Should CM Punk respect Big Show?

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August 08, 2012

In all fairness, it’s easy to understand where CM Punk is coming from with his gripes. Traditionally, the WWE Champion closes out shows and competes in the final match of the evening. Punk — set to defend his title in a Triple Threat Match against Show and Cena at SummerSlam — has not competed in the final match of a single pay-per-view since December, when he defended the title against Alberto Del Rio and The Miz at WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs (for the record, the final matches on pay-per-views since then have been: Royal Rumble Match, Cena vs. Kane, The Rock vs. Cena, Cena vs. Brock Lesnar, Cena vs. John Laurinaitis, Cena vs. Big Show and the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract). It’s fair enough that Punk, who famously toiled in the trenches en route to the mountaintop, should take this as something of an affront to the position he feels he’s earned.

But it is surprising Punk won’t afford Show the proper consideration as his equal, considering the giant is hardly a man to underestimate in the first place. He’s one of only three Superstars in history to have won every active WWE title (he completed the set with his Intercontinental Title win at WrestleMania XXVIII), the youngest WCW Champion in history and is a two-time WWE Champion himself, same as CM Punk. Since rediscovering his mean streak this summer, The World’s Largest Athlete has been on a furious tear through the WWE roster, dropping opponents (including Cena) at will with the WMD and paving a path of destruction in his efforts to reclaim the top spot for himself.

And yes, while Show has lost to Cena on two occasions, it did take the aid of Brodus Clay, WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, U.S. Champion Santino Marella and Zack Ryder to incapacitate the giant enough for Cena to win their Steel Cage Match at No Way Out in June. His record in the past two main events he’s participated in — the Cage Match and the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract — somewhat belay how good Show has been looking for the past couple of months. Ever since he threw his lot in with John Laurinaitis, selling his soul for an ironclad contract, Show has seemed like a rejuvenated version of himself; despite Mr. McMahon’s assertion that The World’s Largest Athlete was a chronic underperformer, the giant has looked anything but. Some might even say he’s finally reached his full, terrifying potential with the free reign given him by the contract that was Big Johnny’s final act in the General Manager’s office.

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