Ah, the history between these two. Starting in ROH, who knew these two “indy boys” would be facing for wrestling’s most prestigious title at a PPV. It’s a fans dream to see these two go at it, as the chemistry between the two is undeniably good.
Today, we will breakdown how these two got here, and breakdown what to expect from these to when they go “over the limit”.
Knowing these two have a storied history in Ring of Honor, it is a great story to see Indy wrestlers with a smaller stature compete for WWE’s top prize. This is where I give credit to Vince McMahon.
In 2004, CM Punk took on Daniel Bryan which was eventually released to the public years later, in a match that barely lasted over an hour in length. Punk was a fantastic heel at the time, as his heel tactics were better than ever.
Obviously, he was limited with those heel tactics in the WWE due to its PG rating, but still ended up being a top heel in the WWE.
Lets take a look at how both wrestlers have done to this point.
It has been a banner year for Daniel Bryan to say the least. Continuing his success from 2011, Bryan has been involved in the World Heavyweight title scene ever since. He has defeated the likes of Mark Henry and Big Show, being pushed as WWE’s top heel.
After his 18 second defeat at the hands of Sheamus at Wrestlemania, he wasted not time staying on top, becoming the #1 contender for CM Punk’s WWE Title after his rematch clause against Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship was un-successful.
While Bryan was WWE’s top heel, it is hard to tune out the “YES!” chants that fill arenas everywhere when Bryan comes out. Even when he’s not in the ring, “YES!” is still cheered.
Over the course of his run in the main-event, Bryan has become better on the mic, as his arrogant persona has made him wildly popular…and wildely hated by some.
CM Punk has had a long, solid run with the WWE Title, as he hasn’t lost it since defeating Alberto Del Rio at Madison Square Garden on November 20, 2011.
Since then, Punk has beaten The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, and Chris Jericho at recent PPV events to retain his WWE Championship.
Is he the next John Cena, winning all his matches? Highly unlikely, as Punk is riding a huge wave of momentum. But it has been questioned, as Punk has won…A LOT lately.
In this run with the WWE Championship, Punk has lost his edginess that made him so popular in the first place. Gone are the pipebombs, as Punk is just like every other WWE Champion.
Next Stone Cold? Not so, as Punk has repeated similar statements on the mic, especially to Big Johnny, making his promos etch away from “must-see” material. If Punk drops the title to Bryan, I wouldn’t mind. If anything, it’s time for Punk to return to form.
How this feud started:
After a great match with Chris Jericho at Extreme Rules, Punk would find out his #1 contender would be in a “Beat-the-Clock” challenge with the winner facing Punk at the next PPV, Over the Limit.
Randy Orton had the best time to beat, with one match to go…Daniel Bryan who was facing Jerry Lawler. Props to Lawler for doing what he does at his age.
As soon as the bell rang, it was almost a sure bet it would be Bryan vs. Punk at Over the Limit, with the IWC pissing in their pants with excitement.
How this feud will end…or just begin:
At Over the Limit, people have CM Punk as a sure bet to win. Do I agree? Yes, but for a good reason. I believe Punk and Bryan will face off again at the next PPV “No Way Out” in June.
I think Punk and Bryan will continue their feud with Bryan finally beating Punk next month. I believe it’s to early for Bryan to win the title, as he will develop his feud with Punk for the next month.
This story is a long, historic one, that will only get greater. Why? Because both will go “over their limits”, and revolutionize WWE wrestling for time to come.