Where were the balloons? Paul Heyman feverishly set out to put together a celebration worthy to honor his and our reigning and defending WWE champion CM Punk, but there were no balloons. Paul Heyman promised that there would be balloons but he fell short on that promise. Yet that’s not the only promise that will fall short.
On July 25, 2018, on the 355th episode of WWE Main Event, CM Punk surpasses Bruno Sammartino as the longest reigning WWE champion of all time. A day in history that will never… ever… eeeeevvvveeerrr happen. Can you imagine having CM Punk as the champion for another six years? Could CM Punk’s body even last that long? CM Punk may be straight-edge, but the toll that his body would endure–and the headaches from creative, management, and wrestling fans–would drive the man to drink.
Punker’s right though, he’s accomplished a feat that Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Stone Cold, and The Rock have never been able to do. CM Punk, a guy that since Day 1 was labeled as an “Indy Guy”, has done the unthinkable by becoming the 8th longest reigning WWE champion in the company’s history.
Next Monday Night RAW CM Punk will have surpassed the late Randy Savage cementing himself as the 7th longest reign. But his body is in dire jeopardy because at WWE’s next pay-per-view, Punk will have to defend his coveted WWE championship in either a Ladder match, Tables match, Chairs match, or (worse of all) a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.
Now Punk is no stranger to defending his title in a TLC match, but can he go through that again? TLC matches shortens careers, just ask Edge (retired), Matt and Jeff Hardy (drug issues), and Christian (currently on the injured list). By the time TLC rolls around, CM Punk would have already surpassed John Cena’s 2007 WWE championship run, making Punker the 6th longest reigning champion, but will he make it to 2018?
Before we fire up the DeLorean to see if in fact Punk is WWE champion, what happens if Punk does survive TLC? Then what? CM Punk will have to contend with the man he GTS’d on RAW 1000, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
We saw Rock wrestle on the night CM Punk won the WWE championship, he’s still got it. And we’ve seen The Rock lay out John Cena with The Rock Bottom at WrestleMania. CM Punk may consider himself The Greatest Wrestler in the World, but is he truly better than The Great One?
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