CM Punk held the WWE Championship for 434 days: the longest title reign in the past 25 years. However, after dropping his belt to The Rock at Royal Rumble in January to set up WWE's "Rock vs. Cena" storyline, CM Punk is in need of a new direction.
After years of relying on his "Straight Edge" lifestyle for his in-character motivation, CM Punk began getting his recent push after establishing himself as the clever and outspoken leader of New Nexus, ousting former leader Wade Barrett. But CM Punk truly gained attention after his famous "pipe-bomb" promo. New Nexus gave him a microphone, and CM Punk made history. He won the title from John Cena and left the WWE when his contract expired the same day, but returned with more determination and a new focus. The WWE gave him a new shirt, a new intro, a new slogan, and an anti-hero was born.
But where does a performer like CM Punk go from here? He's dropped the anti-hero gimmick for the snotty, respect-demanding, Paul Heyman-following heel character, which has lead to more mediocre promos and storylines, and now he has no belt around his waist. He was given one more chance at a Wrestlemania title match on Monday Night Raw, wrestling John Cena for the ability to face The Rock one more time. What happened was a hell of a match, with both competitors reaching into their playbooks for moves I've never seen them perform before. In the end, CM Punk landed an impressive piledriver only to walk into, what I can only assume to be, the only hurricanrana John Cena has ever performed.
Greatness aside, CM Punk is still left without a Wrestlemania match on a card that quickly filling up with Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto del Rio and many more Superstars. I highly doubt that WWE will take CM Punk, a man who has gone out and performed as WWE Champion for 434 days, and leave him out in the cold. But if he isn't to face John Cena, The Rock, or one of the other greats lining up for matches, who will he face? I can only hope that the answer to that question is what I've been hoping it would be since I realized which other Legend doesn't yet have a Wrestlemania match: The Undertaker.
Cm Punk vs Undertaker would be a dynamic and exciting match, and the crowning achievement for a performer who rose through the ranks and changed the landscape of the WWE with a single promo. I hope they make this match official this coming Monday, and I hope beyond hope that they let CM Punk win.