Welcome back to Wrestling Re-Booking, where I take some popular storylines and put my own spin on them, because it’s always fun to wonder what if.
I’m continuing our two-part journey with CM Punk’s title reign. Previously, I put Punk off of TV for one month after winning in Chicago at Money In The Bank and returning to unify the titles from Alberto Del Rio.
Let’s continue where we left off, with Punk fending off Del Rio once more at Survivor Series.
I’d keep a lot of Punk’s reign the same way. Have him win the TLC bout against Del Rio and The Miz as well as defending the title against Dolph Ziggler at the 2012 Royal Rumble.
This time, we’re tweaking the rumble match with Chris Jericho winning instead of Sheamus. The reasoning behind this is not only making the WWE title important but also to establish everyone gunning after Punk. This would culminate at the Elimination Chamber, where Punk would successfully defend against Ziggler, Del Rio, The Miz, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
The story with Jericho can have even more time to build. Jericho can focus on teasing Punk with his past (which was very underrated) and can culminate at WrestleMania. Also keep their rematch at Extreme Rules to solidify their rivalry.
Changing the guard should commence at Over The Limit, where Punk and Bryan fought in an instant classic. Keep that with Punk on top only with inadvertent interference from John Laurinaitus (who feuded with Punk briefly) and AJ Lee (who had problems with Bryan at the time). That feud will stretch over to No Way Out and Money In The Bank. Keep those matches the exact same for fluidity.
After Money In The Bank, Punk comes out stating how he’s conquered the year. Cena comes out congratulating him and then stating how he’ll cash in his briefcase the next week. Punk agrees and acknowledges it.
The following week also brings The Rock out by himself (not interrupting Bryan and Punk’s exchange). Have Punk/Cena 2 commence with the same outcome! Big Show interferes, Rock cleans house and Punk attacks Rock.
That also means keeping SummerSlam and Night of Champions the same: Punk wins the triple threat between himself, Show and Cena. Punk and Cena go to a draw at Night of Champions.
A key ingredient is keeping Punk with Paul Heyman, since both complemented each other so well. We also cannot book injuries, but with that being said, let’s not have Ryback as his replacement. The reason being is it was too soon for Ryback to ascend to the main event scene. Replace him with a worker that will take care of Punk: Randy Orton.
Both have had history and Orton was due for a title shot. Have Punk go over on Orton at Hell In A Cell. Replace Ryback with Orton once again at Survivor Series with Punk and Cena’s triple threat. Punk retains, while The Shield debuts and attacking Orton.
Barring any injuries, Punk and Cena fight at TLC 2012 while The Shield takes on Orton, Kane and Bryan. Both The Shield and Punk win their bouts.
The Royal Rumble of 2013 would feature The Rock and Punk vying for the title. Tease The Shield interfering without the lightshow. Punk hits Rock with two GTS’s, hits Rock with the title for good measure and pins The Rock to close the show.
Rock reveals that he has a rematch clause and demands to use it at Elimination Chamber. The arrogant Punk agrees, only to lose to Rock at that event. His reign would’ve lasted a span of 20 months. The next night, Punk reveals he has a rematch clause and will use it at WrestleMania. Cena, who we still have winning the Royal Rumble, calls this unfair and wants The Rock for himself. The Rock says to both men that he doesn’t care who he faces and will take them both on, which is what exactly happens.
WrestleMania 29 closes with al three men fighting for the WWE title. Punk is a nonfactor, while Cena pins Rock to become the champion. This is when Punk and Rock take their respective hiatuses and the rest is history.
Who would Punk’s original opponent face at WrestleMania? Try a matchup we’ve never, ever seen before: The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho!
As you see, this makes Punk’s reign more credible with even more layers to his reign. The power corrupted him while providing a legitimate heel who fans want to see lose the title. Adding Heyman to the mix would only amplify the bouts with more prestige and a sense of urgency instead of borderline predictability.
At least Punk was able to hold the title for more than a year. At least we had that. Just imagine what could’ve been if certain things didn’t take place.
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