Only 19 days remain in 2012 (or nine days left in existence, if you're into the Mayan calendar stuff) and after this Sunday's TLC event, the Road to Wrestlemania will just about be at our feet.
All signs point to CM Punk defending his WWE Championship against The Rock at next month's Royal Rumble, where many people believe The Great One will end what would be Punk's 434-day reign as champion.
Never content with the status quo, members of the Internet Wrestling Community have begun claiming Punk is a "transitional champion," that he is only holding the belt until The Rock returns in January.
The Idea of CM Punk as a Transitional Champion Is Insane
If Punk does, indeed, drop the title in Phoenix next month, the 434 days he would have spent as champion would, on its own, be longer than the collective reigns of 32 former WWE Champions. Nobody has held the title as long as Punk has since Hulk Hogan held it for four years, from 1984-1988.
It is nothing short of absurd to label CM Punk as a transitional champion. There were countless opportunities to put the gold on someone else.
Since winning the title at Survivor Series last year, Punk retained the WWE Championship in four Triple Threat Matches and an Elimination Chamber match. In any one of those matches, Punk could have dropped the gold without taking the fall.
John Cena, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio were involved in a combined 16 of Punk's title defenses, yet Punk retained every time. All but one of those men are former world champions, and Ryback will likely get his time before too long.
Maybe the IWC's moniker should be changed to the Internet Whining Community, because it's really all they ever do. Don't get me wrong: I consider myself a smark, but I also see a very big difference between the IWC and smarks.
Punk was an IWC darling for years. During the Summer of Punk, the internet blew up. Punk could do no wrong.
But then, Punk made a smart decision. It was reported by multiple internet sites that Punk realized he could never be the top face as long as John Cena was around, so he decided to be the company's top heel.
With that move, the IWC turned on him. Flaming Punk on message boards and forums became chic. He's a sellout, a crappy heel, and a transitional champion, depending on the day.
The IWC's new darling is Dolph Ziggler...which I really can't argue against, as I'm a huge Ziggler fan myself. But will Ziggler remain in the IWC's good graces once he finally gets the gold?
Only time will tell. I'm not keeping my hopes up, though.
If WWE Doesn't Learn From History, They'll Repeat It Sunday
In 2010, a rogue group of young superstars stormed onto the WWE landscape, eventually making their in-ring debut at SummerSlam.
On that night, every bit of momentum The Nexus had was crushed by Team WWE's victory.
The old saying goes, "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Hopefully, two years has been enough time for WWE to learn from its mistake.
When The Shield faces Ryback, Kane and Daniel Bryan Sunday night, the victory must go to Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.
WWE will likely want to protect Ryback from eating a pinfall for the third straight pay-per-view. But that's fine. Kane can take the decisive fall without losing any face. Ryback and Bryan can be eliminated from the picture thanks to the tables, ladders and chairs that will be involved.
Wrestlezone.com reported the possibility of more members being added to The Shield. Could we see the likes of Leo Kruger, Kassius Ohno or Bray Wyatt interject themselves in Sunday's no-disqualification main event?
There are plenty of options on the table, but the outcome shouldn't be one of them. The Shield needs to go over. If they don't, their fate is sealed with that of The Nexus.
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