The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

CM Punk already lays claim to the longest WWE Championship reign of the modern era, and at The Showcase of the Immortals, the irreverent Superstar will try to make history again by doing what no man before him has been able to accomplish: snap The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak.

At a perfect 20-0, The Deadman’s record at The Grandest Stage of Them All is arguably the most revered feat in all of sports-entertainment, so it is only fitting that a Superstar who insists he is The Best in the World has now chosen to take aim at it so vehemently.

The Straight Edge Savior fought his way into the coveted position by triumphing over former World Champions Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show in a Fatal 4-Way Match arranged by Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero on the March 4 Raw. Now, the Superstar who is known for holding absolutely nothing sacred seeks to blemish the mightiest of records.

Obstructing Punk’s quest for immortality, however, is WWE’s one and only Phenom. Footage of The Undertaker at a WWE Live Event surfaced in late February, and The Deadman materialized for Punk and the entire WWE Universe to see on the March 4 edition of Raw. Although The Undertaker’s in-ring appearances have been few and far between since last year’s WrestleMania, ring rust is unlikely to be a factor for the legendary Demon of Death Valley, who has repeatedly proven to be all but unbeatable the one day of the year when it matters most.

Still, there is little reason to believe the fearless Punk — who already holds a rare and controversial submission victory over The Phenom — will be intimidated when he enters MetLife Stadium. Punk apologists and neutralists alike concede that the tattooed proprietor of the “pipe bomb” has been stellar in recent years, accumulating high-stakes victories over John Cena and even “unofficially” pinning The Rock at two consecutive pay-per-views.

Perpetually believing himself snubbed by WWE upper management, Punk decries the fact he’s never headlined The Show of Shows. Yet, in challenging The Undertaker’s Streak head-on, The Straight Edge Savior arguably finds himself involved in the one WrestleMania contest possible of overshadowing even the World Championship matches.

CM Punk contends he transcends the WWE Title, WrestleMania and WWE all wrapped into one — a lofty claim that others have assigned to The Undertaker and his Streak. The outspoken Superstar has even gone so far as to call himself “God,” but for the defiant ex-champion to attain unimpeachable greatness, he must first pass through WrestleMania’s ultimate gatekeeper on April 7. (HOW TO WATCH)

6 Comments on “The Undertaker vs. CM Punk”

  1. Ahhh…the predictions have come true. “Dead Man Down” sucks, and has the box office to prove it. No better will fare “The Call”.
    And certainly the stupidest mistake, the one predicated most upon the unwillingness of WWE to accept that being a leader of Pro Wrestling is not a shameful place to be, and can in fact position one to be the revolutionary of a unique American form of entertainment—is CM Punk vs. The Undertaker.
    Perhaps, as seems apparent, Undertaker is an old school guy and will put over the new star. Regardless—where would this new star go from there? Back into a creatively stunted backwater meant to push cheap merchandise to an ever-shrinking base of ten-year olds while its parent company wastes money on movies released into the vacuum of the early spring movies—the place where movies are placed that everyone knows already suck?
    Perhaps if WWE made good on the promise that Punk got so much press over making—that of change–maybe then there would be a future. To mature the stories—to define the characters. To not rely on faces of the past and modes of the past but on the future.
    Those interested can find a fascinating article on WWE.com about stars “that didn’t get what they deserved”. Hilarious—put out as propaganda by the very company that in the cases of most the wrestlers screwed them.
    Vince has NEVER been a genius. People all too often confuse being rich with smarts. Not even close to the same thing. Ruining Terry Taylor. The Gobbeldy-Gooker…being threatened by a moron like Bischoff who only had the basic thought to do things slightly differently and nothing else to offer…choosing the boring and uninteresting Randy Orton over helping to develop the potential within Ken Kennedy—-it goes on and on. Or how about letting Captain Charisma walk away in 2005 when he had the indefinable spark of something special that needed to be kindled and set to blaze? An entire historical era that never happened. Not only good for Christian–but good for business.
    The only successes McMahon ever had were those who came to the table with their OWN ability and gimmicks. Foley made himself. Austin did. Punk has. However, given enough time, he stifles and fails to help nurture the potential in all of them—and fails to lead wrestling into an era of respectability for what it is—much like comics were able to do for themselves.
    All of the best talent on hand today is spread across companies which cannot compete with McMahon’s Nazi regime. Those who made it to the columns of jackboots are not used well. Ziggler has talent. He needs to be given a creative and consistent gimmick to use it with. it’s hard to do that when nobody at WWE is actually creative.
    Punk exists in his best form in an evolving and maturing WWE—and that isn’t happening. It’s bad enough that it’s back to Rock/Cena. Worse is that Punk is given a lose/lose situation as the only new talent being given even a half-assed chance. He loses to the Undertaker, and there isn’t much to say about it. Or he is booked to win—and has nowhere to go afterwards.
    In a different world maybe, he’d go on to feud with Samoa Joe, the winner of which would scrape to the top to face Johnny Moxley as the dangerous and mentally unstable new champion, who was crowned at Wrestlemania after a lengthy storyline in which he destroyed John Cena and forever moved past Cena’s era.
    Now I sound like the typical IWC a##wipe—but it remains a damned shame that things aren’t what they should be. WWE can try to garner support by experimenting with admitting that they made mistakes. However, when those mistakes aren’t even talked about honestly and you keep making the same ones over and over anyway…eventually there lies dissolution. And since Vince has so kindly made sure that he is in effect ALL of pro wrestling that matters—-when WWE falls–so does an entire American tradition. Thanks a lot.

  2. I have to say first that I’m one of what are probably a lot of fans who are waiting for wrestling to be entertaining again, or as it seems Nyarlathotep said in a lengthy way above—for wrestling to move into the future. At his point I use Youtube to catch up each week on the “important” segments, and I no longer watch Raw or order PPVs.
    Why? Here’ what I saw in summary this week:
    1.) The Prime Time Players in a stupid sterotype joke. When someone of the creativity of Dave Chapelle does something like this, it’s funny. When WWE creatvie does it–it’s so stupid that it’s hard to even call it racist and insulting. Although not that hard.
    2.) Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns are so secondary and have so little direction that you can even go substituting Big Slow for Ryback at this point and it makes no difference. The Shield was a half-dumb way to introduce dynamic new performers that has now become all of the way dumb.
    3.) The reveal of the HHH stipulation was pretty dumb as well and not much of a stipulation, and I don’t think I’m the only one who was uncomfortable and a little pissed off watching Heyman get manhandled by HHH. Plus, the way HHH did it was a little homoerotic, like watching a rough ’em up porn video. Great job…and why again is WWE the hero and Heyman the villain? Heyman’s “stable” of Punk, Lesnar, The Shield, etc are the only interesting characters any more. So why are the audience taught to jeer him? Sad also that these brainwashed feebs keep reacting the way that they’re told to. Ultimately it isn’t goof for anyone.
    4.) I get the Punk thing. The best way to challenge the Undertaker is to destroy his “otherwordly” aura by humanizing him with derogatory humor. But does this equal a build to making a match that lets Punk look good? There’s a point where you pass heel heat and just become someone that nobody wants to see. A villain against the Undertaker should seem threatening, especially if that villain is supposed to look like a threat to the “Streak”. The sadistic, manipulative Punk of the SES variety would have been a better choice. Taking aspects of that version of Punk’s heel character and integrating it into this “feud” seems like it might have been a better idea.
    Overall—its’ f$$king embarassing how bad WWE is. Like watching monkeys trying to hump a greased football.
    The only difference between TNA and WWE now is production values and attendance. We need a new wrestling organization with national distribution. I don’t think it’s gonna happen, though.

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