In 1983, Harley Race put a bounty on Ric Flair heading into Starrcade, the first closed-circuit television match shown under Jim Crockett Promotions. Both "Cowboy" Bob Orton and "Dirty" Dick Slater cashed in and tried to put the soon-to-be NWA World champion out of action.
It did not happen. Even as a "fallen" soldier in the scheme (and program), Ric Flair was still an active member of the company and helped build the Starrcade event up and make it as great as it was.
While the scenario is not the same, CM Punk has a chance to help Tables, Ladders & Chairs this Sunday be a very good year-ending pay-per-view to build on toward the Royal Rumble.
In other words, while he may be on the shelf, the current (and undisputed) WWE champion is needed now more than ever to make this an easier time in the WWE with Punk's knee still on the mend.
It also must be a time where we see a war of words between the "Voice of the Voiceless" and "The Great One."
Let the war of words begin.
The WWE has not done as great a job at trying to promote the match between the current champion and the former champion. Surprisingly, the build up has been weak, even meek at best. This is a golden opportunity for Punk, who I think is a better interview than John Cena and a better-than-average "Randy Savage" on the mic.
The Rock, as we all know, has no equal. But Punk might be the closest thing to a sure thing.
And we all know the way to make up for deficiencies with matches because of distance, injury or timing is a great battle of words. Think of this as a way for The Rock to redeem himself after a lackluster performance over the course of the year when he was feuding with John Cena.
CM Punk must be the outer balance of Sunday night. He just be the levelness this PPV is lacking. We could have seen a WWE title match and a World title match added to this event. Now we have a six-man tag match as the main event.
I am not sure why this match is the lead match instead of the Cena/Ziggler match or the Sheamus/Big Show title match. All I do know is this PPV is still lacking, and we need some pizazz. We need some clarity. We need something shocking.
And most of all, we need to see CM Punk as the glue that will hold this PPV together.