Why CM Punk Will Main Event Wrestlemania 30

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You know guys just then I watched the promo for the CM Punk vs The Rock match from Royal Rumble. And it was right then and there that I came to a realization…CM Punk is going to main event Wrestlemania 30.

Trust me, this prediction has nothing to do with the rumours of CM Punk apparently winning the Royal Rumble in 2014 to go after the WWE Championship. This is not based on speculation, this is based on precedent.


2012, John Cena had an awful year, on and off-screen. He lost to The Rock, lost to Tensai on RAW, got his ass kicked by Brock Lesnar, lost at Over The Limit, failed to win the WWE Championship from CM Punk, got injured and lost Dolph Ziggler at TLC. He even went through a legitimate divorce. He was booked to be in such a state by Royal Rumble. And what happens, he rises above all the shit and makes 2013 his year. He won the Royal Rumble in 2013, defeated The Rock in their rematch and won the WWE and World Titles. I think CM Punk is getting that same treatment.

Think about it. He lost the WWE Championship at the start of the year. He lost to The Rock. Not once but TWICE. He went on to lose to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29. He left for a bit after these defeats. Came back and the bad luck continued. He lost in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match, got stabbed in the back by Paul Heyman and lost to Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. Oh yeah and Paul Heyman pinned him at Night Of Champions. So yeah, he’s lot a LOT of big matches this year. Deja Vu? Isn’t this shades of 2012 and John Cena?

I mean its not like CM Punk is getting buried with these defeats is he? How many wrestlers can say that they have wrestled Undertaker, The Rock and Brock Lesnar in the same year? CM Punk is still are star, so it’s obvious that WWE have a plan with him. Punk has proved that he can take defeats and still hang with the elite of WWE. He’s still a top star in WWE and it appears that WWE aren’t giving up on him at all.

In fact, it seems with all the defeats on-screen and the drama with his mother off-screen that CM Punk is set on having 2014 be his redemption year, just like 2013 was Cena’s redemption year. It’ll start with a victory at the Royal Rumble and then at Wrestlemania 30, The Best In The World ascends to the top of WWE once again! And that’ll be #GoodNewsBarrett for Punk!

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What do you guys think? Vote in the poll below who your early bets are to win the Royal Rumble!

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Edge – Was He Ever “The One” In WWE?

NOTE: The following post is part three of a three-part series. The first part can be seen at this link and the second can be seen at this link.

Previously on the blog, I discussed whether Rob Van Dam or Chris Jericho were ever the “one” in WWE. This came after Triple H cut a promo on Daniel Bryan about why he would never be a star in WWE. Triple H said…

“Here’s the thing, Daniel.  I’ve seen guys like you come and go a million times.  Guys like Jericho, Edge, Rob Van Dam.  All guys that are very talented, don’t get me wrong.  Top guys!  Very popular!  But not ‘the one.’  Never were they ‘the one.’  And maybe nobody wants to say this, but it needs to be said: It’s a fact.  If any of those guys had been the face of the WWE back in the day, we’d all be working for Ted Turner right now.

You think you’re playing in the big leagues, kid?  You have no idea.  You step inside that Hell in a Cell and I have a feeling you’re gonna prove to the world that you’re a B+ player.”

I’ve talked about Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho. Now it’s time to talk about Chris Edge….

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Edge made his mark in WWE by first excelling in the tag team division with his friend Christian. Yes, friend. Not brother, as they were initially promoted as. Edge had developed a strong run as a singles star but was made a true star when battling alongside Christian. The duo would take part in quality matches with the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz. It soon didn’t take long for the three teams to completely dominate the tag team scene, with all the tag team storylines mostly being centred around them.

However, the tag team eventually had to break up. The two of them were great as a tag team but it was really time for the two of them to develop as singles stars. Edge had been an Intercontinental Champion before but he was more well known for teaming with Christian. Once Christian turned on Edge, both men were able to take off on their own.

Edge would win several singles titles after becoming a singles competitor. His first proper main event exposure came after the WWE Brand Extension. As mention during the Jericho part, Edge really rose to stardom during his program with the King of the World in 2002. This feud was ended abruptly by the decision to move Jericho to RAW. However, Edge was still given many opportunities to shine by SmackDown! head writer Paul Heyman. He main-evented SmackDown! as part of an incredible exciting tag team scenario which helped develop him as a main-eventer. Edge even main-evented WWE’s Rebellion 2002 PPV and challenged Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. However, Edge’s roll was cut short by a legitimate neck injury.

Edge would miss a year of television but returned like a house of fire in 2004 as part of the RAW brand. He quickly won the Intercontinental Championship from Randy Orton and he eventually turned his sights onto the World Heavyweight Championship… as a heel. Edge was main-eventing RAW a lot but it was very hard to become a top heel on the brand that was built around Triple H. However, Edge was becoming a star. At Wrestlemania 21, he won the “Money In The Bank” contract which would give him a title shot at any time in the next year. At the 2006 New Year’s Revolution event, with Lita by his side, Edge cashed it in to become WWE Champion for the first time.

This was Edge’s first world title in WWE and it was executed so well. John Cena had been champion since Wrestlemania 21 and it was time for a change of champion. The fans accepted Edge as the man. Triple H had been stuck in feuds with Big Show and Ric Flair, so it was really Edge’s time to shine. It was not like Edge was a ratings-killer either.

The next night on RAW, Edge held a live-sex celebration with Lita on RAW. That episode of RAW was such a success that Edge had delivered a 5.2 rating, which was the highest rated RAW in over a year. It also puts the ratings RAW gets nowadays to shame. The month of January was a month of glory for Edge.

It was also the month where Edge also LOST the title to John Cena at the Royal Rumble. To be fair, Edge never exactly struggled to recover. He stole the show at Wrestlemania 22 with Mick Foley and was WWE Champion again in July. When his feud with John Cena began once again, Edge was again on fire as the top heel in the company. With Triple H being a face now, there was little competition for Edge to compete with. Therefore, he became a feature presentation for RAW. He was still the top main event heel of RAW, even going into Wrestlemania 23.

When he was traded to SmackDown!, he went from strength to strength. It didn’t take long for Edge to become the top heel of the show. Hell, he did it on his first night by winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Again, not a lot of competition for Edge to compete with. That’s especially true considering that the next top heel on SmackDown! was The Great Khali. However, Edge developed himself as the true top star of SmackDown! in 2007 and would be rewarded with a Wrestlemania 24 main event showdown with the Undertaker. This was Edge’s first Wrestlemania main event and what a match it was. Wrestlemania 24 is widely considered as one of the greatest Wrestlemanias of all time. If your match was the show-stealer on a PPV was a strong as a card as Wrestlemania 24 had, you knew it was something special.

Edge stayed as the elite main-eventer on SmackDown! in the next few years. Again, it was an injury that ended his run as King of the Heels. He was injured in July 2009 and CM Punk would end up being the top heel of SmackDown! for a while.

Edge returned as a good guy in 2010, winning the Royal Rumble match upon his return. Edge’s return was a big deal but Edge’s Wrestlemania match wasn’t really considered the main match of the show unlike at Wrestlemania 24. Edge vs Jericho played third-fiddle to Undertaker vs Michaels and Cena vs Batista and it was a period where all the attention was really turned to RAW. Therefore, SmackDown! was starting to truly become second-fiddle RAW which took away from the World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania 26.

Before he retired, Edge turned heel and face once more but did an incredible job at waving the SmackDown! When he left, he left on top of his game as World Heavyweight Champion. Was he the top guy in WWE? We he ever the one? No. However, I think we can all agree that there was a period in WWE where Edge was truly the star of the show. From 2006 to 2008, Edge was the top heel in the company and definitely one of the biggest talking points in the WWE at the time.

Chris Jericho – Was He Ever “The One” In WWE?

NOTE: The following post is part two of a three-part series. The first part can be seen at this link.

Previously on the blog, I discussed whether Rob Van Dam was ever the “one” in WWE. This came after Triple H cut a promo on Daniel Bryan about why he would never be a star in WWE. Triple H said…

“Here’s the thing, Daniel.  I’ve seen guys like you come and go a million times.  Guys like Jericho, Edge, Rob Van Dam.  All guys that are very talented, don’t get me wrong.  Top guys!  Very popular!  But not ‘the one.’  Never were they ‘the one.’  And maybe nobody wants to say this, but it needs to be said: It’s a fact.  If any of those guys had been the face of the WWE back in the day, we’d all be working for Ted Turner right now.

You think you’re playing in the big leagues, kid?  You have no idea.  You step inside that Hell in a Cell and I have a feeling you’re gonna prove to the world that you’re a B+ player.”

Last time I talked about whether I thought Rob Van Dam was ever “the one”. Now it’s time to talk about Chris Jericho….

Chris Jericho

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Chris Jericho’s debut in WWE was monumental. When he debuted in 1999, joining from WCW, it had a huge impact. He confronted The Rock on his first night. That tells you quite something about how much stock they had in Chris Jericho. He kind of squandered for a while until he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship. It was then a gradual rise for Jericho from mid-card to the main event. Jericho was doing all the right things in the ring and on the mic, and the fans were well behind him. However, it was hard for Jericho to properly get a break considering the main event talent already there. It was going to be hard for Jericho to compete with Undertaker, Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin for the main event spotlight. He finally got his first major break as a main-eventer during the Invasion angle in 2001.

With Stone Cold Steve Austin heading the alliance and the likes of Chris Benoit and Triple H being injured, it was the perfect time for Jericho to step up. He had a great feud with The Rock which led to Jericho winning the WCW Championship at No Mercy. Although this was a big win, Jericho could never really get on par with fellow WWF member The Rock as a face. In WWF’s mind, The Rock was the star of Team WWF.

This eventually led to Jericho attacking The Rock during the Survivor Series match, turning heel for almost costing Team WWF the match. Jericho’s transition into a bad guy was smooth but his win as the first Undisputed Champion was even smoother…

He beat The Rock and Steve Austin on the same night at Vengeance 2001 to become the Undisputed Champion. He was the champion of the company and that night was all about Jericho. However, 2002 proved to be a problematic year for him. Hell, 2002 proved to be a problematic year for everyone in WWF/E. For you see, the amount of stars that debuted or returned to the WWE in the next year was incredible. The nWo, Shawn Michaels, Scott Steiner, Hulk Hogan… this was really the beginning of the end for Jericho’s reign on top.

Chris Jericho was in the main event of Wrestlemania X8. That would have been great if his match with Triple H was not completely over-shadowed by The Rock vs Hollywood Hogan. Really, Jericho never stood a chance. As soon as Jericho lost the title and the rematch, it was back to square one…

During the brand extension, Jericho was initially drafted to SmackDown! His feud with Edge on SmackDown! in 2002 proved to be a big hit until Jericho was moved over to RAW. Jericho’s move was made to help with the RAW ratings. However, Jericho was not really treated nearly as well as he would have been treated on SmackDown! Jericho had a few World title shots and did feud with the likes of Shawn Michaels and Bill Goldberg. He won a few Intercontinental and Tag Team titles but he was never really in a top singles main event feud on RAW until June 2005, when he feuded with WWE Champion John Cena. Even their match at Summerslam 2005 was overshadowed by the likes of Hogan vs Michaels. As it just so happened, this feud ended up being Jericho’s last for more than two years. For you see, Jericho quit the WWE in August after wrapping up the program.

Two years later, Jericho returned to the WWE in a big way. He returned to “save” the WWE and confronted WWE Champion Randy Orton in November 2007. It was an incredibly big angle which got a huge reaction, but his feud with Randy Orton didn’t even come to a great end. What happened was that in their title match at Armageddon, SmackDown! commentator JBL attacked Chris Jericho to cause the DQ. And to add a bit of insult to injury, this wasn’t even the main event of Armageddon!

Until he turned heel in June 2008, Jericho was never truly able to recover. However, his heel turn and feud with Shawn Michaels changed everything. In what was by far the feud of the year, Michaels and Jericho were simply phenomenal together. It was compelling to see Jericho as a heel. In my eyes, Chris Jericho was the top heel in the company in the second half of 2008. His feud with Michaels even turned into a World title feud after Jericho won the World title. He was not the face of the company or anything, but he was certainly the top heel of the company. He was the star of RAW. WWE had been priming Randy Orton to return as the top heel in the company but this was Jericho’s time to shine. That run on top came to an end when he lost the World title to John Cena at Survivor Series 2008.

Jericho still continued to be incredible on RAW and then on SmackDown! when he was traded in 2009. He had a lot of incredible programs but he was still floating around in the mid-card to upper mid-card position on the card. Eventually, Jericho was rewarded for his hard work in February 2010. Chris Jericho defeated the Undertaker in an Elimination Chamber match to win the World Heavyweight Championship. This was all fine but Jericho would end up losing the title on an episode of SmackDown! only two months later after Jack Swagger cashed in Money In The Bank. By the way, Jericho’s World Title defence at Wrestlemania 26 was not the main event of that show either! I guess when the match card includes the epic rematch between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker, no one would have even came close.

After leaving once again in September 2010, Jericho was not seen in January 2012. He came back as the odds-on favourite to win the Royal Rumble match. After all the hype that had went into this return, Jericho was beaten by Sheamus in the final two of the Rumble match. Regardless, Jericho was still entered into a WWE Championship program with CM Punk anyway. Chris Jericho and CM Punk had a great match at Wrestlemania 28, but the focus was once again on a match that wasn’t even for a title. The Rock vs John Cena. Sucks to be both men in that situation.

Jericho’s been a multi-time World Champion and has probably been one of the greatest workers of all time. However, Jericho was just very unfortunate during his times as champion. There was never really a time for Jericho to grab all the attention. Jericho was never really “the one” in WWE. However, he will truly go down forever as one of the best wrestlers in the world.

Rob Van Dam – was he ever “the one” in WWE?

Here’s a little topic that I want to talk a little about. The Triple H promo from 2 weeks ago on RAW. During the contract signing between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, Hunter said this to Daniel Bryan….

“Here’s the thing, Daniel.  I’ve seen guys like you come and go a million times.  Guys like Jericho, Edge, Rob Van Dam.  All guys that are very talented, don’t get me wrong.  Top guys!  Very popular!  But not ‘the one.’  Never were they ‘the one.’  And maybe nobody wants to say this, but it needs to be said: It’s a fact.  If any of those guys had been the face of the WWE back in the day, we’d all be working for Ted Turner right now.

You think you’re playing in the big leagues, kid?  You have no idea.  You step inside that Hell in a Cell and I have a feeling you’re gonna prove to the world that you’re a B+ player.”

 

Apparently this promo along with Triple H not considering Daniel Bryan a star in WWE has caused some dismay backstage. Chris Jericho was one who took exception to this promo. Along with a bunch of tweets including this one….

“Thing is @tripleh despite ur major push,u never were either. Good luck in ur future endeavours.”

he said this in a recent WWE.com interivew…

“That’s his opinion, and as somebody that was a six-time World Champion and main evented pay-per-views for years, was I ever the guy? Well, no, but who was?”

“I think if you look over the last 15 years in WWE, you’ve got Rock, Austin, Hogan and Cena. I wasn’t the guy… I just know that I had great matches pretty much every night. I had great rapport with the fans. I could make them love me or hate me depending on what I wanted, so I don’t know what more you can say.”

He also said that him and Triple H “always the guys who worked with the guy.

 

Now, I can see why the likes of Jericho are taking exception to Triple H’s promo. I mean Jericho and Edge have each had more than 5 world title reigns. So to say that they were never “the guy” in WWE does in a way diminish their title reigns when Triple H says that neither of them were “the one”. But did he have a valid point? Were they ever really the top dogs in WWE at a point? I saw a Bleacher Report article just then and you can have a look at it here of someone analyzing the legitimacy of HHH’s comments and you know? I’m going to do the exact same thing….

 

Rob Van Dam

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The first guy under the microscope. Was Rob Van Dam ever going to be “the one” in WWE?

I mean Rob Van Dam walked into WWF in 2001 and garnered momentum and overness REAL QUICK. The fans of the WWF saw RVD rise up quick and even found himself in the WWF title fold as early as No Mercy 2001 where he main-evented against Stone Cold and Kurt Angle. I mean if RVD would have captured the gold in the Invasion angle at the time, how big of a player in that storyline could he have become. However, he failed to capture the gold and it took RVD a lot of time to get anywhere near that kind of momentum in the WWF/E. We can always say to ourselves “What if he won the title?”. However, he didn’t. I mean it’s not like RVD necessarily needed to win that match to validate himself. But having all that momentum and not getting anywhere with it can be damaging to someone’s credibility. I mean it took nearly a year for RVD to be main-eventing a WWE PPV again.

So the next time he came close to “grabbing the brass ring”, it was Unforgiven 2002. RAW had finally gotten their own title. A new World Heavyweight Champion by the name of… wait for it… Triple H. And the first contender was Rob Van Dam. Imagine if RVD would have won the World Title from the Game and forever immortalize himself in WWE. But again, RVD came up short. Many considered this to be a burial considering RVD never came much close to the title again for YEARS, but honestly, even if he did win the World Title, RVD didn’t seem at a big position to be the biggest star on RAW. I mean RVD had just been feuding for the mid-card titles prior to this match. I mean he needed a lot more hype before he could be in line to dethrone the game.

But over the next couple of years, RVD went nowhere in WWE. It wasn’t until 2006, Rob’s last year in WWE before he left, when Van Dam had another chance to be “the guy”. He started off the year by returning at the Royal Rumble. Got a lot of hype, made the final four and he was fresh off a injury that sidelined him for more than a year I think. And WWE capitalized on that by having him win the 2ND Money In The Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania 22. Finally, Rob was set to win a world title in WWE….

And his cash-in was planned perfectly. With ECW’s revival, Rob declared he would cash-in at ECW One Night Stand against WWE Champion John Cena. And it was built superbly. RVD said he was going to win the WWE title and take it to ECW with him. And in a stellar WWE Championship match, Rob walked away the champion. With the WWE Title and the recently resurrected ECW Title, RVD was the top dog in the WWE!

I mean with the WWE Championship, he was supposed to drop that to Edge shortly after winning it, but ECW Title was supposed to be his title. ECW was going to be built around Rob. This was his time to shine as the top dog in ECW, riding of the momentum of his victory over Cena! But there was one factor that messed up Rob’s push to the top and sent him crashing down to earth… Rob Van Dam.

I mean with No Mercy 2001 and the match against Triple H, it was the writers that cost him his push but it was Rob this time that killed his own momentum when he was arrested for marijuana possession. And WWE had no choice but to bring forward his loss of the WWE Title to Edge and had him lose the ECW Title to the Big Show on the same week. I mean Rob had absolutely no one else to blame but himself for that one.

But if he didn’t get arrested would he ever become the main of WWE with his run as ECW Champion? My personal opinion is… no. Even if ECW wasn’t effectively buried as bad as it did within a year from its creation, there’s a reason that RVD was never ECW Champion during ECW’s original run. All he was, was talent. He really lacked the mic-skills to take him places. I mean he can talk reasonably well, but he was never going to be the WWE’s top guy. Even if his new-ECW run had planned out. Mr Monday Night was never going to be Mr WWE…