Last night, we saw one of the greatest books ever written add yet another chapter into its storied pages.
Two of this era’s greatest rivals, John Cena and CM Punk, would face off yet again, this time with a trip to WrestleMania on the line. To no ones surprise, the two would put on one of the best matches in recent memory, as both men pulled out all the stops looking to become the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship.
We saw John Cena hit Punk with a power bomb and Hurikanrana, and Punk hit his adversary with a piledriver, but none of those moves could yield a victory. Then, out of nowhere, Cena hit his patented Attitude Adjustment, finally proving that he could indeed defeat Punk, a man who has had Cena’s number in the ring for years.
The match had a vibe to it that was simply indescribable, as it truly felt like something that should be taking place on a stage such as WrestleMania, rather than simply on Raw. It was truly something to behold, as the crowd was electrified throughout the bout, despite no appearances from The Undertaker or The Rock.
This match didn’t need either of those men though, as CM Punk and John Cena crafted the early front runner for 2013 Match of the Year by combining beautifully written storytelling and technical wrestling in a way very few can.
Very few men can turn what is basically a regular main event on Raw into something that feels truly special, something worthy of a WrestleMania main event rather than a Raw main event, and those men are John Cena and CM Punk.
The two have made countless matches feel like WrestleMania main events, but now it’s time for the two to actually face off their. It’s time for John Cena vs. CM Punk at WrestleMania.
Every great rivalry, Stone Cold vs The Rock, Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels, Andre The Giant vs Hulk Hogan, has been defined by a WrestleMania moment, a moment that will forever live on through the memory of fans who witnessed it live, fans who tell their kids about it, and so on and so forth.
For Andre and Hulk, it would be the Hulkster stunning the world and body slamming Andre in a moment that continues to be the be all end all of WrestleMania moments, a moment that would shoot Hulk Hogan into an entire new stratosphere.
For Y2J and HBK, it would be them stealing the show at WrestleMania 19, putting on one of the greatest performances of all time in the process. Magic is truly rare, and that night, the two legends certainly captured it, as they would put on one of the defining matches of both mens storied careers.
Then there is Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, arguably the greatest rivalry of all time, who would put on 3 separate WrestleMania matches, each one better than the last. When it comes to pure chemistry in the ring together, Rocky and Austin may be the poster boys, as they put on countless matches in the Attitude Era, helping to send WWE and wrestling hurtling into a whole new area of popularity.
Punk and Cena, Cena and Punk, no matter what way you spin it, the two were simply destined for a match at ‘Mania.
John Cena, the clean shaven face of the WWE who has become public enemy #1 by most IWC members. A man who is one of the most charismatic individuals in the history of Pro Wrestling, allowing him to send fans on a ride of emotion the likes of which may never be challenged again.
CM Punk, the tattoo’d, bearded, Straight Edge Superstar who has kicked and clawed his way to the top of WWE, becoming one of the most beloved wrestlers in history in the process.
Together, they tell one hell of a story, a story that has helped to write the greatest book of my generations fan. That story is something that I am proud to say that I’ve been able to witness in first person.
There is one more match that can join the long history of WrestleMania moments. One more match that will be talked about for ages. One more match that fans need to see.
CM Punk vs. John Cena at WrestleMania. A fitting finale to the greatest book of my generation.