Sure- it’s unlikely, improbable, ridiculous to suggest…but, what if the WWE has an ultimate plan for the supposed CM Punk walk out this past Monday? What if the WWE, and only those apart the most inner circle, knows something we don’t?
Perhaps that ‘something’ is an epic showdown between the two most outspoken WWE superstars of the past 15 years. What I am suggesting is CM Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XXX!
Notice the language that is being used by the ‘sources’ who broke the story- “CM Punk tells Vince McMahon he is going HOME.” Eerily similar to June 11, 2002 when, in the Rock’s words, Austin “took his ball and went home.”
It was on that day when Austin himself walked out on the WWE the night after a pay-per-view, because he was unhappy and did not agree with a plan for him to put over Brock Lesnar, who was a WWE rookie at the time.
Now, I am not saying CM Punk refused to put anyone over, but it is no secret that, like Austin, Punk has always been critical of the WWE creative team’s plan for not only him, but other wrestlers as well.
For the past few years there has been only one rumor that consistently appears at the same time as the Sting vs. Undertaker one, and that is Austin returning for a Wrestlemania match with CM Punk. The two men who spoke out against the ‘authority,’ against Vince McMahon himself.
Punk and Austin are similar in so many ways, so why wouldn’t the WWE capitalize on the one thing they both have in common (or in Punk’s case, as we are being led to believe), they walked out and went home!
Who is heel and who is face in this match wouldn’t matter. Like Vince McMahon wants; there are no such things as a heel or face anymore in the current day WWE. One thing is for certain, it would be one of the most anticipated matches in Wrestlemania history.
TALE OF THE TAPE:
Stone Cold Steve Austin: 6 time WWE Champion, 3-time Royal Rumble winner, and WWE Hall of Famer who was once declared by McMahon (TSN’s “Off The Record” – June 1, 2004) as the most profitable wrestler in the company’s history in terms of merchandising and licensing, and pay-per-view and live events.
CM Punk: 3 time World Heavyweight Champion, 2 time WWE Champion (including the longest reign in the modern era), who was elevated to the top of the WWE after gaining prominence in the independent circuit.
Needless to say, the back story here is the “anti-company” guys, who both have told Vince McMahon to, well, (insert any phrase here). Austin is a beer-drinking outlaw against the law of the land, while Punk is a straight-edge outlaw against the law of the land. Both have been compared to each other during their runs with World Wrestling Entertainment.
This match is what Punk has always wanted, the only thing that has been needed was a physically healthy Austin, who would agree to do the match. With the developments in the past 48 hours, maybe he has? Then again, maybe Punk really did go home. Either way, if I were the WWE, planned or not, I would run with this angle with comparisons of the two- no one person is bigger than Vince McMahon and the WWE! Not Austin, Punk, or even Hulk Hogan.
The build for this match would be incredible, perhaps the WWE would set it up as follows:
The night after Elimination Chamber, the opening segment of Raw begins with Vince McMahon in the ring (similar to 2002 when Tony Garea came and told him “the he who you were talking about is NOT Stone Cold, then who in the hell is the he you were talking about?!)…when suddenly, glass shattering music hits, and Austin makes his way to the ring.
Austin then gives McMahon 10 seconds to get out of the ring, the very same way the Rock did, before he goes on and talks about his past, the current state of the WWE, and the one thing that he has always regretted, walking out and going home.
He then will reference Punk, his walk out and the regret he will have for not making a “wrong,” right. Whether it that night on Raw, or the following week (in Chicago), we will have a Punk v. Austin confrontation. During that time Punk should take the lead as the proverbial heel, telling Austin he is better than him, referencing his ‘pipe-bomb’ and the fact that he has the longest title reign in the modern era.
Austin will stand there as the crowd erupts in ‘what’ chants as Punk makes each point. This will get Punk to turn on the crowd, egging them on even more saying he never needed them, they don’t stand up for themselves and the fact that no matter what they say, nothing will ever change- “which is why I walked out.”
Just as Punk did to Rock in their buildup to the Royal Rumble 2013, Punk will initially get over on Austin by giving him a GTS, planting the seed for a Wrestlemania 30 match between the two. How the WWE decides to let it play out from there is not rocket science.
Think about it, for all the talk the past 24 hours about CM Punk walking out and going home, perhaps too much thought has gone in to what the real story is… Is it real or is it a work? Maybe, it’s both.
We all know Punk has been fed up in the past and has been outspoken. With his WWE contract supposedly being up in June, this could be a perfect ending to a controversial and stellar career. Following his match with Austin at Wrestlemania, Punk can do one of two things, A) retire in to the sunset 2 months early or, B) bring it all to a close at HOME in Chicago on June 1 at WWE Payback (perhaps in a rematch against Austin).
Option B is how I would plan this story. Austin gets over at Wrestlemania because it will be his last Wrestlemania match (unforeseen a Goldberg showdown). Austin will then return the favor and see Punk off in to the sunset in his hometown in front of his friends and family.
At the end of this fairytale idea is the thought of – which is more likely, Punk vs. Austin or Undertaker vs. Sting at Wrestlemania 30?