Safe to say, the conclusion to Survivor Series shocked us all.
While the result of the WWE Championship match may have been somewhat predictable, the manner in which it was executed was certainly less so.
Furthermore, the elimination matches were also highly entertaining, providing us with a once-a-year match stipulation that I for one had forgotten the quality of.
It all made for a show which, considering it had only a three-week build, will go down as a success in terms of shaking up the landscape of the WWE.
This article identifies and discusses four of the big positives to come from Sunday night’s event.
At first, I was hugely disappointed with the AJ and Vickie Guerrero segment.
It seemed rather childish and felt slightly out of place at a pay-per-view show.
However, the eventual appearance of forgotten-Diva Tamina Snuka certainly grabbed my attention, injecting some much needed life into a storyline which had been in danger of petering out into nothing.
Tamina is a massive talent and one of the few Divas on the full roster capable of pulling off a decent match involving some notable wrestling manoeuvres.
Thus it’s certainly good to see the WWE giving the more talented assets an opportunity. Having Tamina involved with AJ can only bode well as it will result in some Diva matches of a higher quality.
Much like their Hell in a Cell showdown, this match delivered once again.
One of the big positives of this one was Sheamus’ incredible Electric Chair Drop on Big Show, and while the ending may have been somewhat controversial, it was at least an intriguing turn of events.
But for me, it was the events after the match which really grabbed my attention.
Sheamus’ attack on the Big Show brought one thing to everyone’s mind: a Dolph Ziggler Money in the Bank cash-in.
Fans were on the edge of their seats in anticipation, and despite the chants of the Indiana crowd, Ziggler’s appearance was not forthcoming.
So were the WWE teasing us on purpose? I really feel it might have. The whole segment was played out brilliantly and created a great atmosphere amongst the WWE Universe.
As it stands though, Sheamus’ use of a steel chair would appear to signify an extended feud into the upcoming TLC: Tables Ladders and Chairs PPV—an environment in which a Money in the Bank cash-in would appear far more likely.
One reason I really enjoyed this match was that it felt like a glimpse into the future of the WWE.
Guys like Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett and even Damien Sandow are all future World Champions, and it was great to see such talent showcased in what was a thoroughly entertaining match.
While it was disappointing to see Sandow eliminated so early, the performances of Barrett, The Miz and Ziggler were particularly impressive.
Miz seemed really over with the crowd, and I definitely feel a face turn is on the cards, while Barrett was thankfully made to look dominant after various recent instances of jobbing to Sheamus.
As ever, Ziggler stole the show though, but in a welcome change he even managed to score a huge win over Randy Orton courtesy of a Shawn Michaels-esque superkick to the WWE’s Apex Predator.
This could really be the chance Ziggler needs to push on to the main-event scene, and that can all start with the Show-off becoming the WWE’s next World Heavyweight Champion.
I fully expected to see Punk retain, but to do so thanks to Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns?
Surely no one in the WWE Universe saw that one coming.
It was a shocking end to an impressive Triple Threat match, and one which most importantly could have a number of different consequences moving forward.
Will the trio form a stable with CM Punk? Will they begin a three-on-one feud with Ryback? It’s difficult to predict at this moment in time, but whatever happens, the next few weeks in WWE certainly make for must-see programming for all fans of the company.
Regarding the match itself though, what does yet another failed title charge mean for John Cena?
The WWE may keep him in the picture due to the unclean finish, but does that mean Ryback stays in contention as well?
Probably not, as there is of course the return of the Rock to accommodate in just a few months time.
In my opinion, Punk and Cena will continue to battle it out for the WWE Title, while Ryback will seek revenge over Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns. While I hope the stable between these three men and Punk comes to fruition, somehow I feel it would be too good to be true.
But what do you guys think?
Comment below with your thoughts on how this one may pan out, as I’m sure there are going to be a huge range of differing opinions on these drastic developments from Survivor Series.