It's happened again.
Once again, CM Punk retains the WWE Championship, but not on his own power.
Last month at Hell in a Cell, Punk escaped Atlanta and the cell with his WWE Championship after a crooked referee (Brad Maddox) hit Ryback with a low blow as Punk rolled him up for the quick count.
Last night at WWE Survivor Series, Punk had his back to the wall once again, as he faced both Ryback and John Cena in a Triple Threat match.
NXT rookies Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns interfered in the match just as Ryback was about to close it out.
After hitting both Punk and Cena with the Shell Shocked finisher, the three men, all dressed in black, hit the ring and attacked Ryback and put him through an announcers table.
Punk then crawled to Cena in the ring and got the pinfall to retain his title.
It is unclear the motive of the three men, but the fact that they were dressed in all black makes you wonder if a new stable is in the works, possibly led by Punk.
As for Punk, he will be walking into Monday Night Raw following Survivor Series, having held the WWE Championship for exactly one year.
Once a week goes by, we could see Punk put on a tribute to Randy Savage, as he will be passing him on the all-time list for amount of days holding the WWE Championship during a single-title reign.
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From 1988 to 1989 Savage carried the WWE Championship from WrestleMania IV to WrestleMania V. Savage held the title for 371 days before dropping it to Hulk Hogan.
Earlier in the night, the World Heavyweight Championship was retained by Big Show after a disqualification by a knocked-down referee by Big Show.
This was after a referee was Brogue kicked by Sheamus as well in a very violent and competitive contest.
Dolph Ziggler impressed as the sole survivor for his team and last eliminated Randy Orton to seal the victory for his team.
Just as Orton was about to hit the RKO, Ziggler countered with a superkick for the victory.
Still in possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase, Ziggler could target the World Heavyweight Championship after a possible brutal contest at Tables, Ladders, and Chairs next month.
Antonio Cesaro retained the U.S. Championship defeating R-Truth, and Eve retained her WWE Divas Championship defeating Kaitlyn.
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel were all survivors in a bonus traditional Survivor Series match to begin the night.
Overall, the pay-per-view was a nice bridge to the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs event next month, and after that, a new year and WrestleMania season will be upon us.