Book It: RVD vs. CM Punk at SummerSlam

Chris Featherstone@@CraveWrestlingFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

As many of us saw and heard, breaking news occurred during WWE Payback. Rob Van Dam will be returning next month at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. This was an instant pop for many people in the WWE Universe, as it would be interesting to see how he manages in today's WWE product.

But let's be honest—is the acquisition of RVD really that big?

The last time we saw him in a full-time schedule in the WWE was in 2007, as he was rebuilding a partly interesting ECW brand that resurrected due to high media sales and fan buzz.

Unfortunately—as we saw—it became "WWEized," which had its benefits, but not to the ECW fans who were salivating over the hardcore style. Eventually, ECW was dead. This time, it was for good.

Oh, yeah—let's not forget about his Stretcher Match at One Night Stand 2007.

Shall we briefly talk about his TNA run? I don't want to get you off your RVD high too soon. It was very below par. Yes, he won the TNA World and X Division title, but his runs were not very good, and it did nothing to help the product in the long run.

Instead, he saw limited traveling and dates, which helped him out, but not for the fans. He just wasn't that consistent, and he was totally out of shape. With that being said, it brings us to the present.

He is back in the WWE, and people are pumped.

There is good news and bad news. The good news is that if he is in the MITB match. The bad news is, he is working on a short-term, limited schedule. So that means another part-time wrestler is here to steal the spotlight from Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett.

So where do you put a 42-year-old, part-timer to draw money? The best option would be in a program with CM Punk. He has a history of successfully competing in feuds with people in that category (Triple H, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker). Why not add another one?

A match at SummerSlam would be a big draw. It would give CM Punk a good non-title spot on the pay-per-view, RVD a good opponent to showcase his unique style, and Paul Heyman a good back story to work with. It will be refreshing to see a matchup has never been seen before.

RVD—in order to not be shrouded with the current popularity of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Randy Orton, The Shield and the soon-to-be Wyatt Family—needs to immediately find his place when he returns. If not, his limited schedule would be more limited than expected.

This is why CM Punk would be the perfect opponent, and SummerSlam would be the perfect platform.

Would you favor a RVD vs. CM Punk match at SummerSlam? Sound off, respectfully, below.

Chris Featherstone is a writer for Continue to show your support on Facebook, Twitter and the PandP Show Tues. at 11 p.m. ET.