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Re: Breaking: Punk having emergency knee surgery
If Punk is seriously injured it would be a major major blow and would give the writers a really hard time to try and work round it for the Rock at the rumble and for Wrestlemania. I mean lets think about it, giving the title to anybody right now at TLC and facing the Rock at the Rumble screams filler. Complete and utter filler and for someone like the Rock it really is a huge waste. And as far as who is the champion going into the Rumble other than Punk and Cena who is legitimately on Rock's level? Sheamus is still WHC level and wasn't over enough as a champion anyway, Ryback is definitely not ready and has only really picked up momentum for 3 months. Ziggler as much as I love the dude is only really finding his stride right now and isn't on Rock's level. Miz isn't on Rock's level. Bryan could have been built up as a semi credible opponent to Rock but has been booked as a tag team/comedy act. This leaves Big Show, Kane and Orton. Show is the WHC and Kane is too busy as a tag team champion with Bryan fighting off the Shield. The only one that has any chance of making it look legit is Orton based on history. Yet Orton recently has not been booked as a top guy at all, there seems to be a slow burning possible heel turn coming but to try and do that now and make him champion in the next 4-5 weeks AND build towards Rock facing him will feel extremely rushed and again 2nd rate/filler.
The only way I can think of to rebook this in order to make it feel somewhat special for the Rock's appearance is to have the Royal Rumble Match for the WWE title. The only time they've ever done this is was in 1992 which is a great coincidence because it makes it 20 years exactly since that happened. It also makes it a special occasion that this happens because this is something very rare, which would make it more special. And who won that Rumble and has been rumoured for months to be coming back to WWE? Ric Flair. Another huge coincidence. If they could get Flair to somehow come back for the Rumble in some sort of capacity it would also make it feel more special and somewhat nostalgic. They can play on the fact that the only other time the Rumble was for the WWE Championship was 20 years ago in 1992 when Flair won his first WWE title.
Then all you have to do is book in a way which gives all the major players direction to go into for Mania. In my mind the last 4-5 men in the rumble have to be Rock, Cena, Ryback, Orton and perhaps Sheamus. You don't necessarily have to have the Rock win the title and the Rumble in order for him to be used and put in the big money match for mania. Its just about giving all your top stars direction to go into for Mania If Punk is injured and can't defend the title at the Royal Rumble.
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Last edited by L-DOPA; 12-04-2012 at 05:12 PM.