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Has The Triple H Vs. CM Punk WrestleMania 28 Angle Started?

CM Punk vs. Triple HTriple H returned on RAW to “fire” Vince McMahon, just a day after CM Punk left the company with the WWE championship. Was the timing of Hunter’s reemergence an odd coincidence or is this the start of the CM Punk vs. Triple H WrestleMania 28 angle?

The WWE continues to be on a roll producing some of its most compelling weekly television in years. The conclusion of Monday’s RAW was no exception. Everyone had an opinion of how RAW would go down 24 hours after the WWE lost its world champion. Nobody predicted the show would end with Triple H in charge of the entire operation.

It all clicked instantly as I watched Triple H attempt to play the most sympathetic babyface character of his career on RAW. Donned in a tailored suit that would make Ric Flair drool, Hunter came across as somewhat of a savior to WWE fans who have watched Vince McMahon tarnish the company more in the last three weeks than he has in decades (I am talking storylines here). The odd appearance of Trips in a suit with tears in his eyes the day after Punk’s departure was not just mere coincidence. It was the start of the next final chapter in this Punk saga.

Let’s break this down for a second. There is no way that CM Punk walked out of the WWE with the title and no contract on Sunday. He’ll be back. Most speculate that Punk will take a lengthy break and return either at the end of this year or the beginning of the next. Then what? He comes back as world champion and feuds with the current champion? He can’t play off of Vince McMahon if he is gone. A WrestleMania rematch is off the table with John Cena (which would make the most sense). Steve Austin is just a fantasy. What do you do to capitalize on his appeal on the biggest event of the year? Austin vs. McMahon 2, version CM Punk vs. Triple H makes all of the sense in the world.

Triple H will probably spend the next few months as a pure babyface WWE CEO. Slowly as the year ends, a little bit of Vince McMahon will come out of him. Once Punk comes back, Triple H is done playing nice guy, and the war begins. “If you want to get the job done, you have to do it yourself.” Triple H then challenges CM Punk at WrestleMania 28 for the championship and you have a match as a co-main event at WrestleMania that you never thought you would see.

Before you start to hate on Triple H for “politicking” himself into this match, think about it objectively. Hunter said last year before WrestleMania 27 that nothing else mattered other than beating The Undertaker. Now he comes back with a vengeance after CM Punk and tells the fans that he was wrong, fighting for the honor of his company and his family matters more. Now beating CM Punk is more important than beating The Undertaker. It doesn’t get much better than that for someone like Punk.

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As for the match, you can say what you will about Triple H but he rarely puts on a clunker at WrestleMania. Yes, WrestleMania 27 was his greatest, but it has been years if ever, since he put on a WrestleMania stinker. Don’t kid yourself. This would be a hell of a match. It would be different than Punk vs. Cena for sure, but it could work. It could really work!

Who hates Triple H more than the same Internet crowd of young 20 something pro wrestling fans or late teens that cheer for CM Punk? Who better to represent the cause of every young wrestler who was buried allegedly at the hands of Triple H than CM Punk? Who better to stand up to authority than anyone with the last name Punk? Once you put your hate for Triple H aside, only a blinded hater couldn’t see the money in this one.

What about The Undertaker? Well, does there really have to be a rematch? Does it have to be at WrestleMania? They can always wrestle at SummerSlam 2012. Plus, this would be number 20 for The Undertaker. Why put him in there with Triple H and give Hunter the win, when you can either give someone else the rub of ending the streak that needs it, or just keep it intact altogether. I am sorry but I don’t think it is the end of the world if the WWE passes on a WrestleMania 27 rematch here.

I don’t know if this will happen but it makes all of the sense in the world. Plans obviously change in the WWE on a daily basis but this entire CM Punk angle seems to be a story that the WWE has committed to going into next year. I couldn’t think of a better way to pay it off than Punk beating Triple H in a WrestleMania classic.

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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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