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WWE Survivor Series 2012: Team Cena vs. Team Punk Would Have Been Better

[adinserter block=”1″]CM Punk and John Cena are no strangers to what each other are capable of when they get into the ring together. From their WWE Money in the Bank 2011 match to their Night of Champions 2012 match, Cena and Punk have put on some of the best matches of the PG era.

Survivor Series is about history. It’s about tradition. No wonder it’s almost Thanksgiving. A holiday all about history and tradition as many holidays are. Does anyone remember when WWE Survivor Series was always on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving?

What better tradition than having the best feud in PG era history captain opposite teams?

We see a ton of short-term feuds these days. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan is a prime example of this. After losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus at WrestleMania, Bryan entered a feud with Punk that saw some of the best matches all year including their showdown at Over the Limit. Even Punk and Ryback have only recently begun to feud with one another. WWE is notorious for dropping angles and storylines, so we should not be surprised.

Whether it is Punk and Foley, Punk and Ryback or Foley and Ziggler, no match up would get as much attention, intrigue or meaning than Team Punk and Team Cena.

When you talk about Cena and Punk, you are talking about the top two stars in WWE. John Cena has been the top babyface of the company for the last several years. While Punk has spent time on both sides of good and evil, WWE is clearly pushing him as the top heel since Raw 1000.

If a traditional Survivor Series match is going to be the main event of the show, then the captains of each team should be the top face and heel of the company.

This year, Survivor Series should not have a WWE Championship match. There was an increase in excitement for a pay-per-view with the traditional five on five match as the main event. Not only that, but Punk is facing the Rock at the Royal Rumble. This should signal in your head that Punk is not losing it before then. If the main event was a traditional five on five match including Punk and Cena, WWE could prolong Punk’s next WWE Championship defense.

With Punk and Cena as team captains, their unfinished business would be highlighted much more than it is now. Punk defeated Cena and Big Show in a triple threat match at SummerSlam 2012 when he pinned Big Show. Then, at Night of Champions, Punk retained his title after a screwy finish that ended in a draw. Then, John Cena had surgery and could not continue the feud into Hell in a Cell. This feud is not over. Not by a long shot.

And how does Team Foley make any sense? Because of two encounters, Mick Foley gets to team captain against Punk, while Cena is doing what? Cena was originally seen as entering a feud with Dolph Ziggler, but that too seemed to be set on hold.

[adinserter block=”2″]Bottom line here is Cena and Punk are the biggest names in WWE right now and with the traditional Survivor Series pay-per-view coming up, WWE made a big mistake.

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Seth Guttenplan is a teacher by day, writer by night. In addition to being a writer for, Seth is the owner of, Bleacher Report writer and a host for Radio. To read more from Seth, follow him on Twitter (@sethgutt) and visit

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Seth Guttenplan is a math and computer technology teacher for special education students in New Jersey. In his free time, Seth writes about wrestling for Camel Clutch Blog and SEScoops. Follow Seth on twitter @sethgutt


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