WWE Champion CM Punk medically cleared to compete on in TLC Match
As WWE Champion CM Punk’s potential title defense against Ryback approaches on the Jan. 7 edition of Monday Night Raw, WWE.com can report that The Straight Edge Superstar has been medically cleared for in-ring competition several weeks after his undergoing knee surgery. The news was confirmed on the Jan. 2 edition of WWE Main Event on ION Television, where WWE physician Dr. Michael Sampson Touted his diagnosis to the WWE Universe ( WATCH DR. SAMPSON’S TOUT). The decision returns Punk to action effective immediately, meaning he will defend his championship as scheduled in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match against Ryback.
The bout had originally been scheduled for the WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, but Punk’s sudden trip under the knife suspended that contest until the champion was fully recuperated. His status was in doubt as recent as Dec. 31, when his recovery timeline from the procedure was called into question by Punk's personal physician ( WATCH). WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon had gone so far as to schedule a potential replacement match should Punk prove unable to compete, but it appears The Chairman’s worries are now assuaged. The match is on.