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The Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship between CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback needed to be great in order for Survivor Series to be considered a success and it most definitely was. Not surprisingly, CM Punk was able to retain and extend his reign to one year, but the manner in which the contest ended came as a shock to everyone.
Punk and Cena carried the match for the most part, but Ryback did his thing and played an integral role. As is always the case with Triple Threat matches, there was a lot of action and plenty of momentum shifts.
The coolest spot of the match, at least initially, came when Punk and Cena decided to join forces by double suplexing Ryback through the announce table. Punk and Cena have had plenty of issues in the past, but the fact that they teamed put Ryback over as a major threat.
With Ryback temporarily out of commission, Punk and Cena engaged in a see-saw affair. Ryback got back into it, however, and hit both men with Shell Shocked. Just as Ryback was about to pin Cena, three men dressed in black attacked the big man. They were Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns from NXT Wrestling, and their involvement allowed Punk to pin Cena.
For the second consecutive pay-per-view I assumed Brock Lesnar would be the one to help Punk, but I was made a fool of once again. Many fans have been complaining for weeks and months that the WWE has neglected its developmental talent, but it appears as though there are finally plans to push some new blood in WWE.
The writers had to find a way to get Punk the victory through unfair means and they definitely accomplished that at Survivor Series. Now, fans will be talking about Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns for the foreseeable future, and it figures to favorably impact the Raw ratings.
There is no better way to get young talent over than to pair them with a guy like Paul Heyman, and it seems like that is precisely what will happen. Heyman and Punk may deny involvement at first, but ultimately it will come out that they enlisted the help of the NXT stars.
When you combine the in-ring work with the crazy twist at the end, there is no question that the Triple Threat match was the best contest of the night.