The 26th annual WWE Survivor Series—an event that began in 1987—will continue the tradition today, Nov. 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback will face off in a three-way battle to determine the champion of the WWE.
The Survivor Series is a familiar event for CM Punk, who won his championship belt at the 2011 Survivor Series and has retained the belt for approximately one year.
Cena, a WWE superstar and 10-time belt holder, has gone over a year without the belt. He had a chance to win the belt during Night of Champions last September, but he failed to do so after the match ended in a draw.
As for Ryback, he gained his way into championship contention after Cena backed out of Hell in a Cell last October, which allowed Ryback to challenge Punk for the belt—resulting in a defeat for Ryback.
As a result, the three wrestlers will compete with each other and determine the WWE champion in what should be an exciting pay-per-view event.
Donald Wood of Bleacher Report and Ring Rust Radio points out that the event should entertain, regardless of the questionable buildup.
Despite a lackluster build, three championship matches & the 5-on-5 Survivor Series bout will make this PPV excellent! bit.ly/WfWzWP— RingRustRadio (@RingRustRadio) November 17, 2012
John Cena missed multiple weeks with an arm injury following Night of Champions, but Cena is determined to move on and compete for the belt.
Though Cena is physically prepared, the challenge of taking on Ryback is a daunting task.
Trying to figure out how in the hell to even approach Ryback this Sunday. #survivorseries will be quite interesting.— John Cena (@JohnCena) November 15, 2012
As for updates on other events, it has been confirmed that Lilian Garcia, who was injured in an auto accident last October, will in fact miss the Survivor Series.
WWE Championship Prediction
CM Punk has held the belt for nearly a year and the general perception is that nothing will change in that regard following the Sunday-night event.
John Cena is the superstar of WWE and has gone through a lengthy drought without the championship belt, but his desire for the belt will have to be put on hold for the time being.
WWE will preserve Punk's lengthy champion status to build up to Royal Rumble, which will presumably feature Punk and The Rock as the main event.
That scenario would provide more drama and would make for a more appropriate end to Punk's tenure.
Winner: CM Punk