On paper, the main event at WWE Survivor Series 2012 looks like it could be a toss-up. Both teams are loaded with top-tier Superstars who are familiar with each other’s styles and seem to know each other fairly well.
Well, that’s why they wrestle on a mat instead of on paper. And by the time Survivor Series is history, Team Punk will be victorious over Team Foley.
Actually, the reason why Team Punk will win boils down to two factors—cohesion and the power to distract.
Let’s look at cohesion first.
Team Punk—CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and the Rhodes Scholars, plus Paul Heyman at ringside—has not given any indication that the members have a problem with each other. Sure, Punk beat Del Rio for the WWE title back when Punk was a babyface, but that’s all in the past.
Meanwhile, Team Foley—Ryback, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No—has a major cohesion problem with the dysfunctional (yet hysterical) Team Hell No. Kane and Daniel Bryan cannot agree on anything and seem to enjoy one-upping each other. The other Team Foley members might spend as much time refereeing Kane and Bryan as they would in the ring.
But in the long run, cohesion will not matter anyway, because I think we all have an idea of who will be the last men standing.
That’s right—Punk and Ryback. I will not bore you with the order in which I think the Superstars will be eliminated, but it ultimately will lead to these two.
Why? Unfinished business from Hell in a Cell.
And that is where the power to distract will come into play. Two scenarios come to mind.
In the first scenario, Brad Maddox makes an appearance at ringside, and Ryback goes nuts. In the midst of trying to go after him, Ryback forgets about Punk long enough for Punk to roll him up or maybe hit the GTS (remember, Punk is a strong guy).
In the second and more likely scenario, don’t be surprised if at some point during the match, Brock Lesnar’s music hits. The big behemoth comes to ringside and his presence looms over the next few minutes. Lesnar attacks Mick Foley, and while the referee is checking on Foley, Lesnar jumps on the apron and hits Ryback. Punk covers him for the pin.
During the fracas that follows, Lesnar gets into the ring and drops Ryback with the F5. As they celebrate, John Cena rushes in and starts to fight with both men. That sets up a possible tag match at TLC with Cena-Ryback against Punk-Lesnar.
And that is another matter for another day.
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