The news broke on Tuesday afternoon that the current WWE Champion CM Punk had surgery on his knee.
Or did he?
Since it was first reported on WWE.com, a lot of people, myself included, wondered if he really had the knee surgery, because obviously WWE likes to put things on their website that advance storylines.
It turns out the knee surgery was true. Punk flew to Florida, where world-renowned surgeon James Andrews performed the operation. It was an arthroscopic surgery (commonly referred to as a scope) that thankfully won't cause CM Punk to miss even a month. Instead, it's an injury that might put him on the shelf for about three weeks (according to a report in the Wrestling Observer, h/t F4wonline.com).
The general feeling is he'll be healthy to compete at the Royal Rumble on January 27th.
Then on Tuesday night, as the early SmackDown spoilers were rolling in, the word broke that there was a change to the TLC pay-per-view; it was posted later on WWE.com, too.
That post featured a letter "written" by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. You can read the whole thing here, but here's what we know:
1. Due to the knee injury, CM Punk does not have to defend the WWE Championship against Ryback in a TLC match at the TLC pay-per-view on Sunday, December 16th. Ryback will get an opportunity when Punk is healthy again.
2. A new Tables, Ladders & Chairs match has been added to the TLC pay-per-view, which will see Ryback team up with Kane & Daniel Bryan against the group known as The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns). For the first time ever in a TLC match, the match will end via pinfall or submission only.
After hearing all this news, I decided to break down my thoughts into five different takes.