After 240 days as WWE champion, defending the title at every pay-per-view and the occasional Monday Night Raw, CM Punk has proven to be the Best in the World. CM Punk went from a guy lost in the shuffle of the WWE machine, to the man appearing on billboards, merchandize, talk shows, and conventions. But despite being on top for over a year, CM Punk is once again the underdog going into his next title defense against non-other than John Cena.
June 17, 2011, CM Punk dropped the infamous pipe bomb that shook the very foundation of the WWE. John Cena listened to Punk’s words from the ring as he writhed in pain as a result of being driven into a table. Punk talked about being the Best in the World: in the ring, on the microphone, and on commentary. With a wave of support from the WWE Universe, CM Punk defied the odds and defeated Cena for the WWE championship on his final night under contract with WWE. Now fast forward to July 16, 2012, this time it was Punk writhing in the corner of the ring listening to Cena’s pipe bomb.
John Cena announced to the world that he would be cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on RAW’s 1000th episode for CM Punk’s WWE championship. Cena could have gone the easy route and cashed in on a vulnerable Punk, but he chose to warn Punk and give him one week to prepare himself. Why? Because last year Punk emphatically stated that he was better than Cena, and he proved it by beating him for the championship. John Cena wants the opportunity to not only become the WWE champion but to prove to Punk–and most importantly himself–that he is the Best.
The odds are against CM Punk: The MITB holder has always successfully cashed in; John Cena’s record of firsts is unparalleled; and John Cena is John Cena. Cena holds the record for most WWE championship reigns in the WWE; he’s the fourth ranked WWE champion in the title’s history. CM Punk, though a phenomenal wrestler, may not have what it takes to swerve the luck of the MITB opportunity. Or does he?
This Monday will be historic on a number of levels, but could we witness the first-ever MITB contract loss? Sure, John Cena is a 250lb strongman that could easily toss his opponents in the air with the Attitude Adjuster or drop toe-hold them into the STF, but CM Punk is the WWE champion for a reason. Kindred to Bret Hart, CM Punk has put in the best matches, and has carried around the WWE title as the most important prized possession of any professional wrestler. CM Punk indeed does have what it takes to hand John Cena his loss and forever go down in the history books as the WWE champion who retained after MITB was cashed.
Who do you believe is the Best in the World? WWE champion CM Punk? Or Money in the Bank contract holder John Cena?
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