by Brian Phelps
I thought the whole idea lately has been to build CM Punk up as the next "Face" of the company, but apparently I was wrong. I don't think they know what they want to do. I was under the influence that after CM Punk made the biggest headlines in Pro Wrestling since the Attitude Era that the logical thing to do would be to push him to the moon and start to phase Cena into more of a Shawn Michaels 2002-2010 role. John Cena has reached a point where losing cleanly wouldn't hurt his character because he's done everything you can do in the business. Like I said, I guess I'm wrong though. The fact that Punk couldn't gain a clean pin fall victory over Cena goes to show that Vince McMahon is too scared to go in a totally new direction. Even Hogan passed the torch to the Ultimate Warrior with a clean pin fall at Wrestlemania 6. Why can't Cena do the same for CM Punk? CM Punk not getting a real win over Cena starts to paint CM Punk as an almost semi-heel because he didn't win clean at MITB and he didn't win clean at Summerslam. They're doing to Punk what they've been doing to Christian on Smackdown in his feud with Randy Orton... and that's not allow the new generation of possible main eventers to take over. Vince is scared.
Then to add insult to injury they completely killed all the build and buzz around CM Punk by having him drop the title in a weak "run of the mill" MITB briefcase cash-in by Alberto Del Rio. Yes, the Kevin Nash run-in was shocking and unexpected... but why? I already know where they are going with that, but it's another blog post in itself. I'm glad Kevin Nash is back, but the way they brought him back is completely lame. They shouldn't bring back an over 50 year old Kevin Nash at the expense of CM Punk's super build. I already know they are most likely going to go with Nash being Del Rio's body guard, or to a lesser extent they will have The Game and Nash in some sort of "Kliq" related favor... or both.
The one thing that gets me though is the "Anti-TNA" WWE Fans (not to be confused with the average WWE Fans). The same "Anti-TNA" WWE iwc fans that were made fun of Kevin Nash in TNA and called him a washed up has been are the same ones that totally marked out for Nash at the Royal Rumble and marked out for him at Summerslam. When Nash was in TNA, those fans said he stunk and needed to retire. Now, they're cheering him on as one guy said "It's nice to see the Jack Knife one last time". What are you talking about? If you watched TNA, he's been doing Jack Knife's up until the beginning of January 2011. No one cared. Now, that he did it on WWE television... the Anti-TNA contingent are all about Kevin Nash wrestling and/or getting involved. I don't know... just funny to watch.
I'm happy Kevin Nash is back, but I hate that WWE dropped the ball with CM Punk big time. Punk should've pinned Cena cleanly to end the show. Then if you MUST have Del Rio cash in and have a 50 year old Kevin Nash bury CM Punk... then do it on RAW the next night. *Shakes head at WWE Creative*... It's bull that Vince wouldn't let Del Rio cash in on Cena... but he'll let him cash in on Punk. Then tonight on RAW, Rey Mysterio gets a title shot at Del Rio??? What happened to WWE's almighty "rematch clause" that Cena cries every time he loses the World Title. Shouldn't Punk be getting a rematch? Or, at the very least Cena as much as I don't want to see Cena in a title match? *Shakes head in disbelief*