I gotta throw the proverbial wrench in this discussion...
Making it past WM 29 with that belt will be the biggest roadblock for this to happen. I just don't see how it could happen. First, he's got to beat the Rock at the Rumble (which I doubt will happen). IF HE DOES, he's expected to fight Taker or, I guess a Rock rematch at Mania? Those two scenarios imply:
- He has to beat The Rock twice in 3 months. Eeeek. Lord knows the Rock isn't leaving Mania the Champion.
- He has to beat Taker at Mania to retain the title, thus ending the streak. Eeek. Lord knows NO ONE is ending that streak.
The last option would be Punk fighting Cena for the title, but that will absolutely not happen because who on the planet is left to fight Rock or Taker? The only option that SORT OF makes sense... Punk vs Rock vs Cena, with Punk retaing. But, then the Undertaker is left without an opponent. I know I'm assuming a lot here, but its not a very bold assumption.
My prediction: Cena wins the Rumble to kickoff the PPV. Later in the night, Cena interferes in Punk vs Rock, AA'ing Punk - essentially picking his opponent at Mania, The Rock, "for the rematch he never dreamed of. But that eats at him everyday..bla bla bla" Book it.
Besides, the point of Punk's lengthy reign has been gotten across, and I honestly think they'd be better off moving dude's story and character into other (newer) directions. It feels like it has reached the end of its natural shelf life as I'm not sure that any additional time is ultimately going to make it any more meaningful than it already is. So if the title has to be around the waist of another guy for a month or two, it might as well be on the one guy that the, apparently shrinking, general audience is most interested in seeing.
I seriously would love to see CM Punk hold the title for another year, as long as he doesn't get stale, and can keep it interesting. I pray he beats Rock, and holds it until Wrestlemania.