Is CM Punk vs. The Rock meant to be?

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July 30, 2012

Punk’s sermon came during the height of The Rock’s comeback, only two months after he and Cena had agreed to meet in the ring at WrestleMania XXVIII. While the WWE Universe at large was basking in the glow of The Great One’s return at that point, The Second City Saint was among those left unimpressed by The Brahma Bull’s re-emergence. “A pretty good ass-kisser” was how Punk described The Rock in the “pipe bomb.” “Always was, and still is.” He later revisited the topic, claiming that Rock’s main-event spot at WrestleMania “made [him] sick,” seemingly implying that The People’s Champion had not recently put in the appropriate work to earn such a lofty platform on which to compete, that he was granted the main-event honor on pure pedigree, while Punk toiled in the trenches and received nothing in return.

The Rock, for his part, has never borne any ill will toward Punk for his remarks, at least not publicly. And Punk seemed to have backed off all his criticisms of The Brahma Bull in the eight months he’s held the WWE Title. Rock defeated Cena, and Punk got his championship. Everyone seemed to come away from the whole thing with exactly what they wanted in the first place.

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