The stakes in this match have never been higher. And no one truly knows what will happen.
At Money in the Bank
, the main event in John Cena
defending the WWE Championship
against Internet-favorite CM Punk
. Normally, it's easy to know who the winner is, as Cena always overcomes the odds and saves the day. However, this time is different. There's an aura surrounding this match, blurring the line between scripted and shoot.
It's been known for a while through the dirt sheets that CM Punk's contract expired in July and Punk was considering not resigning due to feeling underutilized. CM Punk truly believes he's the best wrestler in the world, and it's hard to argue that. So when Punk won the #1 contendership for the title, many of us thought this was just a way to make him consider re-signing. But then, this promo happened.
CM Punk was "suspended" for this rant, but John Cena pleaded with Vince McMahon
to have him re-instated and to have the match. McMahon reluctantly agreed, but the condition is that if Punk leaves the WWE with the championship, Cena is fired.
So what will happen at Money in the Bank
? Honestly, I don't know. But here are some possibilities.
CM Punk wins: Cena fired, new championship made
In the scenario, CM Punk pulls out the victory in his hometown, and McMahon fires Cena. Punk actually leaves, but Vince vacates the championship to prevent him from defending it elsewhere. A tournament leading up to SummerSlam is announced, with a brand new championship belt being introduced. Cena is gone, but will eventually come back for some stupid reason or another. Why would this work:
It seems a bit unexpected. A lot of people don't think Vince has the balls to let CM Punk win his last match in his hometown for the title. Cena disappearing would also be another twist to this, as when this stipulation was announced many fans believed this ensured a Cena win. Plus, I'm getting sick of that title belt. This would be the perfect opportunity to make a new design. This'll sell a lot more replicas.
John Cena wins: Punk leaves, Cena faces Del Rio at SummerSlam
In the scenario, John Cena overcomes the odds. Perhaps even McMahon gets involved to ensure he wins. After this, he continues to put pressure on Cena to hold on to that title to make sure the WrestleMania match against The Rock
is for the title, because he knows it'll sell the pay-per-view. He then goes against Alberto Del Rio
at SummerSlam since he already won a #1 Contender Match. Why this would work:
This is probably the safest solution. No extra drama, nothing to unexpected, and Cena would get a storyline to lead him into his match with The Rock. They've already painted McMahon as only caring about making money now, so why not keep him around as a villain?
CM Punk wins: Sides with McMahon and resigns, Cena fights to get back
In this scenario, McMahon screws John Cena and Punk aligns with him. CM Punk signs a new contract and they get rid of John Cena. However, John Cena sees this as odds to overcome and just like when Wade Barrett
fired him, he never truly goes away. He just keeps trying to get back at them until he's finally reinstated and wins the belt back before WrestleMania. Why this would work: RAW
needs a strong heel, and aligning with McMahon would make a great CM Punk even greater. It first worked when he took over the Nexus, so why not? Also some of the WWE's biggest faces of all time squared off with McMahon (I'm look at you, Stone Cold Steve Austin). This could be an attempt to get Cena over before the crowd completely splits in two when he faces The Rock. He needs all the help he can get.
John Cena wins: CM Punk refuses to go out like that, seeks revenge
This is probably the least likely scenario. In this one, John Cena cleanly wins the match, but CM Punk refuses to leave without the belt. He hastily resigns a new contract and becomes obsessed with winning the title. Why this would work
: I doubt anyone wants CM Punk to leave. He's one of the best things going, and right now he's hotter than ever. This would be an excuse for CM Punk to stay around and give him the permanent main event spot he deserves. This isn't very likely to happen, but it'd keep both the belt on Cena leading up to the build for WrestleMania and CM Punk around because he's just so damn good at what he does.
What do you think?
Which of these outcomes do you think will happen? Or do you have your own solution? Please let us know in the comments below!