Mick Foley appears disappointed following Randy Orton's loss. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
For the second consecutive year, WWE definitely delivered with their Survivor Series event this past Sunday live from Indianapolis. Not only were all the outcomes logical and welcomed, but there were quite a few monumental moments that will forever be remembered as some of the best in Survivor Series history.
Although no titles managed to change hands, the night's action was solid enough to keep this viewer entertained and overly excited for what lies ahead.
While watching the show, I noticed a handful of highlights that could be seen as interesting or intriguing to any ordinary WWE viewer. For those of you who may follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I have an obsessive knack for fun facts regarding various past WWE events.
Here, I'll attempt to entertain and enlighten you with knowledge, as I present my observed monumental, record-breaking, history-making moments from this year's Survivor Series event.
Santino Marella Clashes with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal Yet Again
3MB double-team Santino Marella. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Prior to this past Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view event, a pre-show was hosted on WWE's website and YouTube channel, where Santino Marella and Zack Ryder battled Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal in tag team action. Although the two teams have been feuding briefly in recent weeks, this wouldn't be the first time Marella clashed with either member of 3MB at Survivor Series.
Last year, Marella was successful in defeating Mahal in last year's dark match before Survivor Series went live. Also, Marella was unable to defeat Slater at 2010's Survivor Series event when the two were on opposing teams in a match that contested for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Tensai squashes Justin Gabriel... literally. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
In a surprising turn of events, an additional five-on-five elimination tag team match was made for Sunday's Survivor Series card at the last possible minute. Leading the heel team was Tensai, who was widely rumored to be taking part in the event in some capacity.
In addition to being one of the first competitors eliminated, his team would go on to lose regardless. This wasn't a strong return to Survivor Series for the man formerly known as A-Train, who hadn't competed at the annual event since 2003's installment.
At that certain show, A-Train came up short in yet another five-on-five elimination tag team match in the opening bout. So, should we expect Tensai to kick off Survivor Series in about a decade or so?
Rey Mysterio Remains Undefeated in Survivor Series Tag Team Matches
Rey Mysterio celebrates his Survivor Series victory alongside his teammates. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Since debuting in WWE over a decade ago, Rey Mysterio has competed in five elimination tag team matches at Survivor Series, all of which he's won. While he may not have been the sole survivor, his team still emerged victorious regardless.
In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, Mysterio has scored a victory at Survivor Series apart of the traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match. Sure, Randy Orton may have been sole survivor more times than the Ultimate Underdog, but who's to say that Mysterio doesn't have more successful experience in this kind of matchup than the Apex Predator?
U.S. and Divas Titles Successfully Retained for the Second Consecutive Year
Antonio Cesaro, still your United States Champion. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Aside from the two main events, the United States and Divas Championships, respectively, were both up for grabs at this year's Survivor Series event. Eve was successful in defeating Kaitlyn to retain her title before Cesaro soundly defeated R-Truth to maintain possession of this star-spangled prize.
This would be a repeat of the year prior, as both straps were successfully retained at 2011's event as well when Dolph Ziggler defeated John Morrison in the opening match. Beth Phoenix defeated Eve in a Lumberjill match later in the evening.
While the Divas Championship has changed hands at Survivor Series only once before (at 2010's installment), the United States Championship has yet change hands at the annual event since being reactivated nearly a decade ago.
Sheamus Brutalizes Scott Armstrong in Both 2009 and 2012
Sheamus unintentionally strikes referee Scott Armstrong with a vicious Brogue Kick. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Regardless of whether he's a face or a heel, Sheamus has always been known for his brutal brawling skills and determination to fight. Sheamus is so dangerous that he can hurt others unintentionally, which is exactly what happened at 2009's Survivor Series event.
During a five-on-five elimination tag team match, Sheamus accidentally delivered a legitimate knee to the head of referee Scott Armstrong, which forced Armstrong to be removed from the remainder of the bout in order to receive medical attention. It was later revealed he received a concussion, and he returned to officiating a short while later.
Fast forward three years later, Big Show dodged Sheamus' Brogue Kick by allowing it to hit Armstrong instead of him. While Armstrong was down and out, Show capitalized with a WMD onto the Celtic Warrior to retain his World Heavyweight Championship.
I'm not sure whether Sheamus has a personal vendetta against Scott Armstrong or what, but here's hoping they settle their differences sooner rather than later.
Same World Heavyweight Championship Match Finish from the Year Previous
Big Show argues with the referee regarding the conclusion of the match. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Since their extremely entertaining matchup at last month's WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, I've been truly enjoying the ongoing feud between Sheamus and World Heavyweight Champion Big Show in recent weeks. The feud has seemed to have reignited a mean streak in both giants, which makes both Sheamus and Show more compelling characters.
While their title rematch at Survivor Series didn't quite meet that same standards they set at Hell in a Cell, but the match itself was still pretty good in its own right. Despite scoring the pin-fall victory over Sheamus following dirty tactics, Show was disqualified, but still remained World Champion in the process.
Seeing this match end this way gave me flashbacks of last year's featured World Heavyweight Championship match at Survivor Series between Big Show and Mark Henry. Henry intentionally disqualified himself so he could keep his title, and it seems as if they're doing to do the same thing with Show as well.
Not only did both matches end in a disqualification, but the irritated challenger proceeded to beat down the champ following the bout with a steel chair. Needless to say, both matches involved Big Show, so at least we'll know what to expect next year if the World's Largest Athlete plans to compete for the World title again.
Additionally, this would be the third consecutive year that the World Championship match at Survivor Series ended in a non-finish.
No World Heavyweight Title Change Since 2008's Event
Big Show successfully retains his World Heavyweight Championship. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Due to the disqualification finish at Survivor Series, Big Show is still your World Heavyweight Champion. As previously stated, the World title match at the annual event has ended in fluky fashion in recent years, with yet another disqualification finish at last year's event and a draw between Edge and Kane in 2010.
In 2009, Undertaker successfully retained his World Heavyweight Championship against both Chris Jericho and Big Show in a Triple Threat match. This would have to mean that the last time the golden prize changed hands at Survivor Series would've been at 2008's event, where John Cena made his return to the ring to defeat Jericho to win his first World Heavyweight title.
Wade Barrett eliminates Kofi Kingston from Sunday's Survivor Series matchup. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Of all the matches on last Sunday's card, the second traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match featured the most monumental moments. While Wade Barrett's elimination of Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston may seem like it's nothing, it holds much more significance than you think.
The two foreign stars were on opposite teams last year as well, where Barrett eliminated Kingston early on in that matchup. The next night on Raw, Barrett defeated Kingston yet again in singles action as Randy Orton looked on.
Only a mere day removed from this year's event, history repeated itself when the evil Englishman put away Kingston for a second time (or fourth time, if you count their clashes from last November). Seems to me that Kingston is just incapable of defeating Barrett, which makes their upcoming feud over the Intercontinental title all the more intriguing.
Randy Orton and Wade Barrett Clash at Survivor Series for Third Consecutive Year
Wade Barret delivers a Wasteland to Randy Orton at last year's Survivor Series event. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Whether you realized it or not, there were two competitors in that second traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match that seem to cross paths every autumn. Of course, I'm referring to Randy Orton and Wade Barrett, who have clashed at Survivor Series for the past three years.
In 2010, Orton defeated Barrett in the main event to successfully retain his WWE Championship. Last year, Barrett evened the score by lastly eliminating Orton to pick up the huge victory for his team before embarking on a lengthy feud with the Viper in subsequent months.
Although Barrett wasn't the one to eliminate Orton, or vice versa, the evil Englishman got the last laugh when his team emerged victorious over Orton's. Are these two contractually obligated to face each other at Survivor Series every year?
Randy Orton's History of Superkicks at Survivor Series
Shawn Michaels connects with a Sweet Chin Music at Survivor Series 2007. (Courtesy of wrestlingwonders.blogspot.com)
At the conclusion of the second traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match, Randy Orton was tempted to punt Dolph Ziggler in the skull, but was instead met with a superkick from Ziggler. With that scintillating superkick, Ziggler covered Orton for the shocking victory.
This wouldn't be the first time that Orton has had problems with the devastating finisher at Survivor Series, as it was exactly five years to the day of Sunday's event that Orton defended his WWE Championship against Shawn Michaels. In that match, HBK's Sweet Chin Music was banned, but had Orton disqualified himself, he would've lost the title.
Fast forward five years later, Ziggler put Orton away with the same exact move that the Viper oh so desperately tried to avoid at 2007's event. If that isn't poetic justice, I don't know what is.
Dolph Ziggler Remains Undefeated at Survivor Series
Dolph Ziggler steals the show as promised at Survivor Series. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Since re-debuting under the name Dolph Ziggler in late 2008, he's had quite the showing at Survivor Series in the past four years. Here's a little-known fact: Ziggler has never lost a match at the event, something that has gone unnoticed for quite a while.
In his first Survivor Series appearance as Dolph Ziggler in 2009, the bleached-blonde Superstar was on the winning side of a traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match. The following year, Ziggler successfully defended his Intercontinental Championship against NXT Season Two winner Kaval in what was a very fun matchup.
Last year, Ziggler was able to maintain possession of his United States Championship in the opening contest with a win over John Morrison. Although he went on to emerge victorious later that night in a five-on-five elimination tag team match apart of Team Barrett, he was the first one eliminated at the hands of Randy Orton.
Just this past Sunday, Ziggler led his own team to victory with a win over Team Foley. It's worth noting that although Ziggler was quickly eliminated by Orton during last year's match, he was the one to lastly eliminate the Viper during this year's installment.
Including his tag team loss in 2006 (when he was apart of Spirit Squad), Ziggler was eliminated first in every traditional elimination tag team match he competed in at Survivor Series. That is, until this year, where he was the sole survivor and continued his winning ways at the annual event in the process.
CM Punk's History of Triple Threat Matches at Survivor Series
John Cena, Ryback and CM Punk face off. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
CM Punk's challenge of overcoming two men in the forms of John Cena and Ryback this past Sunday at Survivor Series shouldn't have been as impossible of a task as he originally anticipated. Besides, he's done it before at the fall spectacle and successfully overcame the odds.
Exactly five years prior to this year's Survivor Series event, Punk emerged victorious against both John Morrison and The Miz in a Triple Threat match to successfully retain his ECW Championship.
Five years later, thunder stuck twice when he won yet another Triple Threat match at Survivor Series, this time against Ryback and Cena to walk out of the event still the WWE Champion.
Additionally, this would be the fourth Triple Threat match that Punk has been able to win since capturing the WWE title last November, with wins at the WWE TLC, No Way Out, and SummerSlam pay-per-view events respectively.
CM Punk Remains Undefeated on Pay-Per-View in 2012
CM Punk walks out of Survivor Series still the WWE Champion. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
If there's one thing that CM Punk is truly the best in the world at, it's winning. He's proven that since he captured the WWE Championship at last year's Survivor Series event and hasn't looked back, as his winning ways on pay-per-view over the last year have been nothing short of impressive.
Despite this past Sunday's event being the third show he's headlined in 2012 as WWE Champion, it was his 19th successful title defense. Additionally, it was the 13th consecutive pay-per-view he's emerged victorious at since winning the WWE title (excluding the non-finish at Night of Champions), with his last loss on pay-per-view being at 2011's Vengeance event.
If the Voice of Voiceless can manage to end 2012 with the prestigious prize intact, there will be no questioning that this has certainly been the year of Punk.
John Cena Suffers His First Loss at Survivor Series
John Cena prepares for his match at Survivor Series. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Following his initial Survivor Series appearance in 2003, John Cena had embarked on a winning streak at the event from that point forward. Those victories included traditional five-on-five elimination matches, a standard tag team match, singles matches and even a Triple Threat match in 2009.
Unfortunately, Cena's strong Survivor Series streak came to an abrupt end this past Sunday after his Triple Threat loss to WWE Champion CM Punk. Not only did he come up short of winning the title, but he was the one pinned by the Voice of the Voiceless.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end at some point.
Last Year's Challengers Become This Year's Champions
CM Punk walks out of Survivor Series as WWE Champion for the second straight year. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Another minor detail I noticed was the fact that three challengers from last year's Survivor Series walked into this year's event as champions. These three valiant Superstars include CM Punk, Eve and Big Show, all of which were successful in retaining their gold on Sunday.
Following her loss to Beth Phoeinx at 2011's Vengeance event, Eve earned a rematch for the Divas Championship at Survivor Series. Although she came up short, she eventually won back the title at this year's Night of Champions and has been our Divas Champion ever since.
Big Show was involved in a similar situation, as he faced Mark Henry in a rematch from Vengeance for the World Heavyweight Championship last year. Despite winning via disqualification, he was unable to win the golden prize, but won back the strap last month at WWE Hell in a Cell.
Unlike the previous two, CM Punk walked into 2011's Survivor Series event a contender, but left a champion. He's maintained possession of the WWE Championship ever since, becoming one of the longest reigning WWE Champions in history.
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