Written by Christian Miller
What a crazy week in the WWE Universe. This past week, two revelations came to life that have shaken the WWE’s next pay per view, TLC, to its very core. What you say could be so drastic as to change the entire landscape of not only the pay per view, but the WWE as well?
Well how about WWE Champion CM Punk having to undergo emergency knee surgery? Not crazy enough? How about John Cena getting his second shot at a Money In The Bank briefcase in the same year?
We will start things off with the WWE Champion.
This past week on Monday Night Raw, CM Punk and Paul Heyman came out with the WWE Encyclopedia. Heyman talked for a bit about how there isn’t enough information in it about CM Punk, and spoke of him being on a WWE version of Mt. Rushmore (which is hilarious).
Punk then talked about The Shield for a few moments before former champion The Miz interrupted him. After going back and forth, Miz challenged Punk to take a lie detector test on MizTV, to which Punk agreed. Miz then called Heyman a human walrus. Good luck picturing that in your head without laughing.
A few matches later, Vince McMahon announced that if CM Punk was found to be lying and failed the lie detector test, Paul Heyman would have to face Ryback on Raw this week.
So later in the night, Punk came out to the ring and was strapped up to the lie detector.
The Miz then asked some questions and eventually The Shield interrupted. They beat The Miz down and hit him with their triple power bomb.
Kane and Daniel Bryan run out to save Miz, who then started going at it with Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns. Eventually Ryback ran out and after doing the usual Terminator routine, power bombed CM Punk through the table.
The next day, it was announced that CM Punk was legitimately rushed into emergency knee surgery. Whether it was from the table, or a preexisting injury, it’s not known.
Thankfully though, he will not have to vacate his title. Which is good. He just barely passed John Cena’s reign of 380 days as WWE Champion to become the longest reigning champion of the past 25 years.
What is known however is that CM Punk will miss TLC but will probably be healed in time to face The Rock at Royal Rumble in January.
Taking the place of his match, it was announced on Smackdown that Kane and Daniel Bryan would team with Ryback to take on The Shield in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at TLC.
So what does this mean for Raw? I’ll tell you what it means. We are finally going to see an even 3 on 3 show down to give one of the teams momentum rolling into the pay per view. My guess is that even though he didn’t technically fail, we will still have to see Ryback VS Paul Heyman. Shield will interrupt the match since Punk will be physically unable to, and take it to Ryback. Bryan and Kane will then run out and we will see some fisticuffs.
Now onto something a bit crazier, in my opinion. In recent months, the rivalry between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler has gotten extremely heated. We have seen Ziggler spear Cena through bathroom stalls. We have seen Cena STF Ziggler from behind. We have seen Ziggler hit Cena with his Money in the Bank briefcase.
We all knew it was building to some sort of match. It was inevitable. Besides, if Ziggler wants to become the World Heavyweight Champion, he has to beat the top dog. Clearly, a victory over Cena would no doubt propel him to super stardom.
Well, the road to their clash got a crazy speed bump last Monday on Raw, when Vince McMahon convinced Vickie Guerrero to make the match between the two at TLC a ladder match.
Understandably, Vickie was confused. After all, you can’t a ladder match without some sort of title belt to hang from the ring, right?
Then, Vince McMahon told Vickie that Dolph’s Money in the Bank briefcase could be suspended above the ring.
That’s right. Cena has the unprecedented chance to hold two Money in the Bank briefcases in the same year.
Ziggler was obviously angry, and argued with Vickie, planting the seeds for their inevitable split. So, as it stands there are now two outcomes for what could happen at TLC.
One. Cena wins the case from Dolph Ziggler. If this were to happen, I don’t see any reason to believe why he wouldn’t cash it in on the same night and become the new World Heavyweight Champion. But then what of Ziggler?
Well, if that were the case, I believe we would see a newly focused Dolph Ziggler enter the Royal Rumble, win it and then immediately declare that he will be facing Cena at Wrestlemania for the World Heavyweight Title. And a good bit of revenge.
This would leave the WWE Championship picture clear for a (hopefully) streak VS streak bout between CM Punk and Undertaker. That’s assuming that someone like Brock Lesnar interferes in the Rock Punk match at Royal Rumble. (And no, those aren’t baseless claims. Rumor has it the Undertaker is very keen on a streak VS streak match for the WWE title at Mania.)
What if Ziggler can defeat Cena though? Well if that were the case, Big Show better have eyes in the back of his dang head. If Ziggler can beat Cena at TLC, he will cement his place as one of the top wrestlers in the business, and there will be no reason to not cash in his briefcase. This would leave Cena free to have a Rock VS Cena rematch at Mania. That’s assuming that Rock beats Punk for the WWE title.
Whatever happens, all I know is that I can’t wait for the TLC pay per view. What about you? Sound off in the comments section below.