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In a somewhat complicated turn of events, we witnessed widespread changes regarding both Team Punk and Team Foley which meant three of the original team members were removed from the match.
Firstly, The Miz quit Team Punk, citing poor leadership from his captain, and was later replaced by homecoming-hero Wade Barrett.
We were then informed that CM Punk and Ryback would also not feature, for reasons to be discussed later in the article. As a result of negotiations from Vickie Guerrero, it was announced that Punk’s role will be filled by none other than Dolph Ziggler.
So where are we now?
For the time being, the card reads Team Ziggler (Ziggler, Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) vs. Team Foley (Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Kane and a mystery fifth man).
Naturally, a few notable points stand out here.
Why was The Miz really left out? Perhaps he will be named as the mystery fifth man on Team Foley, thus potentially stimulating a face turn?
If not, it would appear that WWE’s most must-see superstar may not be involved in Survivor Series; something made all the more surprising by the fact that he is headlining much of the PPV’s promotional material.
And if he is not the fifth man, then who will be?
We may be in for a surprise return from the likes of Christian, Mark Henry or, dare I say it, The Undertaker?
Regardless of who completes Team Foley, I think the amended selections are an improvement on the original lineups, and will make for a much more well-rounded card come the Nov. 18 PPV.