CM Punk’s loss to The Rock at the Royal Rumble signifies the end of his 434-day reign as WWE Champion. Even though he’s no longer champion, Punk is in for bigger and better things.
His historic reign as WWE Champion made Punk among the WWE’s elite. He was a star prior to defeating Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series 2011 and has since become one of the promotion’s most important assets.
Thus, it’s only fitting that Punk wrestle in one of WrestleMania 29’s top matches. Obviously, the apparent WWE Championship match between The Rock and Royal Rumble winner John Cena will be the marquee match of the show, but Punk will definitely be among the headliners.
In early December, SEScoops.com reported a rumored WrestleMania match between Punk an Undertaker. The two would do battle in a “Respect vs. Streak match,” the report says.
Punk was in the middle of the card for WrestleMania 28, but he and Chris Jericho still stole the show. Cena vs. Rock II will be a huge match, but Punk challenging Undertaker’s undefeated streak has the potential to outshine the massive rematch.
A match with Undertaker seems to be the most likely situation. With Brock Lesnar likely returning for a rematch with Triple H, it’s slim pickings for Punk.
There’s a plethora of talent on the WWE roster that Punk can have a WrestleMania-caliber match with. That’s no problem. However, it’s tough to find a fresh opponent with the star power to further elevate Punk.
That’s where Undertaker comes in. He and Punk had some great matches back when Punk was world heavyweight champion. Punk’s character has evolved so much since then that the verbal confrontations leading up to a match between the two would be legendary themselves.
Furthermore, Punk has the ability to convince fans he can achieve the impossible—ending The Streak. When the “Straightedge Superstar” has a microphone in hand, he’s able to sell fans on anything. There’s no reason to believe he cannot be established as the most legitimate threat to ‘Taker’s streak in recent memory.
Punk is becoming a legend. His reign sets him apart and he took The Rock to his limit. The next logical step is, without a doubt, “The Phenom.”