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WWE Survivor Series 2012: What Happens to the WWE Moving Forward?

David LevinSenior Writer IIJanuary 4, 2017

What the hell just happened? If it isn’t Brad Maddox allowing CM Punk to win the WWE title in Hell in a Cell, it is an invasion by members of NXT (including Dean Ambrose). Will we ever see a clean match again by CM Punk and a victory that allows him to keep the WWE title?

Shades of Ric Flair and the Horsemen helping him retain the title at any cost.

What we saw Sunday night at Survivor Series was a man who survived a match where he actually sold well like he normally does. John Cena and Ryback proved to be worthy opponents, with Ryback giving us more than we may have thought he would give.

John Cena and Punk are always entertaining, and Ryback vs. Cena is something that could be made into a really big “passing of the torch” type of rivalry.

This is the WWE, and it appears to be moving forward.

Survivor Series was pretty darn good, spot on in some matches. Actually almost all of them, with the Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler match really taking us back to another level like in the 1980s and 1990s of this event. While I was, again, worried Vince and the boys would not deliver, it surprised me again and was great.

I’ll give it an A- for the night.

Big Show and Sheamus will go another round, this time TLC in Brooklyn being the locale. Of course, we will see something come out of the Ryback and John Cena screw job and we might see more of the Eve/Kaitlyn saga since they both delivered a pretty good show. The surprise to me was the Tamina entrance into the Vickie Guerrero/AJ angle.

Could Tamina be a new member of Vickie’s stable? If so, what a great move by the WWE and its writers.

The traditional Survivor Series match between Team Foley and Team Ziggler lived up to its hype. From that match alone, we need to see rivalries from The Miz and Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett and Randy Orton. That match really sold, in my opinion.

Because of the solid performances of the night by most of the matches (I thought of all the matches, Sheamus/Big Show was the worst because of its ending), there will be a lot of buzz around the WWE heading into TLC and the New Year.

Could this be a time where the writers and the company really see the value in bringing along its new stars? What a concept. It just might work. And it just might figure to help, in wrestling terms, help put the WWE over for 2013 when things could really heat up with The Rock getting ready to take on the WWE champion in January.

Yes, Survivor Series did exactly what it was supposed to do—it stirred the pot heading into the end of the year.

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