Just about 10 days ago, WWE had what appeared to be a very intriguing angle heading into the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
On Monday Night Raw, CM Punk issued a challenge to Mick Foley for them to both captain teams for the event. Foley revealed later in the evening that he had come up with five guys, but he himself would not be one of them. Instead, Ryback was revealed as the fifth man on the team. This was perfect.
Punk and Foley have a bit of history leading into this, as it was a backstage cheap shot from Punk that led into the Ryback program. This made a lot of sense for Survivor Series. Punk and Ryback would be on opposing sides of the ring, and Foley would be involved as well as the captain of the team.
Instead, WWE decided just one week later to completely change the event. Now, we have Punk defending the WWE title in a triple threat against Ryback and John Cena, and Foley will be captaining a team against...Dolph Ziggler? Maybe WWE thought that the original idea wouldn't garner enough PPV buys, but the new idea makes no sense, at least not as far as the traditional elimination match goes.
So, will Foley and Punk ever meet in the ring? It is definitely something that can and should happen.
Following Survivor Series, the next PPV event will be TLC from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This would be a great place to have the match, and it would be a good way for Punk to end a dominant year.
Foley has been one of the most openly critical superstars of Punk and his mission for respect. Foley continually has asked Punk if he wants to be a statistic or if he wants to be legendary. What better way for Punk to possibly earn Foley's respect than to do so not only at TLC, but in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWE title?
Foley may not be able to put on the type of match he could 10 or 15 years ago, but he has never shied away from taking a crazy bump or two. Further, that is exactly the kind of thing that could give Punk what he needs to make his title reign even better.
This is a match WWE really needs to consider booking. If not at TLC, it could just be on an episode of Raw. Every time Punk and Foley have gotten in the ring for a promo, it has been great television. WWE needs to see it through rather than just making it an on-again, off-again element to the show.
Punk vs. Foley will take place. Hopefully, it will be something that the majority of fans will want to see as well.