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WrestleMania 30: In the End, CM Punk Must Save WrestleMania from Itself

While the WWE has a pretty good thing going for itself with the possibility of handing the WWE World Title over to Daniel Bryan for his fourth title reign, in the end the company will need more than the “Yes! Nation” yelling at the top of its lungs at the end of the night in New Orleans.

I suspect there is more to the “Triple Threat Match” between Randy Orton, the current WWE World Champion, Batista – the disgruntled challenger and winner of the Royal Rumble, and Bryan – who has been added to the card to help save face with the company and add some life into an already defeated championship match.Barring an injury that has changed the direction of a title match, I do believe this is the first time the WWE has changed course to the tune of 180 degrees to give a World Title match meaning. In effect, the company admitted it was wrong.

Tisk, tisk, tisk. Shame on them.

I may come off as a change for the better, but it only sets up a few ideas in my head about how the company and Bryan, for that matter, is going to make things right in the WWE and help the WWE Universe find its love for the business again and the profession he loves.

Let’s save that for later and discuss what is really at hand – how to get CM Punk back into the good graces of the WWE Corporation, and on the minds of the fans who missed him but may soon be waning in their support of him.

With a sudden face turn by The Shield, a belief in Bray Wyatt as a new evil innovator in the mold of Kevin Sullivan and Kane working on possibly his one last run in the company (Oh, and did I mention some guy named Paul Heyman was again kicking ass and taking names?), now is the time for Pun to come back to the arenas, to challenge the Authority at WrestleMania XXX and pick up a microphone, look in the camera and tell people what the heck is on his mind.

Only then can we assume the company is serious about trying to use the Authority as a knockoff of something in between The Freebirds, The New World Order and Degeneration X. It could also be compared to a very week “Corporation” theme – but it has failed miserably in that context.

The Corporation (as explained through Wikipedia) “Was a stable in the late 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was led by the McMahon family and was characterized by an authoritarian and corrupt attitude towards more rebellious wrestlers. The Corporation existed throughout 1998 and 1999 and feuded with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, D-Generation X, the Union, and the Ministry of Darkness, eventually merging with the latter and forming the Corporate Ministry.

The group was put together and led by WWF Chairman Vince McMahon in an attempt to secure control of the WWF and eliminate the more rebellious wrestlers, such as Stone Cold Steve Austin. Previously, McMahon started surrounding himself with an entourage consisting of The Corporate Stooges, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson, Commissioner Slaughter and his personal enforcer The Big Boss Man.

The reason the “Corporate” angle is so closely connected to the new “Authority” angle is because both groups are notorious for using their political stroke in the company to give the group vast degrees of advantages in matches.

Kane’s interference with Daniel Bryan. Triple H interfering in Randy Orton matches. Kane knocking CM Punk out of the Royal Rumble.

Corporation members were known to adopt “cleaned-up businessmen” modifications to their individual characters, much the same as Kane giving up the mask and wearing a suit to the ring and wrestling in slacks and wing tips or Triple H coming to the ring to beat on Daniel Bryan in a shirt and tie.

This certainly is not like the first incarnation, but it does need a leader to preserve what is right. A “voice for the voiceless” of sorts. That is where Punk comes in – back to what made him successful before and a reason he is needed by the WWE, but pride and lack of communication are holding both sides back.

If the company wants WrestleMania XXX to survive, it must get the one person who commands the most attention in this company back in a town near year. Otherwise, this title match gets less and less meaningful by the day. The WWE cannot afford for that to happen.

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