and...
- WWE has a new poll up asking fans if they believe Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are really there to stop injustice and right wrongs in WWE. As of this writing, 41% have voted “Yes. I believe they stand for honor.” and 59% have voted “No. They have malevolent intentions.”
- With Ryback vs. CM Punk being a TLC Match and Sheamus vs. Big Show being a Chairs Match...