The past few weeks in WWE has been tense and controversial, that is due to events that occurred outside the ring like superstar CM Punk walking out on the company as it starts it’s important build to Wrestlemania on April 6th. This move by Punk has many fan crying foul, thinking that it’s a huge loss to the WWE at a critical time. Though it is indeed a setback, it is not going to derail WWE is the major way that some fans think. Pro Wrestling Examiner breaks it down with a 5 point argument for why WWE is going “OK” at this year’s Wrestlemania without Punk on the roster for the foreseeable future.
1) DANIEL BRYAN
Daniel Bryan and his current status as the hottest name in sports entertainment is the biggest reason WWE can move on effectively without CM Punk.The Yes Movement is rocking at full finger-pumping power especially after the Royal Rumble. The bearded superstar lost in the opening match on the PPV card against Bray Wyatt, but fans at Pittsburgh’s sold-out Consol Energy Center were chanting his name all night long. The Yesamaniacs even booed the Royal Rumble winner Batista who had just returned to the company. They wanted DBry as the winner of the Rumble, and they did not get it. Fans quickly took the internet and made the dialogue about the Rumble about Daniel Bryan being held back.
The next night on RAW, Daniel Bryan got right into WWE authority figure Triple H’s face and called him out for failing to give the fans what they wanted. Though Bryan is set to compete for the WWE World title inside the Elimination Chamber on pay per view on Sunday February 23rd, the writing is on the wall. Triple H will try to hold down Daniel Bryan one more time at Wrestlemania 30 on April 6th, at least that what it looks like.
For a good chunk of 2013, Triple H and the Authority have held Daniel Bryan back by screwing him out of WWE Championships on multiple occasions. For whatever reason, CM Punk who has been a rebel against the ‘WWE machine’ in the past started to verbalize a feud with Triple H and his corporate power role. Now with Punk out of the picture, Daniel Bryan can pick up where he left off in late 2013.
2) JOHN CENA
John Cena is the most popular pro wrestler in the world and wrestles for WWE. He will continue to wrestle for WWE during this challenging time with CM Punk out of action. Now Punk’s legion of fans may not consider themselves members of the Cenation, but Cena can still move the needle for WWE on television and live events while being a divisive figure.
Cena will reportedly face off with the demented Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 30. This will be the greatest challenge for the still very new to the roster Wyatt and a fresh challenger for Cena as the top man. The pairing has a strong line drawn between who to boo and who to cheer, there is very little shades of gray here.
There is parade of past legends coming to WWE due in part to the launch of the WWE Network which will utilize classic wrestling footage from pro wrestling’s past. Dejected CM Punk followers can take solace that they will get to see legendary names like the Ultimate Warrior and Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts get their moment in the sun on the night before Wrestlemania when they get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. There is active rumors that former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting will finally join WWE for the first time. Hulk Hogan having a role at Wrestlemania has been widely reported for months, too.
4) THE UNDERTAKER
The Undertaker breaks from hibernation around this time every year to defend the white whale of WWE, ‘the streak’. Taker’s 21-0 undefeated streak at Wrestlemania is one of the most outstanding parts of Wrestlemania every year, and this year will be another feature on the biggest show of the year. Undertaker defeating CM Punk last year at WM29 stole the show from Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson and John Cena in the main event. Undertaker bound for another fight to sustain his glory in a rumored bout at WM30 against former UFC and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.
5) THE STARS COULD RISE
One star goes away, another rises to take it’s place. WWE has several talented midcard wrestlers who can make their star burn brighter with Punk out of the picture. The young and hungry in WWE like Dolph Ziggler, Damian Sandow, and WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston are now at a starting line to race to cover that spot that Punk now leaves open in the semi-main event level.
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