Well that is if you try to take these story lines as true stories and not acting. I think by now everyone knows it is what it is, and trying to be truthful in so much is part of why things are so stale. You can only stretch the truth so far.
Just saying that you can't blatantly rip off a previous gimmick without acknowledging it isn't going to work either. Maybe it's time to start revisiting the golden days, cause the current stuff is dying.
Most of the guys today can't do what was done in the golden days because they need a script. In the Attitude Era, pretty much everybody could just go off and do shoots without a real script. Only three guys in the WWE right now who could do that are Punk, Jericho, and Cena if he goes back to being a rapper. Daniel Bryan's finally starting to get to that level.
And as much as I hate saying this... Punk needs to lose the belt. Have him lose it to Ziggler or Daniel Bryan. And how does Santino have a championship? I mean he's hilarious and all, but it's stupid to have him as the champion when it could be used to push a guy like Brodus Clay or Curt Hawkins.