All that scrambling the WWE creative team reportedly did to come up with a story for Undertaker vs. CM Punk resulted in what we saw last night (March 4, 2013) on Monday Night Raw. The question: Are we satisfied?
Once it became clear that WWE was "scrambling" to put together a storyline for the pending Undertaker vs. CM Punk feud that would build to a match between the two at WrestleMania 29 on Sun., April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, we asked for your ideas on how the promotion should go about getting them there.
The most popular response seemed to be: Who cares, they hardly need a story, just let them challenge and accept and boom, there you have it.
Well, Undertaker returned to Monday Night Raw just last night (March 4, 2013) in Buffalo, and CM Punk did indeed cut a promo somewhat challenging him to a match and somewhat just sort of acting like it was a foregone conclusion. Later in the evening, he would win a Fatal Four-Way to earn the right, but that's almost irrelevant for the purposes of our discussion here.
Here's the full promo Punk used to set everything up:
"I should be main eventing this year's WrestleMania. I should be defending my championship in the main event of this year's WrestleMania but I'm not. And I'm not not because of anything I did or didn't do; I'm not in the main event of WrestleMania, I'm not the champion, because of you. You stole from me what I hold in this world most precious. You screwed me. You did! You did. And in screwing me, you only screwed yourselves because if I cannot be in the main event of WrestleMania, I see no reason to be at WrestleMania, there's no purpose. There's no point in CM Punk being at WrestleMania. But what I just saw, what the world just laid their eyes on, gives me that purpose. You took from me and now I'm going to take from you. I am going to beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania. You like your streak? You like those numbers 20-0 so bad yet you roll your eyes when I mention the historic 434 day title reign, the longest in decades. You want to get all snarky with me when I talk about how good I am, well I back it up. And each and every one of you has never done anything great in your entire lives. You steal from me, I steal from you. You like the streak so bad? You want to roll your eyes at my 434 days? Well I got a new number for you: 20-1. And that one, that one is drug free, that one is alcohol free, that one is straight edge, that one is the best in the world. His name is CM Punk and he stands before you here today on Old School Raw and he says what he means and he means what he says. At WrestleMania I beat the streak. Deal with it."
The question, then: Are we satisfied with this as the storyline heading into their match? Or could WWE have done better (or worse)?