WWE Money in the Bank 2011: Could WWE Survive Without Cena and Punk?

Bryan FloryAnalyst IJuly 16, 2011

I want to start off by saying this is the most intrigued and interested I have been for a PPV in years.

Even though I went to WrestleMania 27, I have to admit that I am looking forward to Money in the Bank even more than WrestleMania.

Why is it that I (and virtually every wrestling fan) am so capitivated by what will happen tomorrow night?

I believe that it is because the lines have become blurred between what is reality and what is a storyline.

I wrote an article months ago, before WrestleMania 27, that WWE was starting to severely lose credibility because nothing was believable anymore.

Why watch a John Cena match versus the Miz when you know that he would inevitably hit  the same five moves and finish him off?

Case in point, at Over the Limit when both the Miz and Alex Riley beat Cena relentlessly for 20 minutes, before Cena turned the tables and won within two minutes.

That's why the Undertaker - Triple H match at WrestleMania 27 was so great; because for a second, these two "entertainers" suspended your belief that there was no way that the Undertaker would lose and snap the streak.

Believability has been absent from WWE for a number of years now, ever since Cena and Randy Orton took the top two spots within the company.

But what has happened in the past few weeks with CM Punk has resonated so heavily with everyone because we are all pissed off that believability doesn't exist anymore.

Punk's whole foundation for leaving the company is that he is sick and tired of seeing people bust their ass, only to lose to the likes of Cena, Orton, and other members of the "Good Ole Boys" network.

Punk has drawn us all back into believing that he is going to stick it to the "man" and do this for all the people without a voice.

But what happens if/when he leaves on Sunday?

Furthermore, what happens if Punk wins, and Cena is "fired" on Sunday (obviously Cena won't be fired when he is already scheduled to face the Rock at WrestleMania 28) ?

As much of us would hate to admit it, the reason probably close to 80% of the WWE Universe tunes in to Raw every week is to see John Cena.

Tack on the other 10% that Eric Bischoff claims is the IWC, who tunes in to see Punk, and you are left with approximately 10% of people who tune in to see everyone else.

Well if Cena and Punk were to leave, who would that 90% tune in to see?

Now we get to the crux of the real problem: WWE has done an absolutely horrific job at building secondary stars.

And before anyone ever says, "Well Zack Ryder can be that guy," hold on for one second.

I love Zack Ryder as much as the next Broski, but there is no chance in hell (intentional correlation to Vince) that Ryder will see important airtime any time soon.

You don't go from being on WWE Superstars to the main event of the flagship show overnight.

Furthermore, look at other non main-event stars. No one jumps out at you as "the guy."

Dolph Ziggler is someone that I believe could take a huge step forward in the coming months.

Alberto Del Rio obviously has the potential to be the top heel in the company, but he is continuously being neglected with weak feuds.

R-Truth has done a nice job in an elevated role, but how much longer can the "Lil' Jimmy" shtick last?

And as far as faces go, I'm not tuning in to see guys like Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Evan Bourne, etc. because they have zero mic skills.

Which basically leaves us with Alex RIley and the Miz.

These two have put on a great feud in the past two plus months, but you can't have them feud forever.

So for those scoring at home, if John Cena and CM Punk are to leave the company tomorrow night, we are resting all of our hopes on the Miz, Alex Riley, Dolph Ziggler, and Alberto Del Rio.

And yes, John Morrison will be back soon, but who knows when and at what capacity.

The fact of the matter is that there is no way that WWE can afford for to have both Cena and Punk leave right now under the current structure.

The only feasible way would be to have Chris Jericho, Triple H, or the Undertaker come back to carry the company until Cena was reinstated (or recovers from his reportedly nagging injuries he sustained months ago).

And the fact that I just wrote that previous sentence is a testament to the horrid job WWE has done growing talent, when they have to consistently rely on stars from the Attitude Era.

In a perfect world, CM Punk would stay and WWE would milk this storyline for everything it is worth, even possibly turning Cena heel over the rise in popularity of Punk.

But in reality, who knows what will happen, and that's why I will be ordering Money in the Bank tomorrow night.


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