The WWE returned to pay per view on Sunday night with the 26th annual Survivor Series 2012. The second longest running pay per view in WWE history featured a traditional ten-man elimination match and a Triple Threat main-event for the WWE championship that ended in controversy.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]CM Punk retained the WWE championship by pinning John Cena in a Triple Threat Match which also included Ryback. The finish came when Ryback was about to pin Cena after giving him Shell Shock and was attacked by Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose dressed in black security outfits. Michael Cole explained that all three men were from the WWE developmental group NXT. Punk then wound up crawling over and covering Cena for the win.
The match was pretty good, especially when it was just Punk and Cena. I’ll say this for Ryback. He certainly wrestled more than he ever had in a WWE match and he didn’t look bad at all. The big spot in the match came when Punk and Cena worked together on Ryback. Punk and Cena gave Ryback a vertical suplex together through a table. The announcers put over that Cena and Punk worked together for the greater good. Maybe that was a precursor of things to come when The Rock returns?
This was a real lame finish, especially coming off a pay per view with a screw finish in the previous main-event. I don’t know if this was a mock of Aces and Eights or a resurrection of Nexus but it really came off like a lame attempt to copy Aces and Eights sans the mask. I think at some point this all comes down to Heyman forming some kind of a stable but I guess we’ll find out more on RAW Monday night. All in all it was a real good match marred by a bad finish.
The Big Show retained the WWE world heavyweight championship in a decent match against Sheamus. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick but wound up nailing the referee after Show pulled him in the way. The ref went down and during the chaos of replacing another referee Show hit the WMD on Sheamus for the pin. However, Show wound up disqualified for “pulling the other referee in the way” during the Brogue Kick. Sheamus attacked Show with a chair after the match. Considering the fact that the WWE used a screw finish now in both championship matches at Survivor Series, I think it was a bit of a weak ending here. The fans didn’t seem to care as they popped big for the chair attack after the match. They may do an injury angle here as Sheamus really beat on Show’s leg. Sheamus won by DQ but Show retained the title.
I really thought that Dolph Ziggler was going to run out here and cash in Money in the Bank. He promised to do it at Hell in a Cell and never did. I thought it was a perfect opportunity with Show down and having one bad leg. At the same time it would have turned Show so I can see why it never happened.
Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler came down to Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler. Orton’s mouth got busted open in the final minutes of the match. Orton dropped Ziggler with a DDT and just stood over Ziggler. Orton then set up for a punt. Ziggler countered with a super kick and pinned Orton to win the match as the sole survivor. The way it played it out it almost seemed as if it was the start of an Orton turn, especially the way he stared at Foley as the segment ended.
Team Foley had a harder time getting along than Team Ziggler. This was a great win for Ziggler as they constantly put over how Orton was the sole survivor in three past Survivor Series matches. They set up a big spot in the match where The Miz got in for the first time late in the match. It appeared they set it up for The Miz to get a huge reaction. Unfortunately he got none. Regardless, maybe, just maybe Dolph is finally getting ready to ascend to the world heavyweight championship.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]All in all it was an alright pay per view. The lame finishes in the title matches were a real turnoff and a real insult to anyone who paid to watch this show. I could also do without all of the drama such as the skits with Kaitlyn and Eve and AJ and Vickie Guerrero. I don’t think I am alone. The crowd was almost silent for most of the AJ-Vickie stuff, not a good sign since it’s a top storyline. I always felt that the WWE should save that stuff for RAW and give the fans paying $50 the wrestling. Nothing on the show came even close to the Aries-Hardy match at Turning Point. TNA Wrestling continues to have the edge in better main-events. Maybe that changes at TLC 2012 but at this rate I’d save your money.
Full WWE Survivor Series 2012 results & winners…
C.M. Punk defeated John Cena and Ryback to retain the WWE championship
Sheamus defeated The Big Show by DQ in a WWE World title match
Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio & Damien Sandow & David Otunga & Wade Barrett) defeated Team Foley (Kofi Kingston & Daniel Bryan & Kane & The Miz & Randy Orton) in an elimination match (Ziggler pinned Orton to win)
Antonio Cesaro defeated R-Truth to retain the U.S. title
Eve Torres defeated Kaitlyn to retain the WWE Divas title
Brodus Clay & Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel & Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara defeated Tensai & the Prime Time Players, Primo & Epico in a Survivor Series Match
3MB (Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal (with Drew McIntyre)) defeated Team Co-Bro (Santino Marella & Zack Ryder)
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