It wasn't that long ago, during the summer of 2012, actually, that CM Punk told fans during a Q&A session that he had no real interest in wrestling Undertaker at WrestleMania because the match, as he put it, would be predictable and therefore not as entertaining. After all, if everyone knows what's going to happen, why bother?
Fast forward to today and Punk is booked to battle "The Deadman" at WrestleMania 29 on Sun., April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
So if the result is predictable, surely he'll try to simply outdo Triple H and Shawn Michaels, who both went out and had "Match of the Year" caliber affairs with 'Taker over the past four years, right?
Here's Punk talking to Mark Madden of 105.9 The X:
"Everyone is expecting me to try to top the Shawn Michaels matches. But that's not my goal. My goal is to make this the best that the situation allows me to make it. There's a chance it could be better than those matches, but that's not my goal. This isn't one of those 'workrate matches.' I like my pro wrestling when it's pissed off and angry. I don't like it when it's just two dudes going out there and, ya know, just wrestling. I made him mad, I got under his skin, and I got under his skin. Hopefully it's going to be emotional and psychological."
That's interesting if only because it sounds an awful lot like a lack of confidence more than anything else. Perhaps that's a misconception on my part but if the emotion is strong and the psychology spot on, why wouldn't the match be better than what Michaels could do?
On second thought, maybe that is expecting a bit too much.
Or is it?