CM Punk leaves the WWE as champion
The unthinkable happened last night at the Money in the Bank pay per view. CM defeated John Cena in the main event to capture the WWE Title. Punk’s contract was legitimately set to expire midnight and this was supposed to be his last match with the company.
What does that mean for the title? Who knows. Whether or not Punk signed a deal with the WWE prior to the event has not been reported by any wrestling news outlet. Punk delivered a shoot interview two weeks ago stating he would leave the WWE as champion and take the title with him to his next place of employment.
My thoughts: There is no way Vince McMahon would let an outgoing star take his title with him. Either a new deal was signed or McMahon reached an extension with Punk to continue this red hot storyline that has gained national attention from the likes of ESPN.
It would be in the WWE’s best interest to keep this angle going as long as possible, especially heading into the biggest pay per view of the summer: Summerslam. However, this angle has been built around realism and not scripted dialogue written by the WWE creative team. How long can the WWE and CM Punk keep the shoots going before Punk really leaves the company or signs a new deal? Something has to give.
The end of the match showed McMahon stooping to desperate measures. He attempted to get involved to aid Cena, but Cena would not take any help. Then, McMahon called on the Raw Money in the Bank winner, Alberto De Rio, to cash in his brief case to try and win the title from Punk. Del Rio has the right to cash in his title shot anytime, any where up to one year.
Punk took him out before the match even started and exited the arena through the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, they were a live bunch mainly because it’s Punk’s hometown and they were firmly behind their man.
Daniel Bryan won the Smackdown Money in the Bank match.