Didn't see that coming, did you?
WWE Survivor Series caused the Internet to explode in joy during the final minutes of the show, finally answering the question of when we would be seeing the debut of new stars from the developmental branch, NXT. The main roster has now been injected with three healthy doses of new blood in Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. We also saw the unexpected return of Tamina Snuka and CM Punk cementing his legacy as one of the greatest of all time, locking in one full year as WWE Champion.
So, what's next?
One thing WWE most definitely succeeded in doing was making us want to tune in tonight for Raw and see what will develop in preparation for the next pay-per-view, TLC. I am posing five questions that will likely be answered by the time December 16 gets here for what is sure to be a raucous crowd in Brooklyn.
Let's get to it!
Yes, it seems like we ask this question every other day on B/R. I've done it myself. More than once. Never before, though, was Dolph Ziggler given as big of a chance to shine as he was last night, beating Randy Orton and in turn becoming the sole survivor of Team Ziggler by pinning the man who has made a career out of doing the same thing at Survivor Series.
They could have done a lot of things differently. They could have let it come down to Orton and Alberto Del Rio or involved Ricardo Rodriguez. They could have had interference on the part of Mick Foley.
All options were turned down in favor of Ziggler capitalizing on a huge mistake by Orton and pinning him in the center of the ring. If this is going to be the start of something much bigger for Mr. Money in the Bank, he picked a great time and place to be off and running.
Tamina Snuka has come a long way from getting wooed by Darren Young on the never-ending NXT: Redemption. Showing off a new look, she blindsided AJ during a confrontation with Vickie Guerrero and delivered a Superfly Splash to the former general manager of Raw.
This opens up several possibilities for not only Vickie Guerrero, but the rest of the Divas division. If Tamina is to be some kind of assistant or hired gun for Vickie, the power that Eve holds as Divas Champion could be in jeopardy. Perhaps Tamina will go into business for herself after exploiting whatever advantages Vickie can give her. Tamina might also join up with some new blood to cause trouble everywhere they go within WWE.
Speaking of new blood...
Just when it looked like WWE was going to pull the trigger and make Ryback the new champion, three men shook up everything we thought we knew about the roster.
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and NXT Champion Seth Rollins all ambushed Ryback in the ring and, thanks to Triple Threat rules, powerbombed Ryback through the Spanish announce team's table. This gave CM Punk the chance to pin John Cena, already the victim of a Shellshock.
Brad Maddox swore up and down that he screwed Ryback out of the WWE Championship at Hell in A Cell of his own accord. Right before his ill-fated match against Ryback, however, Paul Heyman took him aside and went for a walk. Maddox also mentioned his time in developmental, and I would not be shocked to see that a new alliance has been formed with Heyman, Punk, Maddox, Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns.
It has been a long time since a stable or faction has caused chaos around WWE, and Heyman and Punk are the perfect people to lead a charge of new recruits.
We may have seen the last of the smiling Irishman who enjoys a fight and a pint. Sheamus, infuriated over The Big Show's decision to use a referee as a shield for a Brogue Kick and a disqualification finish, grabbed a steel chair and beat The Big Show to the ground. I don't remember the last time I saw The Big Show crawling away from someone and pleading for them to stop, but Sheamus made it happen.
I was convinced this feud would be over after Survivor Series, but one more brutal match between the two at TLC is a perfect place to finally settle this score.
The Big Show is still a giant, and an incredibly powerful one at that. However, he has not had to deal with this side of Sheamus before. Given the chance to utilize weapons, Sheamus may be able to brutalize The Big Show enough to take back the World Heavyweight Championship.
It's official: John Cena's future at the moment is clouded.
On one hand, Cena lost a WWE Championship match thanks to outside interference and could make the argument that he and CM Punk still have a score to settle, one on one, one last time.
On the other, Cena is in the thick of a scandal with AJ Lee. Tamina's appearance last night did nothing to quell the situation with Vickie Guerrero and Cena may opt to stand at AJ's side instead of pursuing his own interest with the WWE Championship. This could also lead to a match with Dolph Ziggler if Ziggler continues to poke his nose around Cena.
What will Cena do? At this point, he is in control of his WWE destiny.
Thank you to everyone once again for reading, and please join in on the discussion in the comments below!