Punk/Heyman Segment, MITB Thoughts, Glass Ceiling Shattered, Who Wins The Briefcase

I’m curious as to how you felt about the emotional segment between CM Punk and Paul Heyman on this week’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw?

I thought the segment with CM Punk and Paul Heyman on this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw was excellent. The goal with any segment, be it on the mic or in the ring, is to tell a story. The story told in the Punk/Heyman story was compelling and sucked the viewer in. The fact that you called the segment “emotional,” shows how it connected with you. Really good stuff, here’s what I wrote about it after it aired on Twitter:

What are your thoughts on the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match announced for the pay-per-view?

The Money in the Bank ladder match can either be used to elevate a mid-card talent or used to help restart on a previous top guy. The latter proves true in this year’s WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match. To recap, the match features CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Christian, Kane and Rob Van Dam. Some have asked about there being seven participants but there have been seven participants in multiple MITB ladder matches in the past. The in-ring work should be outstanding as the match caters to several of the talents featured. In case you missed it, we broke the news about RVD and Christian being included in the bout in our backstage notes last week.

Has CM Punk changed the wrestling business forever and paved the way for guys like Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose to be big stars in the future?

CM Punk shattered the glass ceiling. When I say this, some interpret it to mean he flourished as a “smaller guy” and point to Shawn Michaels and that’s not what I’m saying. Punk was an independent standout, something that used to mean nothing to Vince McMahon. McMahon’s mentality was until you’ve made it in WWE, you really haven’t made it. Now we see WWE not only going out and signing workers like the aforementioned Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose but bringing them to TV and pushing them. The new “Triple H philosophy” is to bring in very talented indy workers that don’t require as much seasoning, which will only help when they are ready to bring them to TV.

Who do you think is the favorite to win the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match?

Given the fact the full list of participants was just announced on this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw, I haven’t had enough time to fully process it but here are some things to consider. CM Punk appears slated to work Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam so unless WWE plans to have an extended briefcase holder, like that of Dolph Ziggler, I wouldn’t consider him as likely to go over. Let’s also not forget this strategy caters more towards a guy they are trying to elevate and not someone that’s already a top guy.  Kane is rumored to be pairing with Undertaker to oppose The Shield [at SummerSlam] so that takes away from his chances. Rob Van Dam and Christian will both add to the match but I don’t see an immediate path to book them at the top of the card. RVD is on a limited schedule and is coming from TNA, while I’ve never felt confident in the way Vince McMahon perceives Christian. I know he’s a former MITB winner and World Heavyweight Champion but he doesn’t have the rocket pack going. That leaves Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Sheamus. These are the top three guys in the match and everyone wants to see Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena. WWE could clearly capitalize on the “weak link” stuff as well. Orton is a guy WWE seems to be thinking about restarting on and will hinge on whether or not Vince feels he can trust him as a top guy. Sheamus is a dark horse and someone that will not drop below the upper mid card, so there are certainly several scenarios in which I could see him going over. All seven participants are babyfaces so I’m sure there will be plenty of commentary of “who should turn.”

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  • Craig

    I can see cm punk winning money in the bank cashing in on the same night (we all know cena will be main event) or at nigh of champions!! Because it has been said already that in brocks new contract he has a wwe title reign which means maybe he beats punk for the title!! Maybe? But I really think its time for Daniel Bryan because where he is at know or Christian to reward him for loyalty for not going back to TNA I’d say they they reached out to him for main event mafia ??

    • Craig

      I also see Henry winning so he can retire!!

      • Craig

        Only so he could retire or so he can have a rematch with punk at night of champions and have it if Henry loses he retires dah dah!!!

  • TheDave

    Thanks Richard : )

    I think it’s going to be a match of the year contender with the people they have in this year. Just wondering who’s taking an rko from the top of a ladder

  • Andy

    calling it now. Lesnar will cost Punk the MITB briefcase leading to their match at summerslam.

  • Brandon van Reenen

    I just want Christian to win it!

  • Michael

    Richard Christian never won mitb.

  • Its just Teddy

    Forget Shawn Michaels and Breat Hart they were WWF small men! But before CM Punk and Daniel Bryan there was Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho they were small men who came good and had traveled the world and would be seen as Indy wrestlers in their time so for me they were the ones that broke the glass ceilling for the likes of Punk and Bryan!

    • Xavier

      Agreed.

    • Big D

      Both of them had built up their names in WCW. Punk was really the first guy to make it in the WWE straight from the indies.

  • Hercules Rockerfeller

    It is clear as day…Daniel Bryan FTW! If he wasn’t in this match I would put my money on either Christian or Sheamus. But look at the huge momentum Bryan has been under…He’s once again a singles wrestler, he’s been featured in main event bouts both on Raw and Smackdown. He’s been on TV constantly when a year ago he wasn’t featured as much. Hes one of the vocal points in wwe storylines. I predict Bryan wins the briefcase and does like RVD by announcing when he’s going to cash it in, and I def see a Summerslam bout between Bryan and Cena. The reason I say this is because look at how he didn’t wanna take the count victory last week on Smackdown. He wants to win by the sweat of his brow. So he won’t be sneaking in anytime in taking the opportunity. That’s how I see this going.

    • Danny_Boy

      Yup I can see Cena beating Bryan thus ending the flavor of the month that is Daniel Bryan.

      • Chalon

        Yes, we know some fans like yourself don’t have a clue.

      • Hercules Rockerfeller

        NO! NO! NO!

    • Phil D. Garrie

      Do you mean cena when you say announcing that he is going to cash It in? He is the one who cashed in his briefcase with the champ having advance notice.

      • Kev

        If I remember correctly, RVD announced he was cashing in at One Night Only and won the title from Cena after Edge speared Cena thru a table. Heyman made the count as Edge had knocked the ref out I think.

        • Hercules Rockerfeller

          Exactly! He said something along the lines of “Im gonna cash this in where the rules work EXTREMELY in my favor”.

      • Snap

        WWE would like that their revisionist history is working with some people. RVD actually announced at least one month prior to One Night Stand that he would be cashing in his money in the bank, and then the whole story went on with how it would be rechristened the ECW championship, as that particular One Night Stand event kickstarted the WWE version of ECW.

        Cena’s the first person to announce his cash in ahead of time and fail to win the championship. They could do that with Cena because it doesn’t matter in WWE’s eyes if he’s WWE champion or not.

  • Ethan1616

    Can i just add Richard that i remember reading on here that in brocks new contract he will be getting a title run who better for him to get it from than punk!

  • Stoney

    I thought after the 18 second squash at wrestlemania 28 that Daniel Bryan would be buried into oblivion, but it just made him even more popular.

  • Stoney

    I’d love to see Christian in the main event scene again, it’s a shame Vinces ego got the better of him.

  • Smart Mark

    All 7 of these guys can pull off being a great face and great heel so its interesting to see if anyone of them turns in the near future.