Never let it be said that WWE isn't stubborn.
There were rumors circulating that the promotion wanted to make sure Ryback got one more crack at the WWE championship before the Royal Rumble, making up for the match he didn't get at the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) because of CM Punk's untimely injury.
Now it appears there's a date for that match and it's Jan. 7, 2013, on the very first episode of Monday Night Raw of the new year. Not only that but on the Christmas Eve episode of Raw, Ryback reveals he wants it to be a tables, ladders, and chairs match.
This is interesting for a number of reasons. For starters, Punk was taken off the holiday house show tour because he needed more time to heal. Having him come back to a match type like that against a wrestler like Ryback seems risky, especially considering the stakes.
After all, it's just a few weeks away from the Rumble and Punk's planned match with The Rock.
Speaking of "The Great One," the first episode of Raw he's advertised to return at is, you guessed it, on Jan. 7 in Tampa, Florida. That sets up easy for Punk to beat Ryback and Rock to make his presence felt immediately after, or any other number of scenarios that ultimately results in some sort of interaction with Rock and Punk.
That should be fun.
Do you Cagesiders agree with the decision to give Ryback one more WWE championship match? Or is it foolish and far too risky?