Tonight on Monday Night Raw, CM Punk outlasted the likes of Sheamus, Randy Orton and The Big Show in a Fatal Four Way match to win (if you consider this a prize) the right to meet The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29. This could be the perfect trade in opportunity for Punk since he is not wrestling for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Arguably, Punk could still be considered the ideal opponent for The Rock and John Cena for the title. However, Punk challenging The Undertaker for the opportunity to break his unprecedented winning streak may be the sole element to bypass the importance of once again holding the WWE Championship.
Punk and The Undertaker have a significant history already as Punk and Taker had a program with each other where Undertaker challenged and beat CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at Hell In A Cell 2009. That rivalry was short lived due to Punk still being in the “paying dues” stage of his WWE career, but this time is different. Punk has an opportunity to do something that no man has ever done and that is end the streak. And end the streak is what Punk will do.
Last year at Wrestlemania 28 when The Undertaker faced Triple H in the Hell in a Cell match, Taker was custom fit to win the match since it would’ve been his milestone 20th Wrestlemania victory. Taker’s victory last year was purely for merchandise purposes, since the T-shirt, hats and even the 20-0 DVD was released. It was only a smart business decision for Taker to win last year and the results were well worth the execution. So what does that mean for this year? There isn’t a chance at all that a 21-0 DVD will be released this summer. The Undertaker has been very vocal about his willingness and cooperation to end the streak at Wrestlemania if it means putting someone over. CM Punk defeating The Undertaker would elevate Punk to heel levels that would be unprecedented in the long run.
Essentially, The Undertaker does not even need this victory at Wrestlemania. Taker will always been honored and respected for all that he has done for the WWE. However, Punk being victorious over The Undertaker could be the one title that would be much larger than his 400+ day WWE Championship title reign. The benefits are endless.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports