Survivor Series 2012: WWE Championship Match Will Not End Decisively

Michael PrunkaCorrespondent INovember 15, 2012

Punk looks on as Cena and Ryback have a tug-of-war over his championship belt. Photo:
Punk looks on as Cena and Ryback have a tug-of-war over his championship belt. Photo:

In the main event of Survivor Series, WWE champion CM Punk puts his title on the line against John Cena and Ryback. No matter who comes out victorious, there’s no chance the outcome will be decisive.

Punk’s title reign faces its most difficult challenge on Nov. 18. Cena has been gunning for a rematch ever since he and Punk fought to a draw at Night of Champions.

Ryback is just plain unstoppable—even more so after he was screwed out of the WWE Championship three weeks ago at Hell in a Cell.

Right there is a huge reason why this Triple Threat main event won’t have a conclusive outcome—Punk hasn’t retained the championship in a definitive manner since SummerSlam. Why start now?

Punk has retained it because of some kind of shenanigans in a singles match and a Hell in a Cell match. A Triple Threat match practically invites a convoluted finish.

Paul Heyman is another factor in favor of a questionable victory for the champion. With him at ringside, Punk will retain no matter what it takes.

Even though Punk retaining the WWE Championship is the most likely result, it’s not the only prospect. The possibility of Cena or Ryback cleanly winning the title is even less likely.

Ryback winning period is unlikely. Granted, if he did win, it would make most sense for him to pick up the definitive win. After all, it would hurt the dominance of his character for his first title win to be marred in controversy.

But he won’t win. He’ll come close because he’s the WWE’s next big talent, but it’s not time to pull the trigger on him. As the road to WrestleMania approaches, Ryback would get lost in the shuffle as WWE champion.

In addition, Ryback vs. The Rock at the Royal Rumble is a weak choice when compared to Punk vs. Rock or Cena vs. Rock.

Cena, on the other hand, could win. From a business aspect, no one could blame the WWE for cutting Punk’s title reign a few hours short of a year to set up a rematch between Cena and The Rock.

That’s a WrestleMania-caliber match—especially if the two are competing over the WWE Championship.

I personally believe Punk vs. Rock for the WWE Championship could draw as well, if not better, than Cena vs. Rock II. That alone is reason enough for Punk to hold onto the championship until January.

It would be hard to believe even Cena can win clean over Punk and Ryback. Yes, he pinned Punk clean on the go-home edition of Raw. Even so, Ryback wasn’t a factor in that match.

The Triple Threat scenario cultivates plenty of scenarios for a questionable outcome. There could be a referee bump or someone like Brock Lesnar or The Rock could make a run-in.

There are plenty of ways the WWE could go about concluding the main event at Survivor Series. It’d be shocking if there was a definitive decision.


Michael Prunka is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Sports Writing Intern. Stay up to date with him by liking his Facebook page and following him on Twitter.