WWE Monday Night Raw Preview: Will CM Punk Be Stripped of the WWE Championship?

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIDecember 10, 2012

The last Monday Night Raw before WWE Tables, Ladders, and Chairs comes to us from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

After surgery on his partially torn meniscus from last week, CM Punk has been removed from the upcoming pay-per-view.

After passing John Cena for number of days holding the WWE Championship (Cena, 380), Punk became the longest reigning WWE Champion in the last 25 years.

Now that Punk is injured, could he be stripped of the WWE Championship by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon?

Wrestlers in the past whom have been legitimately injured have had belts removed before for several reasons.

One could be the fact that you want the biggest title defended at a pay-per-view, the other being you can use it in a storyline.

The Rock is set to face the WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble in January and with everyone screaming Punk vs. Rock, this has put a huge cloud over that possibility.

Punk is expected to be healed sooner than later, but the WWE could still strip Punk of the WWE Championship on tonight's raw, but he could very well get it back before The Rock gets a shot at the Champion at the Royal Rumble.

As the article above read from the desk of Mr. McMahon, replacing the WWE Championship match at WWE TLC will be indeed be a tables, ladders, and chairs match where the Tag Team Champions of Team Hell No and Ryback will compete against The Shield.

I fully expect Shield to demolish Kane tonight as they have already attacked Ryback and most recently, Daniel Bryan.

On top of that, John Cena has a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship contract at TLC this Sunday against Dolph Ziggler.

Expect Cena to try to get a leg up on his opponent Ziggler tonight on Raw and for AJ Lee to be right in the middle of it, as usual.

However, Ziggler is the one who really needs to get some momentum headed into this Sunday if he wants to keep the briefcase he has held since July's Money in the Bank event.

Raw is sure to be action packed and a nice build up into what looks to be a decent pay-per-view before we head into the new year and WrestleMania season.