If the handicap match well is filled with alcohol, WWE needs its stomach pumped. It has gone to that well one time too many. Ahead of WWE's TLC pay-per-view, WWE has booked two very similar three-on-one matches.
CM Punk, popular for his anti-authority antics, is being punished for remarks he made against The Authority. Triple H brushed off these comments during his weekly interview with Michael Cole, saying "unlike the Internet geeks, I don't hang on every word that comes out of CM Punk's mouth."
Still, The Authority acted swiftly in booking the antihero against all three members of The Shield.
The Shield is unquestionably the hottest competitive stable in the WWE over the past calendar year. As reported by Slam Magazine, the group didn't suffer its first loss as a unit until June of this year, almost seven months after debuting at Survivor Series.
The Shield's own inner turmoil, which was most recently teased following Dean Ambrose's loss to CM Punk, is the only force that has ever been booked to threaten its existence.
The Wyatt Family figures to end Daniel Bryan's existence as a babyface come Sunday. Bryan, also popular for his plight of authoritative resistance, finds himself in a similar situation booked opposite of the creepy trio. The Wyatt Family figures to pick up where The Shield left off as a dominant stable and could be just that if they are joined by Bryan.
WWE's handicap-heavy show is reminiscent of some of the all-time great handicap pseudo-duels in wrestling history. Some even helped shape the history of pro wrestling itself.
Great battles of this ilk are graded on star power, venue, match structure and how well they jelled with ongoing storylines. Some candidates on this list are carried by their brilliance in emphasizing one particular category. Not all handicap matches are created equal. Then again, there is nothing equal about this match formula to begin with.