Faith. It’s what CM Punk told his newest legion of followers to have, but after each Nexus member was taken out of action with a punt to the skull by Randy Orton, does Punk still have faith?
When Punk revealed who his adversary finally was, after weeks stuck behind the broadcast table, not much transpired afterwards concerning the elimination of John Cena. Despite the surprise chair shots in subsequent WWE programs, Punk’s malice towards Cena subsided when he locked eyes with The Viper.
CM Punk has held onto a personal grudge with Orton dating back more than two years ago at Unforgiven. Punk was set to defend his first World Heavyweight Championship in a Championship Scramble match when Legacy attacked him, and Orton punted his head causing him to be stripped of the title.
Say what you will about Punk, but he has the moral high ground in this feud. It was because of Orton’s actions that night in 2008 that lead Punk down a path of retribution: taking what he wanted, and instilling the virtue of straight edge by any means.
With The Nexus under his control, Punk could finally do to Orton what he did to him, and make sure he never held a world title again. But of course, as in every revenge story, that wasn’t enough. CM Punk wanted to end Orton at WrestleMania. With Nexus in his corner, there would be no way for Orton to escape unscathed, right?
By order of Raw’s GM, The Nexus would be granted the opportunity to go to WrestleMania if they could defeat Orton in singles matches. And one by one The Nexus fell to ultimately conclude that Punk will not have The Nexus in his corner come WrestleMania.
Punk is an exceptional athlete, having the endurance to wrestle 60 minute matches, but after seeing Orton take out each member, including Mason Ryan, is Punk’s faith wavering? Or does Punk possess the gall to take a leap of faith in his own abilities?
(Quick author’s note: For someone nicknamed The Viper, how come Orton doesn’t utilize Snake Eyes into his repertoire?)