Why Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens Could Have a Feud for the Ages – by Mike Sanchez

There are times when WWE never ceases to amaze; whether it’s putting on a huge spectacle of a PPV that leaves audiences breathless with the high quality of talent on show, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, insisting the WWE Universe wants nothing more than to see Lana’s love life played out as the Raw ‘Main Event’ week after week. Perhaps I’m being disingenuous with that last point, but I honestly don’t know any fans who want to see more of this tepid love triangle. I get the aim is to push Rusev, but if that means having to endure the tawdry, drawn-out saga week upon week, then it’s a hard pass from me.

There are times when WWE strikes gold purely by accident; perhaps a big star gets injured and the last-minute replacement has an epic match or gets the opportunity to deliver the promo of their lives, solidifying themselves at the top of the tree (see Austin 3:16 promo and the unintentional opportunity he was given at that time in the company). I think WWE are close to striking gold again soon, and though both players in this potential feud (Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens) aren’t diamonds in the rough and genuine stars in their own right, I believe it’ll only bear fruit now due to the history both men have with the company, their current standing in the roster and their interaction and perception with the fans. Wrestling fans are a fickle bunch and a wrestler’s stock with fans is as up and down as a roller coaster, but if you strike just a right point, something special can happen.

For whatever reason, Seth Rollins’ face run hasn’t taken off like I, and many fans, would like it to have. I don’t dislike the guy, but there’s an issue that I can’t quite put my finger on that is hindering him from being THE guy for Monday Night Raw. The crowds cheer for his entrance and there’s no doubting his ability, but the connection just isn’t there. I think Roman Reigns had a similar issue when he was pushed as a top guy and the crowd reacted negatively to that quite early in his run. Perhaps they weren’t as much as the sum of their parts when they were The Shield. That ship has long sailed and served its purpose now John Moxley is doing his own thing in AEW, leaving his old persona behind. Maybe the WWE crowd loved The Shield, but aren’t all that keen on the individual members going solo.

I’ve always preferred Rollins as a heel and he can play the chickenshit coward with aplomb, but again, I believe he should be more confident in that role and if he’s going to be the bad guy, be a nasty, vindictive, horrible wrestler who may be bad, but faces his opponents head on. WWE could really do with more of those. Rollins also doesn’t play well with others. The Shield aside, his alliances never last long, always leaving him alone and fighting to climb the ladder once more. This is in stark contrast to Kevin Owens who appears to be equally comfortable with whatever role he’s given. He works well in teams, like when he was paired with Chris Jericho, he can lead others, like in NXT and is simply not afraid to stand on his own two feet and face anyone – even if it means getting his ass kicked. That’s the character of Kevin Owens.

This past Monday, I watched the interaction between Rollins and Owens that kicked off the show and there were several observations I made that want me to see these two go off against one another in a program. Owens transcends with the crowd better than Rollins and that’s no mean feat considering English isn’t his first language. Without harking back to, or comparing him with Steve Austin as I think that wouldn’t be fair, Owens has that ‘everyman’ connection that resonates with fans. Though he’s not going to be beating up his boss anytime soon (he already did that with Shane McMahon), he is positioned (in real life and in the show) as a guy who turns up for work, puts in the hours, gives the best he can give and yet is still somehow not in the spotlight. His hard work and talent going unrewarded in regards to titles.

Rollins thinks of himself as the leader of the Raw locker room. He sees himself as the face of the brand and takes personal responsibility for any failings they have. This is building nicely to his frustrations boiling over and the fans taking the full brunt of his anger. It looks as if his turn is coming, but this is WWE and we can never be sure. Just as every face needs a bad guy to go against, so must every heel have a face to suffer the frustrations and anger within them. It’s one thing to berate and chastise the fans, but to really make their point, someone must feel the repercussions and the fans must bear witness to what the heel perceives they have brought them to. Then that beaten face can start on their long road to revenge and redemption.

The story can write itself, especially if the personal aspect is taken into account. Rollins is perennially positioned as the top guy on Raw. He’s always in or near the title picture. He headlines shows. He’s been ranked top of the PWI 500 this year and he’s on the arm of one of the most popular and beautiful women in the company (Becky Lynch), so from Kevin Owens’ perspective, what has Seth Rollins got to gripe about? Owens doesn’t have the luxury of having his wife by his side when he’s touring the world, he races out of arenas in his ring gear to go home and spend precious time with his family – again, something a lot of fans can relate to. Owens has to switch between brands to get on the card. He aligned himself with his NXT brethren last month and almost blew the roof off the arena. If he’s getting those reactions, why should he not be where Seth Rollins stands?

WWE has a lot of options with this feud. They can continue on pushing Seth as a good guy and have Owens be the heel, but I think the reversals of their traditional roles will play well. The crowd will pop bigger for Owens. Owens can carry the feud verbally and just have Rollins react. Right now it doesn’t need a title, but should Brock Lesnar be dethroned or need some fresh meat to be thrown at him, a wily, sneaky, hard-hitting, popular and fired-up Kevin Owens would be a great choice.

Owens should be the star of Monday Night Raw. He should be one of the biggest stars in WWE, and if that means having to dislodge Seth Rollins to get there, perhaps that could or should be the way forward.

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The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week 11/29: Rollins Turns Heel, NXT Dominates WWE Survivor Series, More

Welcome back TJR readers. Did you have a houseful of obnoxious relatives and miss Smackdown this week? Perhaps you were busy trying to dethaw a turkey and missed RAW? Well, fear not for I have returned once again with a special Friday edition of The Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week.

10. Matt Hardy Wrestles on Monday Night RAW

Matt Hardy competed in a match against Buddy Murphy this past Monday night on RAW. This alone does not seem like that big of a deal until you realize that this is actually Matt’s first match on RAW this year. Hardy, who appeared a few times earlier this year on Smackdown and competed in a Battle Royale in Saudi Arabia, has been kept off of TV for most of the year. The multi-time champion and 25-year veteran of RAW continued his disappointing 2019 with a quick loss to Buddy Murphy this past Monday. This year has been one I am pretty sure that Matt Hardy would like to “Delete” from the record books completely. (TJRWrestling)

9. Rusev and Bobby Lashley to Compete in a Last Man Standing Match

Rusev and Bobby Lashley will finally have a televised match when they compete in a Last Man Standing Match this Sunday at 7pm ET on the one hour WWE Network special Starrcade.  In what was actually an entertaining segment this week on RAW, Rusev ended up ignoring the restraining order against him and attacked Bobby Lashley. The “police” came and put Rusev in handcuffs, who then proceeded to break away from the officers and knock Lashley off the stage, while Lana watched on with concern. Speaking of Lana, she announced on Twitter that she signed a five-year multimillion-dollar contract with the WWE this week (TJRWrestling). So no matter who ends up being the Last Man Standing between Rusev and Lashley, Lana is going to be just fine. (TJRWrestling)

8. Mauro Ranallo Misses Survivor Series and NXT After Negative Twitter Comments From Corey Graves

Corey Graves sent out a Tweet after NXT Takeover: Wargames, seemingly criticizing Mauro Ranallo’s commentary for the event.

Ranallo, who’s battle with bipolar disorder is well documented, deactivated his Twitter and missed both his scheduled Survivor Series and NXT appearances this week. After receiving heavy criticism on social media including a Tweet from Ranallo’s close friend (and manager) Frank Shamrock, Graves issued an apology on his WWE Podcast “After the Bell”.

Using social media to vent one’s frustrations with someone instead of just talking to them face-to-face, is a side effect of the modern world we live in. Unfortunately, just like in face-to-face conversations the words you use on social media can cause damage as well. Hopefully, Ranallo can continue to overcome his mental illness and return to the commentary booth real soon. And as for Corey Graves, it may be a good idea for him to get off of social media and spend his free time on more educational websites such as TJRWrestling.net. (TJRWrestling)

7. The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny all Debut on AEW Dynamite

After Cody Rhodes won his match on AEW Dynamite this week, a brand new team came from underneath the ring and attacked Rhodes. This new team is made up of former Impact star Braxton Sutter who is now wrestling as the Blade and his tag partner the Butcher, they were joined by Sutter’s real-life wife Allie, who is now being known as the Bunny. With the Butcher, the Blade and the Bunny all debuting, this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite was brought to you by the letter “B”. (TJRWrestling)

6. New Intercontinental Title Revealed on Smackdown

WWE decided to give another one of their title belts a makeover this past Friday on Smackdown. After revealing a new Universal Title last week, it was the Intercontinental Title that was updated this week. During an in-ring promo, Sami Zayn presented the new title as a gift to Intercontinental Champion Nakamura, retiring the classic white strap belt in the process. This gift, of course, is causing children everywhere to add the toy replica of the new belt to their Christmas list, while parents everywhere curse WWE for making them buy another worthless piece of plastic. (TJRWrestling)

5. Steve Austin Interviews the Undertaker on “Broken Skull Sessions”

Two of the biggest legends in the history of professional wrestling sat down for nearly two hours together when the Undertaker joined Steve Austin for Austin’s new WWE Network show “Broken Skull Sessions”. The Undertaker shared numerous stories from his Hall of Fame career ranging from his early days in WCW and debuting as the Undertaker at Survivor Series, all the way to the streak being broken and how much longer he feels he has in the ring. Although the 54–year-old Undertaker may not have many matches left in his legendary career, he can Rest In Peace knowing that his Hall of Fame career will be remembered forever. (TJRWrestling)


4. Rey Mysterio Fails to Win Universal Title at Survivor Series Then Wins United States Title on RAW

Despite getting assistance from his son Dominick, Rey Mysterio failed to defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at Survivor Series. Mysterio did not come away completely empty handed this week, however, as he defeated AJ Styles for the United States Title on RAW. Mysterio won a fatal four-way earlier in the night to receive the title shot, and then won the title with assistance from Randy Orton. Being the champion of the United States may not hold the same prestige as being champion of the entire Universe, but at least Mysterio doesn’t have to worry about an alien from Melmac coming to earth to challenge him for his title. (TJRWrestling)

3. Kevin Owens Wrestles at NXT Takeover: Wargames

Kevin Owens was revealed to be the fourth member of the Wargames team of Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, and Dominik Dijakovic when they faced The Undisputed Era at NXT Takeover: Wargames. Owens, who last competed in NXT in 2015, was the last man to enter the cage helping his team win in the match. Owens was attacked by The Undisputed Era on the RAW prior to Wargames, which is the reason he gave for choosing to return to NXT for this match. Owens competed on the RAW team a Survivor Series the following night against NXT, possibly because they couldn’t find a matching NXT shirt in his size with such short notice. (TJRWrestling)

2. NXT Wins the Battle for Brand Supremacy at Survivor Series

The battle between guys all wearing matching shirts was dominated by NXT this past Sunday at Survivor Series. NXT won four of the seven Interbrand matches that took place on the show, including NXT champion Shana Baszler defeating both Bayley and Becky Lynch in the main event. WWE is clearly attempting to show that NXT is a true third brand that is equal to both RAW and Smackdown. Now if they can get some guys to show up in matching AEW shirts for the NXT roster to beat up, they can really show brand supremacy. (TJRWrestling)

1. Seth Rollins Seemingly Turns Heel on RAW

After months of being booed by a growing segment of the audience every week, Seth Rollins seemingly embraced being a villain this week on RAW. Rollins started off the show by telling the whole RAW roster that they sucked for losing the previous night at Survivor Series. After several superstars walked away from Rollins as he was verbally berated them, Kevin Owens entered the ring and to the delight of the crowd delivered a stunner to Rollins. This lead to Rollins and Owens having a match in the main event of the evening, which was broken up by AOP. AOP then proceeded to attack Owens while leaving Rollins completely alone. Rollins then took advantage of the attack, curb-stomping Owens twice. Rollins bringing in the much bigger AOP to be a “Shield” for his heel persona could make him the Architect of Pain in the WWE for the foreseeable future. (TJRWrestling)

That concludes another edition of the Top Ten Wrestling Stories of the Week. Like always, if you enjoy what I do then please follow me on Twitter @BackseatBookers and listen to my podcast The BackseatBookers (be forewarned, as just like a turkey, I use fowl language.)

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Reflecting on WWE NXT’s Big Week and What It Means for Their Future – by Mike Sanchez

What a wild, wacky week of wrestling it’s been. Almost every taste has been catered for and the level of entertainment on offer had something for everyone. Whether you’re a die-hard WWE fan who sees NXT as a developmental show or a vocal AEW fan who is insistent on pushing the fledgling federation, one thing is for sure; this is a good period to be a wrestling fan. I held back on calling this a ‘Golden Age’, as I don’t think it is. True there is a lot on offer at the moment; WWE, NXT, AEW, NJPW, NWA, NXT UK, the list goes on, but to call it ‘Golden’ isn’t right. I’ll stick with good, if you please.

Anyway, I digress, I watched NXT Takeover/WarGames, Survivor Series and have NXT and Raw still to catch up on, but once the weekend was over, all I could think about was NXT. Had I been brainwashed or spoiled by the plethora of NXT talent on show in two consecutive days, or have I become accustomed to them on the bigger stage and under the brighter lights in front of a bigger audience, do I now see NXT no longer as the show in a small arena with excellent, but infrequent PPVs? Do I now see NXT as a solid mainstream show with a roster to match?

NXT may beat AEW in the TV ratings battle last week, but given the high profile they’ve been receiving of late, who can blame them? I’m not crapping on AEW at all. Regardless of the competition, it was always going to be difficult for a brand new wrestling show to grow and keep an audience that has other entertainment on offer. I hope their viewership and popularity grows, I really do, just right now, in this moment, they have come up against an NXT brand that has some fire in its belly and talent just itching for the spotlight their Raw and Smackdown co-stars currently occupy.

If we learned anything this past weekend, it’s that NXT is certainly no longer the ‘Third Brand’ in WWE and like a rabid dog straining at its leash, so are the NXT talent raring to step up to the next level and test themselves against the best the WWE has to offer. The dynamic has changed these past few months. NXT was seen as the ‘feeder’ for Raw and Smackdown. Talent down in Florida would hone their craft, rise up the ladder and when they’d achieved all they could down there, the next step was to climb on the bottom rung of a bigger, more established ladder on the red or blue brand.

Whether it was Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Paige, Kevin Owens, Bayley, Shinsuke Nakamura or Roman Reigns, the plan was always the same; work your way up in NXT and when a spot opens up or we need fresh blood, you may find yourself called up to the main roster. Of course, not everyone has had such storied success as those mentioned above. For every Seth Rollins there is an Apollo Crews, for every Roman Reigns there’s a Tyler Breeze. A step up from NXT is anything but a sure bet. However, that was then and this is now. NXT is no longer sending up their cream of the crop to forge a new path on Raw or Smackdown. NXT has grown into something so much more. A living, breathing entity that doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. NXT is bigger than the stars they create.

A worry among many WWE and NXT fans was that certain wrestlers on NXT would be too valuable to lose or their gimmick, look or style wouldn’t carry over well to Raw or Smackdown. Many feared how Johnny Gargano or Tomasso Ciampa would fare when in the ring with the massive Luke Gallows or the taller superstars like Drew McIntyre. Many worried that guys who were super talented like Adam Cole (Bay Bay) would look small compared to Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar and the inevitable squash match would follow. The theme is that once the star left NXT, they would be alone in the wilderness and would have to change who they were and what they did to get over with the fans or to even survive at all.

That argument can be put to bed as NXT has shown it can not only hang with the big boys and girls, but dominate when given the chance. This past week showed that WWE no longer has two mainstream brands, but three. NXT is on an equal footing with Raw and Smackdown. Triple H and his team have created a monster and one that won’t go quietly. NXT is no longer the niche product for WWE fans who may want to watch something different. NXT is no longer a show that only WWE Network subscribers want to see. NXT came, saw and conquered this past weekend. Their Takeover show was incredible. Then they came into Survivor Series bloodied, bruised, tired and broken and still managed to dominate.

There are many questions left to answer: Has NXT bitten off more than they can chew? Was the whole product niche for good reason and was it the smaller production and sporadic PPVs their biggest draw? Was the fact that NXT wasn’t as over-saturated or in your face than Raw and Smackdown their biggest plus point? Has their impact on the main roster thrust them and their talent into fresh eyes that now want more? If so, how do they react now? Do they continue on their own schedule and leave Raw and Smackdown behind, perhaps face them again another day, or do they have to adapt and respond to the clamour and interest they’ve created? Do they now have to do more PPVs? Should they increase their roster? What if the WWE higher-ups now see NXT as what the people want? What then? Those are all questions that are hard to answer right now, but we’ll see how things play out in the future.

I think WWE is at a crossroads right now. NXT was successful because it wasn’t Raw or Smackdown. Their shows were in a smaller venue and the wrestling wasn’t promo-heavy with goofy storylines. NXT showcased stars based on their incredible talent, not on their incredible abs or boobs. NXT feels real. NXT feels genuine and authentic. The biggest draw for NXT was that it wasn’t mainstream. Perhaps, just perhaps, this past weekend has thrust them into a new light that they may not crave all that much. Who knows? I suppose only time will tell.

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Report: Vince McMahon Upset With Seth Rollins for Responding to CM Punk Chant on WWE Raw

The audience weren’t the only one’s that Seth Rollins was angering with his heel promo on Raw last night. According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio last night, Vince McMahon was “furious” that Seth Rollins responded to the chants from the crowd for CM Punk. While giving a promo in the ring, Rollins stated that he tried to get Punk to appear on Raw, but Punk would rather sit behind a desk in Los Angeles (on WWE Backstage).

Here’s how Meltzer explained it: “Unless Seth and Vince worked it out and Vince was working everyone backstage by acting furious when this is going on, Vince was really upset about Seth responding to this. Vince’s rule is that you do not push the idea of a match that you aren’t going to deliver.”

Similar to when Steve Austin and Paul Heyman teased a match between Austin and Brock Lesnar several years ago, McMahon reportedly never wants to promote a match that you aren’t able to deliver in the ring.

Speaking of CM Punk, he is not scheduled to appear on WWE Backstage tonight.

Last week on WWE: Backstage, Punk suggested that Rollins delete his Twitter account as he was sounding stupid on it. This caused Seth Rollins to send out a Tweet calling CM Punk a “coward” and during an interview with Wrestlezone, challenged him to a match at Wrestlemania. (TJRWrestling)

Here’s what Rollins had to say when asked about CM Punk. Thanks to Wrestlezone for the transcript of the comments.

Rollins: “Say whatever you want, play it however you want, that’s what Punk always does…but at the end of the day if he wants to come on a show and run his mouth about me and a company that he has had no part of for the last five years, then of course I’m going to stand up for it. This is a place that has given me everything that I’ve ever wanted in my life, not only for me but has provided me a living for my family, for people that I love, that I care about and of course I’m going to have its back. I’m not going to sit here and let you push it around, push me around and act like you’re so cool. You couldn’t bust a cherry in a fruit fight, dude.”

“I want to make some money, so if CM Punk wants to talk all of the smack in the world, I’ve invited him a million times to come to my ring. To my domain on live television where you can’t hide behind anything, no desk in LA. Let’s do this thing, man. Let’s fight. Let’s fight it out like men.”

When asked further about it, Rollins continued on, mentioning Wrestlemania specifically.

Rollins: “He knows where I’m going to be this Sunday and Monday—maybe Saturday, maybe Friday, who knows—but he knows for sure where I’m going to be Sunday and Monday. Maybe he’s hiding out in LA sitting behind his little desk, maybe he’s a little ‘keyboard warrior’-ish too, who knows.”

“I don’t know what he’s up to, but the bottom line is wherever, whenever he wants to do this thing, if he wants to man up and do it, I’m there. For me, the only place the match happens is WrestleMania in the main event. That’s the only reason I’m picking a fight with him, I’ve got no other interest than that. If he’s interested, it’s out there. Any time you’re ready, let’s go.”

Matt’s Musings: Seth Rollins, like the majority of the WWE Universe, would like to see CM Punk back inside a WWE ring. However, until Punk has agreed to do this it makes no sense to get the audience’s hopes up for a match that you are not able to deliver. Hopefully, Punk and Rollins will wrestle a match someday, but until then Rollins needs to stop talking about it and promote the matches he will be wrestling.

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WWE: Welcome Back CM Punk; What Will His Future Hold? – by Mike Sanchez

‘It’s as simple as this; just when you think they got the answers, I change the culture.’

Those were the first words spoken by CM Punk in a WWE setting since returning from his nearly six-year hiatus. With inspiration taken from “Rowdy” Roddy Piper – who said the original line of ‘just when they think they got the answers, I change the questions’ – Punk is in good company. Piper, much like Punk, was a rebel in the business. Famed for taking no crap from anyone, speaking his mind, regardless of whether people wanted to hear it or not, and having an incredible mind for the business, both men draw clear parallels both in their approach to their craft and in their high-level ability to deliver promos. Sadly Piper never got the chance to see Punk use Piper’s words to announce to the world that he was back in WWE, but the impact was felt around the wrestling community regardless – just watch Samoa Joe’s face when Punk’s music hits.

Firstly, let me reign in my enthusiasm. CM Punk has not returned as an active, full-time wrestler. Punk’s contract is with FOX and not specifically with WWE, although there will likely be some sort of cross-brand partnership in there somewhere. Punk has been brought back purely to give analysis on WWE Backstage, a show on FOX hosted by the excellent Renee Young where WWE superstars give their thoughts and opinions on WWE shows and events. I haven’t seen much of the show so far, but will certainly be tuning in from now on. Is this all Punk will do for WWE right now, or can his talents be used elsewhere? Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

Analyst

The role Punk was brought in to do. A backstage video (see below) shows the minutes leading up to his arrival at FOX Studios and him speaking openly about his thoughts on the new position. He says the idea of being a pundit, contributor or analyst intrigued him, hence why he took the role on. I really like the way FOX has gone with this show. Not only does it give WWE more of a sports feel, by emulating similar shows dedicated to NBA, NFL etc. but also gives the superstars license to talk openly on how they think and feel about certain aspects of the current WWE show. Recently a topic for discussion was the current Lana/Rusev/Lashey love triangle. Almost everyone asked didn’t tow the company line and praise it to the heavens, but gave a carefully measured response that conveyed they didn’t particularly care for the angle, but at the same time didn’t crap of those involved or the bookers. It was honest, light-hearted and fun, but respectful at the same time.

Punk is well known for not being shy and not backward in coming forwards. While I doubt he’ll trash the company or any angles, he will be honest and speak his mind, perhaps offering up suggestions or critiques on how the shows can be improved. There’s a lot of talent on the roster than Punk has worked with and are his friends, so he’ll want to see people do well, while also casting an eye on the NXT talent and I can imagine that’ll be something he’ll relish.

Commentator

Punk mentions this in the backstage video as something he wouldn’t be interested in doing. I think it would be a stretch too far right now as WWE has recently shaken up the roster of announcers and commentators and they’re doing really well. The new announce teams are more understated in their roles and play a supporting role. Raw especially has done this very well, aside from Dio Maddin getting tossed around the entrance ramp by Brock Lesnar.

Smackdown’s announce team is a good fit with Corey Graves playing a great foil to the always dependable Michael Cole with Renee Young chiming in from time to time. Though I think Punk would do a great job on commentary, it would be too small for him. His first few weeks would see crowds cheering for him and overshadowing the matches in the ring. Perhaps this could have been a possibility at one time, just not now.

Wrestler

Face it, this is what we want to see; CM Punk back in a WWE ring. I’m not going to list how skilled he is, because we all know how good he is and his megastar status is fully deserved. What intrigues me most, is how long he can resist the allure of the squared circle. Perhaps he has zero interest in donning ring gear again and is very content to stay on the periphery of the company. Perhaps not all wounds have healed and he still has heat with some of the WWE’s top brass. Then again, who would ever have thought the Ultimate Warrior would return? Who would’ve thought Bret Hart would have come back? There are many more examples of ‘Well, I never saw that coming’, so who’s to say what could happen in the future?

The biggest attraction for CM Punk is that the landscape of WWE has changed since he was last with the company. Punk’s last appearance in WWE was in January 2014 at the Royal Rumble. Back then, a group of young upstarts called The Shield were dominating the show, The Authority were abusing their power, Goldust and Cody Rhodes were on Monday Night Raw, Batista, Brad Maddox and Ryback were also on the show. Over on Smackdown, JBL was on commentary, Bray Wyatt was bemoaning Daniel Bryan’s betrayal, a pre New Day Big E was facing off against Fandango and Alberto Del Rio took on Rey Mysterio. The Rhodes boys featured again and faced off against the New Age Outlaws. It was almost six years ago, but it seems like so much longer. Now Punk has a whole host of potential new challengers to face. The entire NXT roster, a successful and high profile Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, his old friend Samoa Joe, the list goes on. Of course, we want to see him wrestle again. He was the self-styled ‘best in the world’ for good reason. I don’t think any wrestling fan would not want to see him involved once again. Punk left at the peak of his WWE career. I don’t think for one moment anyone doubts his ability or if he can still go. Of course he can, he’s CM Punk. Here’s hoping we get to see him in the ring at least one more time.

So, what do you think? Are you excited to see CM Punk back? Will he stay on WWE Backstage, or will the lights and action tempt him back into the ring? If so, who would you like to see him face? I’d love to hear your thoughts. As always, thanks for reading.

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