Punk vs. Bryan – What Would Have Been?
Added by DieHard Derek on June 26, 2012.
Does it upset anyone that CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan has virtually been wasted by WWE creative? If you really think back to what these two guys mean to wrestling fans, then you may get a better understanding of where I am going with this.
It has nothing to do with the work ethic of these wrestlers and nothing to do with how they have performed against each other in the ring. But it has everything to do with how the WWE has pissed away a golden opportunity to to showcase a classic and make a move that is long over due.
Ring of Honor loyalist creamed in their pants when the worlds of Punk and Bryan collided prior to Wrestlenmania when both men worn the top prize for their respective brands. What was the point of having a series of champion vs. champion matches if it did nothing to lead into Wrestlemania? I have no clue. But now that Bryan is strapless, I can see where it makes sense to revisit the rivalry. Only this time, it’s part of a horrendous love triangle.. or four way now that Kane is in the mix. What this feud should be about… is wrestling. It should be a clinic to prove who the real “best in the world” really is. It should be the ultimate fantasy dream match for those who followed their careers through the independent rankings and through the growth and success of Ring of Honor. This should be the ultimate match to unify the WWE titles and declare one undisputed champion.
Seeing how both men have gained popularity, a loyal following, the ability to draw money and headline an event – why is it being wasted now? Why not position it for a bigger stage? Perhaps, Wrestlemania?
Is there where WWE politics comes into play again? Is this yet another prime example of the young talent playing second fiddle to egomaniacs? Are the young and hungry talent in their prime who are actualy wearing the gold around their waste lost in the dark shadow of building up Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, and the enormous egos of John Cena and John Laurinaitis?
Again, let me be clear – this has nothing to do with the quality of matches we’ve been seeing. But it’s a match on a stage and scale that REAL wrestling fans have longed for. So why blow it for nothing?
Do you think these matches are being wasted away? Or in this day and age, does it not matter anymore when and where and how many times these matches take place?
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