He has more than a full month to fully heal by The Royal Rumble, where Rock has already been announced as one-half of the WWE Championship match. Punk is being kept on television, and his manager Paul Heyman continued to taunt The Rock Monday on RAW.
To further fuel Punk-Rock conspiracy theories, Punk is slated to host USA's showing of The Game Plan, featuring The Rock. An in-character Punk will likely continue his verbal onslaught against The Rock during this gig.
In addition to CM Punk vs. The Rock, the WWE has a small handful of potential dream matches that could come to fruition.
Hopefully, the WWE learned its lesson from Manny Pacquiao's most recent knockout. Pac-Man's loss to Juan Manuel Marquez sullied any blockbuster appeal of a superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Many of the WWE's potential dream matches could happen within the next year. Should the WWE pussyfoot around these matches—just as Pacquiao and Mayweather did—the money and pay-per-view buys burned would be maddening.
Dream matches to be discussed will all involve at least one part-time or retired former WWE champion. The matches will be ranked based on their likelihood of happening based on outside careers and WWE contract status.