When officially introduced by Raw/SmackDown GM John Laurinaitis, Brock Lesnar confirmed that the reason he returned was to bring credibility back to the WWE. Brock’s central goals could range anywhere from correcting the hokey image of professional wrestling that John Cena, his opponent at Extreme Rules, has created, right down to the believability of the action inside of the ring.
While that’s all well and good for Brock to be so forthright about his impact on the wrestling world, WWE champion CM Punk has been bringing credibility back to the WWE since his return in the summer.
Going into Money in the Bank, Mr. McMahon heavily warned Cena that CM Punk was not to leave the WWE with the championship, or else the company would crumble. Regardless of the constant threats from McMahon, Cena lost the title to Punk in an honorable contest of wrestling skills. And though the importance of the championship was elevated to its highest that night in Chicago, the newly appointed C.O.O. Triple H followed through with plans to crown a new WWE champion with a replica title belt.
In one night, WWE did more damage in destroying the credibility of its championship than CM Punk could have ever done bringing it to Japan, Florida, or Ring of Honor. In addition to crowning a new champion, matters worsen when Rey Mysterio lost the title to John Cena, as if Money in the Bank never occurred.
When all seemed false within the WWE, the true champion of WWE returned as CM Punk hoisted his title belt in the face of John Cena.
Though the months that followed witnessed a brutal game of hot potato with the championship, CM Punk has since been restoring its credibility by defending it against the best WWE has to offer.
Now calling himself the best wrestler in the world, Punk has kept himself busy as of late with weekly title defenses thanks to the WWE GM. Yet, the most important of these defenses occurred at WrestleMania against his current foe, Chris Jericho.
When Punk accepted Jericho’s WrestleMania challenge to determine who the best in the world truly was, Punk hoisted his championship to make it clear that he calls himself the best wrestler in the world because he is the wrestling world’s champion.
The time will come when Brock Lesnar wears the WWE championship in his goal to bring credibility back to the WWE, but let it be known that Punk did it first.
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