I hear ya. I can't help it. You guys should know by now I am an unabashed nWo mark...I've been pushing for this the past year. This will obviously turn out to be something else, and something new (hopefully)...but the thought is still there!
Regarding Heyman and Punk...I believe the two of them are friends or something like that or Punk requested working with him.
I agree with you regarding the 2002 edition. Oh and speaking of Ric Flair, Bischoff tweeted about him last night. Said he Ric called him and Ric was still funny. Eric didn't elaborate.