Following Monday's edition of Raw, it appeared as though we were in store for a run-of-the-mill week in the WWE, but that quickly changed. WWE champion CM Punk had to undergo emergency surgery to repair a slight meniscal tear on Tuesday and he has since been removed from the TLC pay-per-view.
Punk was initially slated to defend his title against Ryback in a tables, ladders and chairs match, but the WWE has instead decided to let Punk rest in anticipation of his huge Royal Rumble match against The Rock. While TLC must go on as scheduled, it will no longer involve the man who has now held the company's top title in excess of 380 days.
Speaking of the aforementioned Rock, things have become a bit clearer with regards to his potential WWE schedule as the Royal Rumble pay-per-view inches closer. He is now being advertised for several dates leading up to the event and that is sure to electrify the WWE Universe.
As great as that news is, the WWE has gone through some trials and tribulations over the past week as well. Raw ratings took a major hit, the company continues to struggle when it comes to bringing back a former superstar and another former WWE talent took to Twitter to blast one of the WWE's top stars.
Learn about all of that and more as I break down the biggest news stories and rumors surrounding the WWE for the week that began on Dec. 2.