One look at John Cena’s eyes told the story. His fingers grasped the WWE Title upon defeating the title-holder Rey Mysterio Jr. in an instant Raw classic. After the set backs in Chicago and Green Bay, Cena still remains employed in WWE under Triple H’s new regime, and has fortified his status, while at the same time reclaiming his bargaining chip for his Wrestlemania opponent–The Rock.
Then came the sounds of Living Colour blasting throughout the Hampton Coliseum, in Hampton, VA. “It’s not Alberto Del Rio,” Cena stated in exhaust.
It certainly wasn’t Del Rio, who had earlier attempted to cash his Money in the Bank opportunity against a newly crowned Mysterio; it was the man who has since amassed a cult following since exploiting the WWE of McMahon’s hypocritical ruling.
So what was Triple H thinking hiring back C.M. Punk? He no doubt respects Punk, as one wrestler respects another wrestler. But he primarily had to be thinking of Punk as a highly lucrative prospect. After all, WWE tried to carry-on as business as usual; even created a tournament to crown a new WWE champion, as if it had never been lost. However, the constant chants at live events, the rapid sales of t-shirts, and a recent confrontation at a joint WWE/Mattel panel at San Diego Comic Con spoke to Triple H.
C.M. Punk, trumping Cena’s crowd reaction as he hoisted up his WWE title, made it clear that he returned to remind the WWE who is its real WWE champion.
After coming face to face with C.M. Punk, the stand-off became too intense for the now-eleven-time WWE champion to take. Time and again, Cena has mustered through the split crowd reactions. “Let’s go Cena!” “Cena sucks!” Receiving links to video blogs from his WrestleMania opponent, reminding him of his inability to amount to his stature. Yet, his last two matches have proven that Cena can deliver in the ring. A new drive probably fueled from a recent string of constructive criticism regarding his matches from former WWE superstar Chavo Guerrero. But now C.M. Punk has returned, and John Cena walking away from the stand-off may indicate his uncertainty of his status.
Frankly, both men earned their respective WWE titles. The dilemma is who is “The Real WWE Champion?” Unlike Hogan-Flair and Austin-Rock, there has never been two World champions carrying the same title. Some state that Punk still remains the WWE champion, while others stake that after Punk’s contract expired, Mr. McMahon stripped Punk of recognition as the company’s WWE champion.
With SummerSlam just weeks away, the next probable course should result in a unification of the WWE championship. It certainly doesn’t seem unlikely that we will see Punk-Cena II at the biggest pay-per-view of the summer, but would it be wise for Cena to do so? He does hold two consecutive losses against the Second City Saint. But judging from everything we know about John Cena, he may not consider his current WWE title as the true WWE championship. Despite McMahon disregarding Punk’s legitimacy as the champion, John Cena knows that he cannot be honorably considered the real champion. He lost to C.M. Punk, and just because McMahon created a new-slimmer-title doesn’t change that fact.
“Did you know?” “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour was C.M. Punk’s ROH entrance theme.