For what it's worth regarding the January 7th episode, it's said that when the show is over, "people will be talking."
The Rock is behind the Shield. He has them protecting Punk and the title because Rock wants to beat Punk's ass for the title.
Ryback vs Punk is in it's final minutes - Ryback taking control and The Shield hits the ring and take out Ryback. Only this time Punk takes part in the beat down and they really do a number on Ryback. Cena was found knocked out backstage earlier in the show to explain why he doesn't make the save. After a 3-4 minute brutal beatdown The Rock heads to the ring to make the save. However once in the ring he's facing down The Shield and Punk when he gives the eyebrow raise and The Shield turns and starts mauling Punk, as Rock then joins in on the beatdown and hits the Rock Bottom on Punk as we fade to black.