Justin Barr



The WWE championship match between CM Punk and Ryback at Hell in a Cell is a booker’s nightmare.

It’s lose-lose situation, where either outcome—whether that be Punk winning or Ryback winning—has huge drawbacks that could drastically alter the direction of future WWE storylines.

But the WWE might have an ace up its sleeve to actually turn what seems sure to be a negative into a positive.

HERE COMES THE MOTHER F'N PAIN and that ace is Brock Lesnar.

It’s pretty widely accepted that Ryback beating Punk and winning the WWE title would be a bad creative decision that would prematurely end Punk’s title reign, put the title on a guy who probably isn’t ready and throw a wrench into future creative plans. WWE is going to ruin either Ryback Or Punk with the finish to the match.

Conversely, having Punk beat Ryback probably has more cons than pros as well. It would end Ryback’s undefeated streak, make him look more human and, in large part, destroy the main appeal of his gimmick.

That’s why Lesnar could and should be used as the WWE’s “out” in this situation. Creative needs to do something here and FAST.

If Ryback wins, it’s going to be a monumental mistake. End of the Ryback character and then a slap to the mid card section of WWE. If Punk wins, it’s going to be a smaller mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.

The WWE could have easily avoided this mess by putting someone other than Ryback in this match or by making it a standard wrestling match, but because the creative team dug this grave itself, it’s now going to have to claw its way out of it.

In reality, the Hell in a Cell stipulation shouldn’t allow that to happen. Either Punk or Ryback should win, and the WWE will have to go ahead with killing the momentum of Punk or Ryback.

But we know that the creative team can change the rules as it goes, so a crazy finish to Punk vs. Ryback certainly isn’t out of the question. And if it happens, Lesnar is going to have to be involved.

The popular rumor, or fantasy booking, that’s floating around the Internet right now is that Lesnar will return to the WWE and cost Ryback the match to set up a feud between the two, leading to a match at Survivor Series or perhaps even WrestleMania 29. This is what I see happening here.

This scenario has been talked about so much recently that it almost guarantees that it won’t happen, but as obvious as this outcome may seem, it just might be the one way that this booking nightmare doesn’t turn out so bad.

You could have Lesnar return toward the end of the HIAC match, and one of two things could happen: Either Lesnar could help Punk win the match, or he could destroy Ryback and cause some sort of “no contest” finish.

I like the former scenario more because the latter one cheapens the HIAC stipulation and doesn’t make very much sense, but in a WWE where things often don’t make sense, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if that’s exactly what happened.

No matter how you’re viewing this Punk/Ryback match, though, it’s hard to picture this match ending with Ryback winning clean or with Punk winning at all, so the question then becomes: How can the WWE get around either of those outcomes?

Brock Lesnar, that’s how.
Ryan Reilly
They could even debut a new stable of "Heymen guys" to come to the rescue of punk
  • October 24, 2012
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SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
"HERE COMES THE MOTHER F'N PAIN and that ace is Brock Lesnar."

-Best Blog Quote
  • October 24, 2012
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hollerifyaheramerko1jeff
Yeah i wish he had a new entrance mocap for wwe 13 where he doesnt full put his arms in air lol.
  • October 25, 2012
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Mohamad Javad Ghasemi
they are planning to have tag team match in survivor series this year,with Ryback and Bigshow are captains,so I think Bigshow would come out and distract Rybaack for Punk's victory.
  • October 25, 2012
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Dave Humphrey
well with Lesnar saying hes quit maybe a storyline could come up with the gm wanting to sue or proescuite Lesnar for tresspassing and assulting a wwe worker. Treat Lesnar as if a real fan jump out and did it the wwe would prosecuite the fan with tresspassing and assulting wwe wrestler. Or what about...
  • October 25, 2012
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Sam Sager II
I don't see Lesnar interfering maybe I'm in the minority but with Vickie getting managing supervisor think of who she manages. Dolph ziggler. It would be very easy for her to say he can take his world wavy weight contract and challenge wwe champion so these guys get beat up and in middle of the matc...
  • October 25, 2012
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Adam Troy Brown
No way Sam. Not going to happen. However it ends, Punk remains champ and Ryback retains his streak and it is a win win that way.
  • October 25, 2012
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Steve Thompson
Personally I can't get into this whole Ryback thing. It's just not working for me. So for me, I could care less if he come out looking good or not.

I agree with the idea of a Heyman managed stable, or smaller group. Paul is a genius and I just know that he would make it work
  • October 26, 2012
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Sam Sager II
I don't see Lesnar figuring in no matter how it works out as he has limited dates and they don't want to use them up and think about it if this is a bookers nightmare how bad would ryback vs Lesnar be to book. Sorry but it isn't him he's got triple h to worry about
  • October 26, 2012
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Sam Sager II
And sorry Adam but they want punk to be champ heading into the rumble doesn't mean he can't win it back
  • October 26, 2012
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