For the last several months, the plan has seemingly been for CM Punk to lose his WWE Title to The Rock at the 2013 Royal Rumble. The "Great One" would in turn go on to defend the gold against John Cena at WrestleMania 29 (source: F4WOnline.com via WrestlingInc.com).
While that may or may not still be the case, there is now chatter within WWE circles that CM Punk, champion or not, will be the man who participates in WrestleMania's headline match.
According to the subscribers-only section of F4WOnline.com (via WrestlingInc.com), this new development is gaining momentum:
As recently as last week, WWE creative was forwarding storylines with the idea that CM Punk will be featured in the closing match of WrestleMania 29.
There are two ways in which a match featuring Punk would be worthy of main-eventing WrestleMania 29.
The most likely scenario would involve a switch in the planned Punk-Rock and Cena-Rock matches at the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, respectively.
Thus, Cena would regain the WWE title at either Survivor Series or TLC 2012, enabling the Cena vs. Rock rematch to occur at the Royal Rumble. Then, Rock would win the belt and defend it against Punk in the main event at MetLife Stadium.
Another option that would catapult Punk to the top of the WrestleMania card would be if either Undertaker or Steve Austin decides to go toe-to-toe with the Chicago native.
Arguably, the mythology of Undertaker's undefeated streak would take precedence over a WWE championship contest between even Rock and Cena. With Paul Heyman in his corner, Punk would more than fulfill his share as a formidable antagonist to the "Phenom."
Moreover, a long shot would be Steve Austin returning to the squared circle to face his videogame nemesis, Punk, in a bout pitting the beer-swilling "Rattlesnake" against the "Straight Edge" superstar.
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