Undertaker Health Update, WWE's Plans for Punk at WrestleMania

Daniel Van BoomAnalyst IIFebruary 7, 2013

Source: WWE.com
Source: WWE.com

We've known for a while that we may not see Undertaker this year due to his questionable health, but where does that leave CM Punk

A report from F4Wonline (via NoDQ.com) states that WWE has started thinking of backup plans. 

For those who don't know, for some time now, Punk has been penciled in for a date with the Deadman at WrestleMania XXIX (PWInsider, via wrestlinginc.com)

Should the Demon of Death Valley not be able to wrestle, the report states, Punk may be placed in the main-event with Rock and Cena, turning their bout into a triple threat match.

The latter option may come as a relief to some fans as it would mean we wouldn't get the exact same WrestleMania main-event this year as we did last year. 

We haven't had a triple threat world championship match at WrestleMania since the 25th anniversary of the event, and some critics have noted that Rock often appears out of breath during his matches since his return, and a triple threat match would be the perfect way to mask that. 

Most importantly, though, Rock vs Cena vs Punk certainly seems like a more organic and certainly a more exciting match than Cena vs Rock II being forced on us by WWE brass.

The other option that was noted as an alternative is considerably less enticing: Ryback vs Punk.

We've already seen Ryback vs Punk many times, though perhaps it's time for Ryback to finally get the victory over Punk that has eluded him for many months.

The problem with this match is that it's too hard to book. Punk is no longer the WWE champion, but he still needs big wins to maintain his deserved position on the top of the card. Ryback, as per his character, can't really afford to lose.

Given the amount of times Punk has gone over Ryback, however, it may make sense for Big Hungry to get his retribution. 

Undertaker has not yet declined to do the show, and until then, Punk vs The Streak is still on. However, with WrestleMania XXIX drawing ever closer, a decision will surely have to be made soon. 

Although Punk lost his WWE championship at the Royal Rumble, it doesn't look like he'll be moving down the card. WWE has some big plans for him at two of it's biggest pay-per-views of the year.