WWE Survivor Series Results: CM Punk's Win and the 10 Most Memorable Moments
Given that Survivor Series is one of WWE's four big pay-per-views, it is no surprise that they had a few shocking moments in store.
This, of course, was accomplished in such a short amount of time since the card kept changing during the weeks prior to Sunday's pay-per-view.
Few matches culminated a feud or storyline, leaving the rest with more intrigue than the night before.
Some moments came in the form of a prop, like a blonde wig. Others were debuts that changed the landscape of the WWE Championship picture.
Here are 10 memorable moments from the 26th edition of Survivor Series.
3MB Defeating Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
3MB’s Survivor Series pre-show match against Team Co-Bro, the cleverly named duo of Santino Marella and Zack Ryder, was surprising only for its outcome.
Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal were able to defeat the comedic duo, which shows how invested WWE is in this stable.
Marella and Ryder have been fan favorites so having these two lose to comedic heels does not do much for their characters.
Expect Heath Slater and his band to slowly ascend to a bigger stage.
The Bonus Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match
The pay-per-view began with a traditional Survivor Series match, but it was not the match between Team Foley and Team Ziggler.
Instead, WWE decided to throw in a bonus match consisting of their tag team division and idle big men.
The match itself was not suspenseful given that four team members remained at the end of the match.
There were a few pops throughout the match, especially when the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara worked with Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.
WWE's main purpose was to highlight the high-flying abilities of these four superstars, and the two tag teams definitely entertained. Expect big things from these teams in the near future.
Antonio Cesaro's Dominant Win
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro has had a great run holding the title. In fact, he has not had much trouble holding on to the belt.
But his scheduled match against R-Truth became somewhat of a feud.
However, it did not flourish into much since WWE only had a few weeks to build up these matches, but R-Truth's trash talking definitely gained interest in the match.
Unfortunately for Truth and Little Jimmy, Cesaro was able to win in dominant fashion.
Cesaro was touted as a marquee champion throughout the entire match. And if he doesn't continue his feud with R-Truth, expect Cesaro to gloat about his championship victories every time he defends his title regardless of his opponent.
The Wig in the Divas Match
Stop me if you've heard this before: The Divas division is pretty stagnant.
Realistically, not much goes on with the Divas. They are usually allotted a small amount of time and there is usually only one feud at a time.
The match between WWE Divas Champion Eve and Kaitlyn was slowly becoming uninteresting despite having a mystery woman yet to be named.
The mystery lingered on for so long that it seemed that the storyline was dropped or that it was only a way to get Beth Phoenix off television.
Luckily, WWE decided to bring back the blonde whodunit tale before the match. Kaitlyn was assaulted by Aksana in a wig, only to have Eve show up immediately.
And although Eve eventually retained her Divas Championship, the storyline gained more depth, which could extend the feud between the two Divas.
WWE is breaking its own de facto rule of having only one Divas storyline at a time.
The AJ Lee/Vickie Guerrero feud took an unexpected twist with the introduction of Tamina Snuka.
AJ had originally gone to the ring to mock Vickie's investigation and later revealed that the Raw managing supervisor would be fired if she attacked her.
Tamina then stepped in to do Vickie's dirty work for her.
Although it may be too early to tell, Tamina may be playing the role of Vickie's bodyguard, which is a rarity in the Divas division.
The match between the Big Show and Sheamus was one of the most predictable of the night.
The referee was knocked out at the hands of Sheamus, who was aiming for the Big Show. Show quickly used the referee as a shield and eventually got the pinfall victory.
The decision was later overturned, but Big Show remains champion.
In frustration, Sheamus grabbed a steel chair and began hitting the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. It was more than just a few hits. Sheamus repeatedly hit Show until he was unable to get up.
One can look at it in two ways: The chair shots were WWE's way of pushing the envelope since Linda McMahon lost her campaign, or they can just tease the upcoming TLC pay-per-view.
It can definitely be both as well. You be the judge.
Team Ziggler vs Team Foley
The namesake match happened to be the most interesting of the card.
Because the match was a shell of its former self, there was not much substance to it.
The teams were more of a scrambled mess given all the different circumstances.
CM Punk and Ryback were replaced, The Miz turned face and switched teams and Cody Rhodes was replaced by David Otunga due to injury.
But that's not a bad thing. The convoluted and intertwining storylines leave fans wondering what will be next for these superstars.
The Miz has been feuding with Kofi Kingston, but there was a rivalry in the making with fellow teammate Randy Orton. Will the Intercontinental feud be dropped?
What will happen to a Rhodes-less Damien Sandow?
Everything is up in the air.
Dolph Ziggler as the Sole Survivor
WWE is pushing Dolph Ziggler despite not cashing in his Money in The Bank briefcase.
Not only was he picked to replace CM Punk in the traditional Survivor Series match, but won the match as the sole survivor.
The WWE commentators made it very clear since they repeated the phrase ad nauseam.
Doing this keeps Ziggler's momentum going but doesn't necessarily guarantee a championship match any time soon. His briefcase does that.
Still, the unpredictability factor becomes a role with the added spotlight.
The Year of CM Punk
Since CM Punk was able to retain the WWE Championship at Survivor Series, he is now in day 365 of his title reign.
This is a rare milestone. What is even more impressive is that he has now surpassed Hulk Hogan's record of 354 days.
2012 has definitely been the year of Punk, and he will take that in stride entering 2013.
How he will do that, however, remains to be seen.
The Ambush on Ryback
Ryback's quick ascension to the top has been surprising, but the interference of the NXT talent is arguably one of the more shocking events in recent memory.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns interfered in the triple threat championship match with the intention of hurting Ryback.
The trio eventually did by powerbombing the Big Hungry through the announcers' table.
The debuts of these superstars in particular were anticipated for some time.
Now that they finally made their arrival in WWE, they can keep Ryback away from the WWE Championship picture so that CM Punk and John Cena can continue their classic feud.