Why does the title being passed around give it no meaning? Don't you think the title had a hell of a lot more meaning in the Attitude Era than it does now? And how often was it "passed around" back then? Don't be so foolish.
Haha, what a foolish post. The Attitude era the belt was passed between, if you count 1997 as Attitude Era; Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold, Triple H, The Rock, The Undertaker, Mankind, Mr. McMahon, Big Show & Kurt Angle.
That's 10 champions. 7 of these champions are in the top 10 of all-time in the US, (Bret, HBK, Stone Cold, Triple H, Rock, Undertaker, Angle,) Mankind was MASSIVELY OVER when he won the belt as well, like amazingly over. That leaves two blotches, a heel Vince McMahon who held it for a week and vacated it, and Big Show who ended up with it through injuries and luck. All of this in a 3 and a half year period. Let's compare to them "passing it around now" if they began at the TLC PPV, who would they pass it to? RyBack, Cena, Ziggler...? Who else? Big Show, Sheamus... Kane, Daniel Bryan?
The point I'm trying to make is even though the title may have been passed around more back then, it was passed around between wrestlers who were, arguably, more over than anybody else prior to them. If they began to do that now, it would kill the title. That would be foolish.
So, if you feel like Punk will retain, and let's face it we're all 92% sure that he will, things could happen that you don't expect. Ryback defeats Punk, Punk doesn't want a rematch until Royal Rumble where it becomes a Triple Threat and Punk pins Ryback to retain with help of Brock Lesnar, leading to The Rock VS Punk and Ryback VS Lesnar at Wrestlemania. It may not be amazing, but it's something they could do. You never know what will happen.
Try betting on wrestling, then you will know how hard it is to guess.
Of all the PPVs to watch just for the spectacle of it though, I would suggest TLC is up there through high spots alone.