The Stomping Ground: Thoughts on Undertaker vs CM Punk
by Mike Gojira on February 28, 2013

Last Monday night’s main event has sparked quite a bit of conversation here at the Pulse. I for one thought it was a brilliant piece of storytelling as John Cena, the fallen hero, finally overcame one of his personal demons and decisively defeated arch-rival CM Punk. After the stellar year CM Punk had (even with the ups and downs of his heel turn), I’m not the least bit upset that Cena won. After all, it had to happen at some point, and what better place than during the “Road to Redemption” angle? I am, however, mildly annoyed at the prospect of the return to the status quo with Cena’s eventual victory over The Rock in what is so clearly a foregone conclusion. For the sake of the story, it has to happen, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it.

With Rock vs Cena II and Triple H vs Brock Lesnar II set in stone, as well as Alberto del Rio’s title match against Jack Swagger on the horizon, the next match that requires build is the long-rumored bout between Punk and the returning Undertaker. When I first heard that such a match was in the works, my first thought was that Punk was going to be fed to the Undertaker’s streak. If you’ll recall in late 2009, Punk was in a feud with the Undertaker over the World Heavyweight Championship and was booked to look pathetic throughout. Rumors of a backstage slight courtesy of Punk led to speculation that Punk was being punished for his actions.

Had it not been for Punk’s historic title reign of the past year, I would have expected much of the same this April.

Now that Phil Brooks has established himself as a force to be reckoned with (hell, he was entrusted with the WWE Championship for OVER 400 DAYS), I’m actually more confident than ever that he might actually get the Undertaker and Vince McMahon’s blessing to do the unthinkable: kill The Streak.

The Undertaker reached his 20-0 milestone last year in what was billed as the “End of an Era.” Fast forward one full year and both men in that match are wrestling AGAIN, so what exactly “ended”? The WWE released the nice, round-numbered “20-0″ DVD last year. There’s really no reason to keep it going at this point, in my honest opinion, and I know that will garner some heated responses in the comments section below. I think CM Punk is the man to end The Streak and shock the world.

Besides, how great would it be for Undertaker to be humbled by CM Punk, let the guy tout about it for a full year, and then have Taker return at Wrestlemania XXX to get his revenge and retire in a blaze of glory?

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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  • CB40

    Well, if anyone was going to end THE STREAK, it would be CM Punk. Or Steven Gepp.

    Except THE STREAK will never end, and the Undertaker still has one big WrestleMania opponent left for WrestleMania XXX … and that is John Cena.

    Yeah, I know that isn’t what people want to hear, but it’s bound to happen and so I think Punk loses the match this year.

    Oh, and there’s that Brock Lesnar fellow too…

  • BD

    Gojira, your idea is awesome, and I’d love if that happened. I gotta go with CB though – IF the streak is ever broken, the ONLY one who has a shot at it is Cena. I’d be shocked if anyone else, Punk included, broke it.

    Also – remember that Cena winning was a “foregone conclusion” last year as well. On that Roundtable, TEN of the writers picked Cena to win and thought it was a slam dunk. ONLY me and Sanders correctly figured it would be Rock. And with Rock sticking around, I don’t think Cena winning is a foregone conclusion here either. I certainly think there’s a better chance this year, and I wouldn’t be shocked or anything, but… yeah. Hardly a lock. In my opinion.

  • Mike Gojira

    The reason why I’m more certain about Cena’s chances this year is due to the fact that Rock’s current run is over after Mania. Therefore, i sincerely doubt he’ll be champ for months until Summerslam when the belt obviously must be defended in the ensuing months.

  • BilderbergSuperstar

    Good idea , but the streak is most likely bulletproof until his retirement….I could see Cena or Kane ending it if they ever choose to…

  • Mark Satrang

    Streak wn’t end. Period. Cena is the only option but at this point he doesn’t need it.

  • Zork

    Personally, I think they’re better off letting Undertaker leave with it. It’s gotten so big now (like my penis) that having somebody get that win would be like an albatross around said guy’s neck. What if that guy get’s crippled and can’t ever wrestle again? What if they retire shortly after or just quit? There’s a lot of what ifs, they’re better off leaving it alone as a type of legend within WWE lore.

  • Starcade

    I’d have believed you until the Cena-Punk match went to the doghouse.

    Now I have to think that they will have to look at the possibility (and only that) of how Rock could hold on to the title with his out-of-WWE schedule.

  • Starcade

    I think it’d be a good way to get Cena off the title chase and actually give them both the match that I have to believe the Universe would want.

  • Mark Satrang

    Oh I absolutely agree. It’s the biggest draw they have for WrestleMania XXX (other than Rock-Brock), but I think Undertaker should still win.

  • CB40

    Mark I’d love to know what your Mania card would be provided the top 4 matches are set as Cena-Rock, HHH-Brock, Taker-Punk and Swagger-Del Rio.

    With those four one on one matches, how does everyone else make the card? My suggestion is tag team money in the bank.

  • flamingwombat

    Taker’s streak should never be broken.

  • Mark Satrang

    Oh man, they have done just a terrible job of building up the midcard this year haven’t they? Off the top of my head I would guess a Ryback/Orton/Sheamus-Shield six man, Team Hell No defend in a fatal four way, some sort of Divas match and then maybe the match to get everyone on the card would be a double ladder match or gauntlet match of some sort for both the US and IC Titles. Ziggler would either be in that or just not be booked officially, but rather tease a cash-in for that night. It’s not a real solid prediction but they have just been awful this year in laying the foundation for the rest of the card.

  • CB40

    They probably figure that the four main events — especially Rock-Cena II, Brock-HHH II and Punk-Taker (which is also a II, mind you) — will sell the show. But it would be nice to have something for guys like Cesaro, Bryan, Kane, Kofi, The Shield, Ryback, Sheamus, Orton, Big Show, Henry, Miz, Truth, Sandow and Rhodes to do, to name a few.

    Also, I still want my Goldust vs. Cody match! ;)

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    I’m a fan minority in that I think the Streak SHOULD be broken, but not by Punk. Punk is already established, a certified main-eventer. If the streak is broken it NEEDS to be by an up-and-comer with all the tools who’s clearly already on his way to permanent stardom, for whom claiming the streak would boost his stock immeasurably. Someone like Barrett or Cody. Or even in total pipe-dream mode Danielson. But that’ll never happen. They won’t break the streak for anyone, not EVEN Cena. Taker retires undefeated at ‘Mania, period. It’s just how it is.

  • BD

    “If the streak is broken it NEEDS to be by an up-and-comer with all the tools who’s clearly already on his way to permanent stardom, for whom claiming the streak would boost his stock immeasurably.”

    I agree. I think that…

    “Someone like Barrett or Cody.”

    Ha. Never mind.

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    As always Blair, your personal dislike of someone doesn’t negate how over they are.

  • Zork

    I wouldn’t go as far to say that Barrett is over. Cody is over because he has a mustache and he’s being mocked not hated. How long will that last?

  • BD

    Yeah, I’ll go ahead and file that along with the ones where people say I hate EVERYTHING. That’s obviously not accurate, there are tons of guys who I don’t like but I acknowledge are over. People like to throw that around when they don’t agree with my point.

    I knew you were on the lower end of an evolutionary gap that you and I face, but this is silly even for you. Both Cody and Wade’s career progression ALONE should be enough to dissuade you from thinking this is a good idea. I could really get on board with your original thought that the streak SHOULD be broken by an up-and-comer that’s clearly already on their way to permanent stardom, but the problem is, I honestly don’t see that person existing in WWE right now. Punk is past that point, they quite obviously don’t take Bryan seriously enough, and Cody and Wade? They’d be lucky to get ON the WrestleMania card at this point, and you know what? Anyone could give a shit whether they were on there or not.

    Shit, if Wade and Cody are “up-and-comers with all the tools who are clearly already on their way to permanent stardom”, then Jack Swagger, The Miz, and Damien Sandow are great candidates to beat Undertaker as well then, no?

  • Mike Gojira

    That is a shame, as I enjoyed Cody’s run as IC Champ…which was wasted on a Big Show “feel-good” moment at Wrestlemania.

    Since Barrett’s return from surgery, he’s done absolutely NOTHING for me.

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    *laughs* The only “gap” between us Blair is in IQ. Mine is in triple digits. I’d be surprised if yours surpassed singles. Run along now back to your campfire under the nearest bridge.

  • flamingwombat

    I hate to compliment Blair, but in terms of the discernible intelligence level of each of your posts, he is Damien Sandow and you are the ring bell.

  • BD

    And I hate to agree with Wombat… except in this case.

  • Zork

    If Blair’s IQ were in single digits he wouldn’t even be able to use a computer.

  • Zork

    I thought Cody did a decent job of trying to get the IC title over again…if not him then the writers. At least the thought about it for once, problem was it didn’t really work at all. The only thing that’s different now is the title has gone back to it’s older look of late 80s to late 90s and it has the white strap again.

    As for Barret, he’s not done shit since the Nexus angle ended. Really, he’s done nothing of note at all other than change his entrance theme to something really bad and have a downgrade in the finishing moves department. Can he really not do something like a Pumphandle Slam or a Powerbomb or something?

  • Steven Gepp

    Who cares? It’s the Undertaker, he won’t lose, and because Punk isn’t one of the “old boys” Undertaker will stiff his match and it’ll suck and Punk will get blamed and by the time of WM30 we’ll be watching Punk/Aries battle it out on the undercard of an ROH iPPV watched by 30 diehards. It’ll be a great match – probably MOTY – but no-one will see it, no-one will care, and the wank-fest that will undoubtedly be Undertaker-Cena will win MOTY2014, despite the fact the match will consist of 15 minutes of lying around “selling”, 5 minutes of kicking out of one another’s finishers and maybe 5 minutes of punches and kicks. Oh, and expect to see a suplex. Maybe. If Undertaker can still take the bump.

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    He barely can NOW. Not big on grasping snark are you?

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    *laughs* And your opinion matters why? You’re hardly the picture of intellect.

  • Penny Sautereau-Fife

    Go nuts, you’re both mistaken.

    Seriously Blair, I NEVER target you, I only ever REPLY to you. If you want to still deny your trolling of me isn’t based on some inexplicable sexist personal grudge, go nuts, but your bore me and these little tete-a-tetes you insist on starting with me only detract from the actual discussions about the product. If you don’t like my opinions, which I so rarely even offer compared to your daily rambling, so be it. But grow up and stop derailing every thread I comment on with your silly juvenile grudge. If you never made your sad childish jabs at me, I’d happily forget you existed.

    Seriously Blair, let it the f*ck go already. No one cares what you think of me. Do like I do and talk about THE PRODUCT. Leave your petty beefs at the door.

    And on that note, as always, I’m done acknowledging you on this thread. Some of us actually have lives outside this site y’know.


  • BD

    Yes, I mentioned Barrett or Cody breaking the UT streak because it has nothing to do with the product, and the only reason I think it’s a dumbass idea is because you’re a woman and I can’t let that go.

    You have me so figured out.

  • Zork

    It’s not snarky so much as it is too ridiculous to be funny.

  • Old School

    The Streak will never be broken period!

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