Now that the holiday season has officially come to an end, the WWE has focused its attention toward preparing for the Royal Rumble and the road to WrestleMania. With just three weeks remaining until one of the company's signature events, there have been plenty of happenings in recent days.
It was announced a couple weeks ago that WWE Champion CM Punk would have to defend his WWE Championship against Ryback on the Jan. 7 episode of Raw, but it was unclear if his knee would be healed in time. Apparently, it appears to be healed, as the WWE is now saying that Punk's match with Ryback will go on as scheduled.
Also, The Rock's return is almost upon us, as he is being advertised for the Jan. 7 episode of Raw. In addition to that, he is scheduled to appear on the Jan. 14 episode of Raw as well, which is the 20th anniversary of the company's flagship show.
As if that isn't enough, a new champion was crowned on the most recent edition of Raw, a high-flying superstar is nearing his return from injury and Chris Jericho is at it again after he engaged in a war of words with one of the WWE's up-and-coming stars on Twitter.
Here is my analysis on all of that and more as I break down the latest news and rumors involving the WWE for the week beginning on Dec. 30.