Originally Posted by Defei
That would weaken the title match. They probably considered taking it off several times but since the Rock wanted the title, and considering the plan for Mania seems to be Rock vs Cena II they let him hold it through till Rumble.
It's The Rock coming back, it doesn't really need everything to be perfect in order to attract a ton of attention. We can't know but I don't really buy that wouldn't have taken the title off Punk if they were unhappy with him in that position.