Well it appears that The Rock is more than ready for his WWE title match a next month's Royal Rumble.
In fact, for the past few months he has been taunting "The Second City Savior," with trash talk and pics of him preparing for the impeding match.
The Rock continued his Twitter assault on Sunday with the following:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 23, 2012
Even though, it appears that "The Brahma Bull" is ready to go, one has to wonder if the WWE champ will be? Let's face it, we have about a month to go until the big event and Punk's time-frame for his return hasn't officially been revealed. Yes, he is scheduled to take on Ryback in a TLC match on Raw a few weeks prior to the Rumble, but there has been speculation as to whether or not that will happen. (via LordsOfPain.net, h/t B/R)
Even if Punk is up for that match, does it make sense for him to be involved in such a physical bout, heading into the Royal Rumble?
Personally, I feel that the WWE should give Punk some softball matches before January's pay-per-view. This would not only allow him to properly rehab, but give him a chance to get into fighting shape without having to overdo it.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think he should be feuding with Santino, just saying his matches with Ryback shouldn't be so daunting. Any way you slice it, Punk will definitely give his all no matter what. So, why risk a highly anticipated pay-per-view match for a one-off stipulation match on TV for free?
To me, it makes more sense for Ryback to get his return match against Punk after the Royal Rumble. However, if The Rock wins the WWE title, it could pose a slight problem for this scenario. That is, unless the company waits until after 'Mania to rekindle the Ryback-Punk feud.
In the end, we will have to wait to how things unfold in the coming weeks.