Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pipe Bomb, part deux ... oh, and The Rock came back too


On the first episode of Monday Night Raw in 2013, CM Punk unleashed his second "pipe bomb" promo and met face-to-face with his Royal Rumble opponent, The Rock.

Unlike his initial pipe bomb promo in 2011, which saw Punk become an antihero for speaking his mind about his problems with WWE (and garnering a lot of mainstream attention for doing so), his second go-around was a lot more storyline driven. Punk is now a heel and was expressing his dissatisfaction with the fans for turning on him.

Punk did, however, make several good points about how fickle the fans are, and how it pays more to be funny and kid-friendly in the WWE than to be the best wrestler in the world, mentioning the watered-down WWE versions of Daniel Bryan and Brodus Clay.

He also made a great point about his one-year-plus reign as WWE Champion and how extraordinary it is in this day and age. Bruno Sammartino has the longest championship reign at 7-plus years, but in 1970's era WWE, the title was defended only once a month, if that. Punk may have been exaggerating when he said that if he defended once a month he would reign for 30 years, but the reality is that reigns of that nature don't exist anymore and what Punk is doing is very special.

Cue The Rock.

When The Rock came back last year for one more match at WrestleMania, everybody thought the world-famous movie star had a break in his schedule and came back to have some fun. His match against John Cena broke WresleMania buyrate records and led to a successful DVD compilation looking at their feud.

Over the summer, The Rock returned to Monday Night Raw and announced that he had a title shot at this January's Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Speculation ran rampant about what was going to happen. The most logical thing is that Rock will win the title from Punk and then lose to John Cena in a rematch at WrestleMania 29.

People wondered how Rock could win the title and not be a full-time WWE wrestler during the most important months of the WWE calendar - the build to WrestleMania. Well, to answer that, respected wrestling news site PWINSIDER.com has released what is believed to be Rock's upcoming WWE schedule, and he is basically a full-time wrestler for the next few months. He will be appearing on nearly every episode of Monday Night Raw from now until WrestleMania.

He could very conveivably become the WWE Champion later this month.

The best thing going in WWE right now is CM Punk. One of the best things ever is The Rock. This feud has already taken on a much more serious tone than Rock's last feud with Cena. This will be a huge deal and the television leading up to the Royal Rumble will be very entertaining to watch.

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