Okay, the Royal Rumble is tonight. There are a few thoughts that I have leading into the PPV tonight. One is that The Rock vs CM Punk should be the match to close the show. But of course, the big question that everyone else is wondering about is whether or not The Rock is going to beat CM Punk and win the belt. I don’t think it’s a matter of whether or not The Rock should win. It’s a matter of The Rock HAS to win tonight.
Yeah, I know. I know CM Punk has been champion for over 400 days and climbing. It’s an accomplishment to say the least, but the fact is that having a champion hold a belt for so long is one thing, but keeping people entertained during his title reign is another. No champion is any good at that without competition. Looking back at Punk’s reign as champion, he hasn’t had a whole of that going around. He beat Alberto Del Rio to win the belt. He defended it against Del Rio again and The Miz the next month. Then he Dolph Ziggler at the Royal Rumble and a bunch of filler guys for the Elimination Chamber before taking on Chris Jericho in back to back months, then Daniel Bryan and then Daniel Bryan and Kane and then John Cena and Big Show before facing John Cena again and then Ryback before facing against Cena and Ryback and then Ryback again on Raw. So if you look at it, in that 400+ days that CM Punk has been WWE Champion, he’s only defended the belt against 9 guys with a good chunk of them he faced off against in multiple months.
The other problem with Punk’s reign as champion and why The Rock must win tonight is the fact that his countdown that he keeps doing is getting old. In fact, it’s getting rather stale and as pointed out in the last article, you keep going with this for so long, you’re gonna get to the point that when the guy does lose the belt, what do you do with him? Besides, the way that the WWE is with the Part-Time guys, are they really gonna have The Rock lose? Yeah I know that they had Brock Lesnar lose in his match with John Cena but that’s different. The Rock didn’t leave the WWE high and dry like Lesnar did and unlike Brock Lesnar, The Rock actually does love the business which is the least I can say for Brock.
I know that CM Punk has talent and can find a way to manage without the title and he did give us one whole year without John Cena winning the gold like her normally does. But every champion loses the belt at some point. CM Punk is no different because as many times as either Hulk Hogan or John Cena held a world title, they eventually had to drop it to somebody else. CM Punk losing the belt tonight is more salvageable than if The Rock were to lose tonight. If The Rock actually loses tonight, then what do you do with him from there? If he’s supposed to be sticking around at least until after Wrestlemania, then what are you going to do with him for all the time leading up to the PPV? Yeah, you could have The Rock win at some point between now and Mania, but it’s little thing called Simplicity. Don’t complicate things WWE and just keep them simple. Do the right thing and actually let The Rock win the match because this is a match that could very easily be a classic match and definitely be in the Top 5 of the best WWE matches of 2013. Don’t risk tarnishing that by having a screw-job finish or some other means that would leave CM Punk still to bore the hell out of the rest of us with his “Counting Down to Who Gives a Rat’s Ass How Long You’ve Been Champion For.”
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