|Date: November 18, 2012
|Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse |City: Indianapolis, Indiana
|Attendance: 8,500 |Buys: 208,000
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This is the 25th annual Survivor Series event and although it isn’t the same format as it once was, it does still keep some of the tradition. CM Punk was originally scheduled to be part of a traditional Survivor Series match (I’ll get to that shortly) but Vince McMahon was the man to take him out of the match and prompt Vickie Guerrero into making Punk defend his WWE Championship against both John Cena and Ryback in a triple threat match. John Cena seems pre-occupied as Vickie Guerrero attempts to prove that Cena and AJ have been having an affair. We’ll also hear from Vickie regarding the issue tonight. Ryback looks to get revenge after bent referee Brad Maddox cost him the title at Hell In A Cell.
The World Heavyweight Championship is also set to be defended tonight as new champion The Big Show defends against former champion Sheamus. A rivalry that was once built on respect has now got personal after Big Show attacked both Sheamus and his mentor William Regal in a pub. Kaitlyn gets a shot at the WWE Divas Championship after she beat Layla in a number one contenders match. The other title set to be defended tonight is the United States Championship. R-Truth defeated the champion Cesaro in a non-title match on Raw a few weeks ago and tonight Truth gets a title match. On the pre-show before the event 3MB are expected to battle against Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel.
On top of all that there will be a traditional Survivor Series match. It was originally set to be Team Foley against Team Punk with both men compiling a team. Foley’s team consisted of Ryback, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton whilst team Punk was made up of Punk himself, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. However, Vince McMahon instead made the WWE Championship match so Dolph Ziggler became the new captain of the team. The Miz quit his team and Cody Rhodes got injured so Ziggler bought in Wade Barrett to join Alberto Del Rio and Damien Sandow. We are still yet to find out who will join Ziggler, Barrett, Del Rio and Sandow. Mick Foley’s final team member would go to a vote and the WWE Universe voted in The Miz to join Orton, Kingston, Bryan and Kane.
There was an unexplained change to the pre-show match but Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal would defeat Zack Ryder and Santino.
A video package kicks us off, first focusing on Survivor Series events gone by before moving on to some hype for the Sheamus vs. Big Show match and then the WWE Championship match.
Michael Cole welcomes us to the show before we’re treated to a bonus traditional Survivor Series match!
Brodus Clay, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel vs. Tensai, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Primo & Epico – Traditional Survivor Series match
This is a Survivor Series debut for Brodus Clay, Tyson Kidd, Primo, Epico and The Prime Time Players. Sin Cara is 0-1 at the event, Justin Gabriel is 1-0, Rey Mysterio is 2-5 and Tensai is 0-4. Brodus Clay is undefeated on PPV going into this match. Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd were advised to wrestle on the pre-show against 3MB but Santino and Zack Ryder instead fought 3MB. Tyson Kidd starts the match against Epico and Kidd applies a headlock. Epico counters with a wristlock but Tyson counters with a wristlock of his own. Plenty of chain wrestling between Kidd and Epico in the early going until Epico leaves the ring. Kidd looks to follow but Epico knocks him down on the apron. Back in the ring and Kidd takes the advantage with an armbar. Justin Gabriel tags in and hits a sunset flip for the first near fall of the night. Gabriel hits a standing moonsault and then tags Tyson Kidd back in.
Tyson goes back to the wristlock before tagging Rey Mysterio in. Mysterio hits a low dropkick for a two count. Epico tags in Darren Young who hits an Irish whip. Mysterio hits a drop toe hold and a low dropkick to the inner thigh. Mysterio tags in Sin Cara and we get a double team from there for a two count. Young tags Primo in but Sin Cara hits him with a handspring elbow and a springboard hurricanrana. Sin Cara hits a cross body for a two count. Primo hits a clothesline to take Sin Cara down and then tags in Tensai. Tensai hits two powerslams and a shoulder charge. Tensai tags in Titus O’Neil who hits an uppercut and then tags in Primo who hits a legdrop for a two count. Primo applies a camel clutch but Sin Cara escapes. Primo tags Tensai back in and he hits a big headbutt and an elbow drop before taking cheap shots at all of the opposite team. Brodus Clay hits a shot of his own and Sin Cara tags him in.
Brodus Clay hits a splash on Tensai in the corner and then fights off The Prime Time Players. All hell then breaks loose. Mysterio and Sin Cara dispose of Primo and Epico and then Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd dive out at them. With the ring clear, Brodus Clay hits a t-bone suplex on Tensai but misses with a splash in the corner. Tensai hits a shoulder charge and a senton splash for the three! Brodus Clay has been eliminated. That is his first ever loss on pay per view. Justin Gabriel gets in the ring but Tensai knocks him down with a shoulder charge. Tensai tags in Titus O’Neil who applies an abdominal stretch to Justin Gabriel. Titus hits a fallaway slam and Tensai tags himself in. Titus hits a backbreaker and Tensai hits the senton splash for a near fall. Tensai misses with a second senton and Gabriel rolls him up for the three! Tensai has been eliminated!
Tensai takes Gabriel out with a clothesline on his way out. Titus O’Neil then gets in the match and chokes Gabriel on the middle rope. I’m surprised at the first two eliminations in this match. Epico tags in and hits Gabriel with a chop and a double underhook suplex for a two count. Epico applies a chinlock but Gabriel fights out. Gabriel tags in Tyson Kidd who comes in with a springboard missile dropkick. He looks for another but epico dropkicks him off the apron. Epico tags in Primo who rams Kidd into a barricade before rolling him into the ring for a two count. Primo tags in Titus O’Neil who hits a modified pump handle slam. Kidd crotches Titus on the top rope and then hits a kick before rolling him up for the three! Titus O’Neil has been eliminated. Darren Young comes in with a big clothesline for a two count and then tags in Epico. Epico hits two consecutive side suplexes and then tries for a third but Tyson counters and locks on a sharpshooter! Epico taps out! Epico has been eliminated.
We’re down to four against two and Primo come sin and locks a chinlock on Tyson Kidd. Tyson gets out of it but Primo hits him with a side suplex. Primo heads to the top but Tyson hits him with a dropkick. Kidd tags in Rey Mysterio who hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Rey heads to the top but Primo goes up with him, looking for a superplex. Mysterio fights him off and hits a seated senton, an arm drag and then looks for a 619 but Primo ducks. Mysterio counters a backstabber and rolls Primo up for the 3! Primo has been eliminated! It’s four against one! Mysterio hits a hurricanrana on Darren Young and then a 619! Sin Cara hits a senton bomb and then Justin Gabriel hits a springboard moonsault. Tyson Kidd hits an elbow drop and Rey hits a splash for the three! It’s a win for Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel! Four high flyers. Decent match to kick things off.
Kaitlyn is shown walking backstage when she’s attacked by someone with blonde hair! Kaitlyn takes the advantage and takes the wig of and it’s Aksana! Eve turns up and says asks if Kaitlyn is ok, she’d hate for something to happen before their match. Kaitlyn pushes her over and repeats the same line.
Eve (c) vs. Kaitlyn – WWE Divas Championship match
This is a first time PPV match between these two girls. Kaitlyn makes her Survivor Series debut tonight, Eve is 0-2 at the event. The bell rings and the girls get right into it. Kaitlyn takes down Eve after throwing a wig at her. Kaitlyn lays in some kicks and uppercuts and Eve crawls out of the ring. Kaitlyn follows and smashes Eve off the Spanish announce desk. Kaitlyn rolls Eve back into the ring but Eve looks to escape again. Kaitlyn smashes Eve off the ring apron a couple of times and then back into the ring. Eve fires back with a couple of kicks and then hits Kaitlyn’s head off the mat. Eve hooks the leg and gets a two count before slapping Kaitlyn in the face. Eve applies an elevated choke and then kicks Kaitlyn to the mat. Eve hits an elbow drop to the spine for a two count and then hits a rolling head scissors.
Kaitlyn gets to the ropes to break the hold but Eve takes her right back down with an uppercut. Eve heads to the top rope but Kaitlyn pushes her down to the outside. Back in the ring and Eve backs off and begs for mercy but Kaitlyn paintbrushes her and then throws her across the ring a couple of times. Kaitlyn hits a shoulder charge, a flapjack and then a gutbuster. She hooks the leg but Eve kicks out. Eve holds on to the apron as Kaitlyn tries to pull her into the ring. Eve then smashes Kaitlyn off the apron before hitting a neckbreaker for the three! Eve wins the match and retains her Divas Championship!
We’re shown some footage from the Survivor Series pre-show. Team Ziggler aren’t really getting on. David Otunga is the newest member of Ziggler’s team after the injury suffered to Cody Rhodes.
We then go to Team Foley’s locker room where everybody is bickering. Mock Foley shuts them up and motivates his team. Randy tells Foley that he hates him.
Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth – United States Championship match
This is a first time PPV match between these two men. Cesaro is undefeated in pay per view going into this one but makes his Survivor Series debut tonight. R-Truth is 0-4 at Survivor Series if you count his loss at K-Kwik or 0-3 if you don’t. Truth rolls up Cesaro as the bell rings and then a few right hands. Cesaro hits a headbutt and a clothesline and then hits Truth with lefts and rights and a running boot. Cesaro applies a seated abdominal stretch and then a shoulder charge and a powerslam. Cesaro hits a double footed stomp for a one count and then applies a bear hug. Truth fights out of it with elbows but Cesaro takes him back down with a knee for a one count and then goes back to the bear hug. Cesaro hits a gut wrench suplex for a two count and then an uppercut before falling into a pinfall for a two count. Cesaro then goes back to the bear hug but R-Truth gets out of it, hits a couple of clotheslines and then a corkscrew elbow.
R-Truth runs into an elbow but then ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick for a two count. Truth hits a floatover stunner for a near fall and then looks for a scissors kick but Cesaro sidesteps, hits an uppercut and then the neutraliser which is enough for the three. Cesaro retains his United States Championship tonight. Pretty boring match to be honest.
The Rock has been tweeting. He gets a WWE Championship match at The Royal Rumble but who will his opponent be?
We’re shown recent footage with Vickie Guerrero “exposing” AJ as having an affair with John Cena. Apparently AJ has evidence that Vickie Guerrero has been caught red-handed.
AJ is out next, skipping to the ring. She says that Vickie has a secret which is why she’s been trying to stitch up AJ. Vickie Guerrero comes out and reminds AJ that she is the managing supervisor of Raw. AJ says that she was sent a photo and shows it on the titantron. It’s Vickie and Ricardo Rodriguez photoshopped having burrito’s together. There’s a second photo with Vickie and Jim Ross photoshopped together with JR’s BBQ sauce all over Vickie’s face. This is pretty crap. There’s a third photo with Vickie and Brodus Clay photoshopped dancing in a bedroom. Vickie threatens AJ who responds by getting in her face. AJ says that she doesn’t want to fight. Both girls will lose their job if they hit each other. Tamina then shows up and drops AJ with a Samoan drop and a top rope splash. Vickie asks Tamina what she’s doing before laughing in AJ’s face.
Josh Mathews is backstage with Paul Heyman. Heyman says that Punk isn’t given the credit that he deserves. Punk is the 8th longest reigning champion of all time.
There’s a video package showing the history between Sheamus and The Big Show. Big Show attacked Sheamus’ good friend William Regal!
The Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus – World Heavyweight Championship match
This is a second PPV match between these two men. Big Show won the first at Hell In A Cell last month. Big Show is 4-7 at Survivor Series, Sheamus is 1-2. The bell rings and the two men exchange right hands until Big Show drops Sheamus with a headbutt. Big Show hits a clothesline and then two big chops in the corner. Big Show hits a splash in the corner and then bounces off the ropes but Sheamus takes him down with a chop block. Sheamus then ties Big Show up in the ropes and lays in right hands and kicks. Sheamus then hits ten clubbing blows to the chest of Big Show before looking for a brogue kick but Big Show avoids it and rolls out of the ring. Sheamus dives off the apron and takes Big Show down before laying in some right hands. This is very different to their previous encounter at Hell In A Cell. Sheamus heads to the top but Big Show spears him on the way down! On the outside and Big Show throws Sheamus into the ring steps before rolling his challenger back into the ring and hitting a powerslam.
Big Show hits a headbutt and then throws Sheamus into the corner shoulder-first. The pace has slowed right down now as Big Show stomps all over Sheamus and chokes him on the second rope. Sheamus drops Big Show on the top rope and then hits a shoulder block but then runs into Big Shows boot. Big Show hits an elbow drop for a two count and then applies an armbar. Sheamus hits some right hands but Big Show hits a sidewalk slam for a two count. Sheamus manages to hit a big boot and then locks on a sleeper but Big Show manages to fight him off before avoiding a shoulder charge in the corner. Big Show then hits a modified slop drop for a two count and then goes up to the middle rope for a Vader bomb but Sheamus gets up, gets Big Show up on his shoulders and hits an electric chair drop for a two count. The two men get to their feet and slug it out and Sheamus takes the advantage with a knee and a couple of clotheslines. Sheamus looks for the brogue kick but Big show blocks and looks for a chokeslam but Sheamus counters and hits white noise for a near fall.
Sheamus motions for a brogue kick but Big Show pulls the referee in the way and Sheamus wipes out referee Scott Armstrong! Referee’s and trainers check on Scott Armstrong with Sheamus until eventually Sheamus turns around and Big Show knocks him out with the WMD punch! Big Show hooks the leg and gets the three! Big Show retains the World Heavyweight Championship tonight! Another referee then tells Justin Roberts that Big Show is disqualified and Sheamus actually wins the match! But Big Show takes home the World Heavyweight Championship tonight! After the match Sheamus nails Big Show repeatedly with a chair. It’s a TLC PPV next month, are they building towards a chairs match? A “we want Ziggler” chant breaks out but Dolph doesn’t show up.
There’s an ad for the new Attitude Era DVD.
Team Foley (Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Kofi Kingston & The Miz) vs. Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett & David Otunga) – Traditional Survivor Series match
Ok so Survivor Series records first, Randy Orton is 6-3, Daniel Bryan is 1-0, Kane is 4-7-1, Kofi Kingston wrestled in his 5th consecutive traditional Survivor Series match and he is 1-3 at Survivor Series, The Miz is 1-3, Dolph Ziggler is 2-3, Alberto Del Rio is 0-2, Wade Barrett is 1-1 whilst Damien Sandow and David Otunga make their Survivor Series debut tonight. Team Ziggler started out at Team Punk and consisted of CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. Only two of those original members are still a part of this team. David Otunga starts the match against Kofi Kingston and Kofi quickly rolls him up but doesn’t even get a one count. Kofi hits a dropkick and then looks for trouble in paradise but Otunga rolls out of the ring. Kofi hits a cross body to the outside and then rolls Otunga back in the ring for a two count. Kofi tags in Daniel Bryan who hits uppercuts to David Otunga who has a wedgie. Otunga hits a powerslam and tags in Damien Sandow.
Sandow hits a side Russian leg sweep on Daniel Bryan and then the elbow of disdain for a two count. Sandow then applies a chinlock but Bryan gets out of it and hits a clothesline and then a running dropkick. Bryan hits some kicks to the chest of Sandow who rolls out of the ring. Sandow then wishes his team luck and walks to the back but Kane goes after him and rolls him back into the ring. Bryan hits Sandow with a kick and then tags in Kane who hits a chokeslam for the three! Damien sandow has been eliminated. Daniel Bryan and Kane then get into an argument and Kane pushes Bryan out of the ring. Ziggler then hits a zig-zag on Kane for the three! Kane has been eliminated! Miz and Orton then argue and Ziggler tries to take advantage but Randy sees him coming and lays in some right hands. Orton hits a suplex for a two count and then tags in Kofi Kingston. Kofi tags in Daniel Bryan who hits some uppercuts but Ziggler hits a knee and tags in Wade Barrett. Barrett avoids a running dropkick and then lays in some knees before booting Bryan out of the ring.
Barrett rams Bryan into the apron before rolling one half of the tag team champions back into the ring, pinning him for a two count and then tagging in David Otunga. Otunga hits a shoulder charge and then pins Bryan for a two. Bryan counters the pin with a yes lock and Otunga taps out! David Otunga has been eliminated. Alberto Del Rio goes right to work on Bryan with stomps and then applies a chinlock. Del Rio hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then looks for a running knee but Daniel Bryan back body drops him to the outside. Ricardo Rodriguez checks on Del Rio and rolls him back into the ring. Bryan tags in Kofi Kingston who hits clotheslines and dropkicks. Kofi hits a boom drop and then motions for trouble in paradise but gets distracted by Dolph Ziggler. Kingston still hits a springboard cross body on Del Rio and pins him for a two fount. Del Rio tags in Wade Barrett but again Kofi gets distracted by Ziggler. Barrett hits a side slam and then the bullhammer elbow for the three! Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
Randy Orton gets involved and drops Barrett with a dropkick. Orton runs into a big boot but counters a suplex with one of his own followed by a kneedrop for a two count. Orton looks to tag in Miz but Miz doesn’t tag in and instead it’s Daniel Bryan that tags in. Bryan hits some kicks on Barrett and then a missile dropkick for a two count. Bryan hits some kicks but Barrett clotheslines him out of the ring and then tags in Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio rolls Bryan back into the ring but Bryan looks to lock on the yes lock but Del Rio escapes. Del Rio hits a running kick and then locks on the cross arm breaker! Daniel Bryan taps out! Daniel Bryan has been eliminated. The Miz gets in the ring for the first time and he lays in some left hands to Del Rio and then an elbow. Miz tags in Orton who stomps away at the man he beat at Hell In A Cell last month, Alberto Del Rio. Randy gets a two count but Del Rio takes the advantage with an armbreaker for a two count and then tags in Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler hits an elbow drop for a two count and then applies a chinlock.
This match is down to Randy Orton and The Miz against Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett and Alberto Del Rio. Orton fires Ziggler into the air and then tags in Miz. Ziggler tags in Barrett but Miz lays into Barrett with right hands and his trademark clothesline in the corner. Miz then nails Ziggler off the apron and hits Wade with a double axe handle. Miz looks for the skull crushing finale but Barrett avoids it and takes Miz down with a kick. Barrett looks for a pumphandle slam but Miz counters and hits skull-crushing finale for the three! Wade Barrett has been eliminated. Alberto Del Rio gets involved right away but Miz drops him with a DDT for a two count. Del Rio hits a German suplex for a two count and then goes up to the middle rope but Miz pulls him down. Del Rio avoids Miz’s clothesline in the corner and then hits a shining wizard for the three! The Miz has been eliminated.
We’re down to Randy Orton against Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler. Orton and Del Rio square off and exchange right hands. Orton nails Ziggler off the apron but turns around into a shining wizard from Del Rio for a two count. Alberto tags in Dolph who hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler tags Del Rio who hits a double stomp and then heads to the top but he dives off and Orton hits him with a dropkick. Orton then fires up with clotheslines and a powerslam but gets distracted by Ricardo Rodriguez which allows Del Rio to hit a dropkick for a two count. Mick Foley then lays out Ricardo Rodriguez with a right hand and rams Mr Socko down his throat! Orton then looks for an RKO on Del Rio but ziggler gets in the ring and accidentally dropkicks Del Rio. Orton disposes of ziggler and hits Alberto Del Rio with an RKO for the three! Alberto Del Rio has been eliminated!
We’re down to Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler. Orton motions for an RKO but Ziggler hangs on to the ropes and then hits a zig-zag! He hooks the leg but Orton kicks out at 2. Ziggler looks for a fame-asser but Orton side steps it and then hits a hangmans DDT. Orton motions for an RKO and then wipes some blood from his mouth. Ziggler doesn’t get up so Randy backs off and motions for a punt but Ziggler gets up and hits a superkick for the three! Dolph Ziggler wins the match as the sole survivor for his team! Great match.
There’s an ad for the latest WWE movie. It looks pretty bad.
Next are some tout’s for who the WWE Universe think The Rock will face at Royal Rumble. The announcers then vote on who they think will win, Cole and Lawler back Cena, JBL thinks CM Punk. Nothing like backing the newcomer.
There’s a video package next hyping the main event.
CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback – Triple threat match for the WWE Championship
This is a first time triple threat match between these three men. In fact every match tonight is a first for PPV. CM Punk is 3-2 at Survivor Series, John Cena is 7-0. Ryback makes his Survivor Series debut tonight. The bell rings and CM Punk leaps out of the ring with John Cena in pursuit. Ryback then chases Punk until he and Cena catch him and take it in turns to take him down. Eventually Cena and Ryback go face to face which allows Punk to knock Cena down. Punk lays into Ryback but runs into a boot. Cena then bulldogs Punk down before Ryback clotheslines Punk out of the ring. Ryback and Cena then go face to face and Ryback shoves Cena to the mat. Cena knocks Ryback down with a shoulder block and then sets up for the attitude adjustment but Ryback counters and hits a shoulder block of his own. Ryback hits a hard Irish whip that knocks Cena out of the ring and CM Punk pounces on Ryback.
Punk suplexes Ryback but Ryback gets right back up and hits a gorilla press slam and then a fallaway slam. Punk rolls out of the ring and Cena gets involved, taking Ryback down and then locking on a chinlock. Punk comes in off the top with a double axe handle to Cena before knocking him out of the ring. Punk hits a flying double axe handle to Ryback and then goes back up top but Ryback catches him and rams the WWE Champion into the corner. Punk hits a dropkick but Cena rolls him up for a two count. Cena then sets Punk up for an attitude adjustment but Punk slips down and hits a DDT for a two count. Punk applies an inverted bridging chinlock but Ryback picks up Punk and hits a running powerslam. Cena then hits a slam on Ryback who gets right back up. The two men then exchange right hands until Cena hits a shoulder block. Punk then drags Cena out of the ring and launches him into the ring steps.
Punk then applies a chinlock to Ryback but Ryback fights out of it and knocks Punk down with clotheslines and a back body drop. Ryback hits a spinebuster and the meathook clotheslines before motioning for the shellshock! Instead Cena pulls Ryback down and locks on the STF! In the background CM Punk heads to the top and hits a flying elbow drop to Cena to break up the hold. All three men are now down. Punk is first up and motions for go to sleep before scooping up Cena but Cena slips back down and the two men slug it out. Ryback then clotheslines both men down. Ryback throws Punk out of the ring before doing the same to Cena! Ryback then looks to scoop up both men on the outside but Punk and Cena double team him and beat him down on the outside. Punk and Cena take apart the announce desk and then double suplex Ryback right through it! Punk and Cena get back into the ring and Cena fires up with a couple of shoulder tackles, side slam and five knuckle shuffle.
Cena scoops up Punk for an attitude adjustment but Punk counters and hits the go to sleep! He hooks the leg but Cena kicks out! Cena then hits attitude adjustment out of nowhere but Punk kicks out! Punk hits some kicks but Cena manages to duck one and looks to lock on the WTF but Punk kicks him away. Punk hits his trademark running knee in the corner and then looks for a bulldog but Cena counters and locks on the STF! Ryback wakes up and pulls Cena out of the ring before dropping him with a clothesline. Ryback motions for a meathook clothesline on CM Punk and hits it! Ryback then motions for the shellshock! He scoops up CM Punk and hits it! Ryback hooks the leg but Cena breaks up the cover! Cena scoops up Ryback but Ryback counters and hits shellshock on Cena! Suddenly three men jumps the ring and take down Ryback! That’s Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose from NXT! They take Ryback out of the ring, take apart the Spanish announce table and powerbomb him through it!
Back in the ring CM Punk crawls over and pins John Cena and the referee counts the three! Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins leave! CM Punk’s music hits, he retains the WWE Championship again! A 12th successful PPV defence for CM Punk during this title reign. He has now held the title reign for 365 days. A really good triple threat match between these three men.
And that was Survivor Series 2012. It felt ok. I’m a fan of traditional Survivor Series matches so I really enjoyed them and the main event was great too. The match that kicked off the show was a bonus that I suspected might happen. It was a decent match, not the most memorable of traditional Survivor Series matches but a decent match none the less. There were four survivors so I guess it was designed to elevate the tag team division and most specifically Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel. I was surprised when Brodus Clay and Tensai went out so early but I guess this match wasn’t about them. Decent enough match to kick things off though. Eve then beat Kaitlyn fairly cleanly which I guess puts an end to this rivalry. Eve is a better heel than I thought she would be and I like her as champion. If I was to guess then I would say that AJ will take the title from her, maybe at Wrestlemania but we’ll see.
Cesaro beat R-Truth next and this match felt pretty boring. Cesaro has a unique pace to his matches which is a slow one. He’s slowly rising up the card and has now beaten Zack Ryder, Justin Gabriel and R-Truth in PPV title defences. I think his matches will continue to get better because he is a really good wrestler. Sheamus beat The Big Show by disqualification which means Big Show keeps the World Heavyweight Championship. This match was ok, nothing spectacular, I actually preferred their match at Hell In A Cell. I like Big Show dominating matches. Sheamus destroyed Big Show with a chair after the match which I think will lead to a chair match at TLC next month.
The big traditional Survivor Series match was next with David Otunga filling in as a disappointing replacement for Cody Rhodes. It came down to Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler and it was Ziggler that won the match as the sole survivor. Ziggler is getting a good push at the moment and I like him winning this match. I have a feeling he’ll be cashing in his Money In The Bank briefcase successfully so his build is important. And in the main event CM Punk defeated John Cena and Ryback to retain the WWE Championship. The real story here is the debut of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose who will be big stars in the future. Punk retains tonight and the Ryback push looks to be over. I think Punk will go on to hold the title until Royal Rumble, probably beyond but I think it’ll be he and The Rock at the Rumble.
Overall Rating: 57.9/100 (ranked 148th out of 284)
Match Of The Night: CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Ryback
Worst Match Of The Night: Cesaro vs. R-Truth
Surprise Of The Night: The debut of Rollin, Reigns & Ambrose
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose
Survivor Series 2012 Will Be Remembered For: The debut of The Shield