CM Punk has been the most talked about wrestler of 2014 without having wrestled a match in 11 months, but WWE look like they are trying their best to remove him in every way they can.
The latest rumour coming out of WWE sees the creative team hoping to eradicate the "best in the world's" 434 day run as WWE Champion from late 2011 to the beginning of 2013. It seems the officials are looking for someone to hold the title longer than Punk did and Roman Reigns could be this man after he lifts the World title at Wrestlemania.
The problem with this now is the fact that back when CM Punk held the title, there were two title belts. Now there is just one, there will also be Seth Rollins with his Money in the Bank briefcase, the new winner of the Money in the Bank match at the pay-per-view in a few months, as well as next year's Wrestlemania main event.
This was stated as just a rumour and it does seem like one of the more far fetched, although after the way Triple H and Vince reacted to CM Punk's comments last month, you could understand them wanting to erase him from the company bit by bit.
There is also the added speculation now that it may not be Reigns who will win the Royal Rumble, but his former stable mate Dean Ambrose instead. WWE currently are finding it hard to put their backing onto Reigns because his promos are not seeing a lot of improvement despite acting classes and his in-ring work is only watchable when he's in tag team action. Roman doesn't seem capable of carrying a singles match on his own.
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There are also rumours that Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns could all collide in the main event of Wrestlemania in a triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which seems to be one of the most anticipated matches amongst fans.
This could just be WWE giving fans something to talk about before Wrestlemania season and they could stick to their original plan with Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar on the grandest stage of them all. UFC reports suggest that Brock could be returning to his old stomping ground following The Royal Rumble, which means either John Cena will win or Seth Rollins will cash in.
The Royal Rumble is the most unpredictable pay-per-view of the year and this year it looks like WWE could be set to deliver on a bigger scale.