WWE Needs to Go Old School After CM Punk Injury Changes TLC PPV

David LevinSenior Writer IIDecember 6, 2012


Now that the news has come down from the WWE, and most notably Vince McMahon, that CM Punk has suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of the upcoming TLC PPV, the WWE needs to go in another direction with its champion.

I may not be the first to propose such a move, but shouldn’t the WWE consider a wrestling tournament to decide who will carry the title toward the Royal Rumble and a match with The Rock, or possibly a match at WrestleMania?

In a statement released by WWE.com, McMahon states that his intention is to keep the title on Punk while he is heeling from his injury sustained Monday night.

“CM Punk will be in no condition to defend the WWE Title against Ryback at the TLC Pay-Per-View on Sunday, Dec. 16. However, Ryback does deserve a WWE Title match against CM Punk and will have the opportunity in the very near future.”

Back in the day when the WWF Title was upheld and "The Million Dollar Man," Ted DiBiase, “bought” the championship from Andre the Giant, it was a great thing for the company.  It also showcased stars that the company had within its roster who “had a chance” to win the most coveted title in wrestling.

A title tournament here makes so much sense and makes me question the WWE’s thought process with this unexpected injury.

The writers and management had to think on its feet to make Ryback an instant contender when John Cena was injured. This would certainly be one of those opportunities to prove they can come up with a great idea and stick to it.

The idea that Ryback is now in a six-man match with Team Hell No against The Shield does nothing to get me excited about the TLC PPV.

A tournament that could showcase The Miz, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, John Cena and Wade Barrett gets me jazzed just thinking about it. And for once, and I am not trying to steal any of my fellow Bleacher Report F/C C.I.M’s thunder, going old school is the way to go.

It could also lead to a chance for Ryback to challenge Barrett or Ziggler in the final, or maybe we see Cena and Ryback fight it out for a chance to claim the title.

There are so many more options to choose from.

This is a more exciting way for the WWE to end the 2012 year on a high note and have a chance to prepare for 2013.

And if anyone is listening out there, since Punk’s timetable for his recuperation is still unknown, it also means that The Miz could steal the show and go into the Royal Rumble as champion.

Personally, the idea of The Miz vs. The Rock is a great get for the WWE.

After his performance the other night on Raw, it is proof that he could be the next big thing again and headline WrestleMania 29 (against Punk).

And that would be AWESOME.