Are you ready? I said are….you…ready? Well then, for the thousands surrounding me in New York City while I write this and millions reading this at home. Let’s get ready….for WWE Wrestler of the Week!
CM Punk made a special appearance this past week on Friday Night Smackdown to let the world know that he wants Brock Lesnar and the Money in the Bank briefcase. Alberto Del Rio had something to say about this and the two squared off in the main event. Although the match ended in a no-contest thanks to Del Rio bringing Paul Heyman into the match, Punk’s rare appearance on Smackdown gives him bonus points.
On the July 8th edition of Raw, Punk squared off against another superstar involved in the Money in the Bank All Stars match – Randy Orton. Punk and Orton had a great match, but the Straight Edge Savior was able to come away victorious. Although Daniel Bryan would emerge and attack Punk and Orton, a win is a win.
With only two days remaining until Money in the Bank, Punk is not looking like a favorite to win the match. His current situation in WWE is dealing with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. He supposedly still trusts and loves Heyman, but something fishy is definitely going on. It will absolutely lead to a Punk-Lesnar match, most likely at SummerSlam.
In fact, I have a feeling that either Heyman or Lesnar will cost Punk the Money in the Bank match on Sunday. This would solidify them having a match in August. Punk has already feuded with John Cena plenty of times and now they are both babyfaces. Lesnar has been the one guy Punk needed to be feuding with and now it’s finally happening.
Give WWE credit though. One of the most intriguing storylines is this Punk-Heyman-Lesnar and even throw in Curtis Axel in there. It is quietly one of the best storylines currently in the company. Chances are Heyman turns on Punk, but the promos these will continue to provide will be epic.
Punk should find his way back to the WWE title scene eventually, but this angle with Heyman, Lesnar and Axel may last most of what is remaining in 2013. A match at SummerSlam with Lesnar and then perhaps another in November at Survivor Series.
What does he do in between?
Perhaps a feud with Curtis Axel, but not with the Intercontinental title on the line. Anything else would be filler until he meets Brock Lesnar again.
In any case, with a busier week than usual, CM Punk wins the prestigious award. Thanks as always for reading WWE Wrestler of the Week and feel free to share your thoughts on Punk as the winner or whom you thought deserved the award more in the comment section below.
Seth Guttenplan is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter ( @sethgutt ) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com
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