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CM Punk Vs. Triple H Scratched From SummerSlam 2011

CM Punk vs. Triple HIf you thought that the John Cena vs. CM Punk rematch felt rushed, wait until you hear what the WWE originally had in mind for SummerSlam 2011. According to a recent report, Punk vs. Triple H was the original plan, only being changed a few hours before RAW went on the air.

I blogged when Triple H returned as “Chief Operating Officer” two weeks ago that the plan was for a Triple H vs. CM Punk match. The difference being that I thought the feud was for WrestleMania 28, whereas the WWE was ready to pull the trigger on it this past Monday. And it only gets stranger from there.

Dave Meltzer has a fascinating report in the current edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter documenting the original plans for SummerSlam & Punk’s return. Let’s just say for those of you who may have felt disappointed about the way things played out Monday, you would have flipped if the WWE stuck with its original plans for the angle.

According to Melzter, the plan all along was for CM Punk to come back this past Monday on the July 25 RAW. However, the original plan did not have RAW going off of the air with Punk and John Cena standing nose to nose in the ring. Nope. The original plan had Punk squashed at the hands of Triple H, leaving RAW without the WWE championship.

Punk was to return at the end of the show, get beaten up by HHH, left laying with a pedigree and Alberto Del Rio would come down, cash in his briefcase, beat him to win the title, and Alberto Del Rio would go to SummerSlam and defend against Cena.

Screwed again Del Rio!

If you are reading this and reacting the same way I did when I first read that, you probably need to take a deep breath. Yes, one of the biggest WWE angles in recent memory was supposed to end with one of the company’s “top babyfaces” being laid out by a man who hasn’t wrestled since WrestleMania 27. It only gets better.

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Meltzer concludes that this whole CM Punk angle was more about getting Triple H over than Punk. According to Meltzer, the idea all along was for Triple H to “re-sign” Punk making Triple H the babyface for giving the WWE Universe what they want. So at the end of the day those of you that thought this was an elaborate booking plan to elevate CM Punk because they needed more elite superstars (and they do) were wrong. This was all about The Game!

Finally, this was all going to lead to Punk vs. Triple H at SummerSlam. Hey, I was all about this match when I blogged on it a week and a half ago. However, in my blog I had this tension simmering for eight months up to WrestleMania 28 not two weeks. By the looks of the original RAW booking plan, you could probably take a good guess at how this match would have ended in Los Angeles.

So, for all of the critics (me included) that are disappointed in Punk coming back early against Cena, it certainly could have been worse. You could have all watched this entire angle blow up on your face if not for someone with enough sanity to call the audible Monday night.

Oh, and for those of you that still think that CM Punk will remain slotted as a top WWE superstar following this feud. Well, it almost didn’t last two weeks so be prepared for the worse come WrestleMania.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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