Could it really just be that kind of year for WWE Superstar, CM Punk? You know, the kind of year you just want to forget about? Or is CM Punk’s rollercoaster 2013 season just a sign of WWE wanting to build up a storyline similar to what they did one year ago?
Let’s look at the year CM Punk has had so far. He lost the WWE title, after a historic 434 day reign, to The Rock at the Royal Rumble. Then lost again to The Rock in their rematch at The Elimination Chamber Pay per View. After the loss at Elimination Chamber, Punk challenged The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania 29 and lost again.
After his loss to Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, Punk announced that he would be going on hiatus from wrestling for a few months. The hiatus was short lived, as Punk returned two months later and defeated Chris Jericho at Payback in April.
Punk followed up his victory at Payback by banning his longtime manager and friend, Paul Heyman, from joining him at ringside during matches anymore leaving Heyman deeply hurt and angry by Punk. A week later during a backstage segment, Punk comforted Heyman by saying that people like Brock Lesnar and Curtis Axel needed Heyman’s services, but not Punk.
Punk’s words didn’t sit well with Heyman’s other client, Brock Lesnar, who later surprised Punk after a match and nailed The Second City Saint with a vicious F-5 that left Punk motionless as Monday Night Raw went off the air. After the attack, some fans speculated that the attack was preplanned, due to Heyman’s anger at Punk’s betrayal, but Heyman later assured Punk on Raw, that Brock Lesnar attacked Punk without his knowledge.
Paul Heyman’s anger would prove costly for Punk though, as Heyman later interfered in Punk’s ladder match at Money in the Bank. Beating Punk in the back with a ladder several times as he stood fingertips away from retrieving The Money in the Bank Briefcase, Heyman’s relentless shots with the ladder, caused Punk to crash back down to the ring, and ultimately lose his chance at becoming WWE Champion again.
The betrayal didn’t sit well with Punk, who ordered Heyman to give Punk an explanation for his actions at the Money In The Bank Pay Per View. Heyman surprised Punk by coming to the ring with Brock Lesnar by his side. After
a few words were exchanged between Heyman and Punk, Lesnar attacked Punk, eventually hitting him with an F-5 onto the announce table.
The feud climaxed with a match between Lesnar and Punk at Summerslam, where despite many comebacks by Punk, Lesnar, with help from Paul Heyman, finally hit Punk with an F-5 onto a chair and got the three count forthe victory.
Following the loss at Summerslam, Punk vowed revenge on Heyman for his continued interference in his matches, and began feuding with Heymans
other prodigy, Curtis Axel. The feud culminated when Raw General Manager, Brad Maddox, announced a Tag Team Elimination Match at Night of Champions. The match came with the added stipulation that Heyman would have to step in the ring with CM Punk if Curtis Axel is eliminated.
At Night of Champions, Punk was able to force Axel to tap out to
the anaconda vice, forcing Heyman to step in the ring with Punk. Punk took great joy in dismantling his former manager and friend, as he beat him with any object he could get his hands on.
The seemingly assured victory was short lived however, as Ryback
came out of nowhere to aid Paul Heyman in his time of need. The beast then
quickly speared Punk through a table, before picking up a lifeless Paul Heyman
and dropping him on top of Punk for the victory.
I know it’s hard to believe, but if you look at all of CM Punk’ pay per view matches this year. He is 1-6 in pay per view bouts. Even worse than that, it seems he will be going 1-7 if he jobs for Ryback during their storyline in the coming months
I know all CM Punk fans must be a little disappointed in Punk’s performance this calendar year, but there may be a silver lining to all this jobbing Punk has been doing this these past few months. If we look back at 2012, ten time WWE Champion, John Cena, was having a particularly hard time in the WWE as well.
Cena lost to The Rock at WrestleMania 28 in Miami Florida, then got attacked by Brock Lesnar the following night on Raw. The attack would ultimately lead to match at Extreme Rules, which Cena would win. Cena then lost to John Laurinitals at Over The Limit, with help from a timely interference by The Big show, and was forced to fight for his job in a steel cage match against The Big Show at No Way out, in which Cena again came out victorious.
With his feud with Laurinitus and Big Show over, Cena was able to
win the briefcase for the WWE title at Money in The Bank, battling Kane, Big
Show, Miz and Chris Jericho to win the coveted briefcase. John Cena cashed in
his briefcase at Raw 1000 in July, only to lose by disqualification to CM Punk
after Big Show interfered in the match.
Big Show’s attack on Cena continued, until The Rock finally ran down to make the save on Cena’s behalf. Cena then battled CM Punk and Big Show in a triple Threat Match at SummerSlam. Despite Cena’s great efforts, he would once again come up short to CM Punk. Cena got a second chance for the WWE title at Night of Champions, where the match was ruled a draw, and the title was once again retained by Punk.
After an arm injury sidelined Cena at Hell in a Cell, Cena made his return at Survivor series in a Triple Threat Match against CM Punk, and Ryback. Again, despite many opportunities for Cena to win the title during the bout, the match would be ruled a draw after The Shield attacked Ryback in their WWE debut.
Cena then faced Punk again at the Vengeance Pay Per view, only to lose again to Punk, this time by pin fall. Cena’s biggest downfall however, came at WWE TLC, where Cena looked poised to capture Dolph Ziggler’s coveted Money in The Bank briefcase, before he was betrayed by AJ Lee, who knocked him off the ladder, allowing Ziggler to win the match.
Looking over those stats of John Cena, you will notice he also spent the year jobbing for young and upcoming talent in the WWE. In fact, Cena didn’t only have a record of 3-7 in pay per view matches in 2012, but also never held the WWE title in 2012 either.
But all that changed at the 2013 Royal Rumble, when John Cena defied the odds once again and won the 30 many bout by eliminating Ryback in the closing stages of the match. John Cena then went on to battle The Rock at WrestleMania 29, and recapture the title that eluded him for all of 2012.
With the year that CM Punk has endured, one can only hope this will be the case for him as well in 2014. Signs look particularly promising that this will happen, especially with a feud with Ryback on the horizon to help Punk gain momentum for the Royal rumble in January.
With Punk’s 2013 being very similar to Cena’’s 2012, a logical guess would be that the WWE will be repeating the redemption storyline, starting at the Royal Rumble. From there, it is literally anyone’s guess who will have the honor of facing Punk at WrestleMania 30, or even what kind of storyline they build the match around.
My hope is that the storyline will be CM Punk joining the babyfaces of the WWE and fighting the corporation, along with their many goons. It would be interesting to see if the WWE decides to revive his old 2011 role as the voice of the voiceless for the new storyline, but with Punk’s excellence on the microphone, and his ability to have great matches no matter the situation or opponent, it seems like the WWE could put him in any storyline and it would work perfectly.
The only real problem I see with raising Punk back to the main event card, is what will happen to Daniel Bryan then? Will the WWE just kill off his momentum and stick him back in the mid-card or filler matches, or could the WWE find a way to stick Bryan into Punk’s storyline as well? Maybe a triple threat, or even fatal four way match for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 30.
I know the possibility of this happening is looking very slim at the moment. Especially with the newly formed storyline between CM Punk and Ryback set to culminate at WWE, Battleground next month, but instead of looking at his feud with Ryback as just another storyline in the never ending soap opera of the WWE, look at it as just the thing Punk needs to get him over and give him the push to win the Royal Rumble. Hey, stranger things have happened!