It may be the final month of the year, but a lot of the action in WWE is just heating up in the wintry month of December. Don't even discuss the pending Royal Rumble in January, complete with The Rock having a chance to become WWE Champion that night, or the pending road to WrestleMania 29 that follows it. Even in just the last few months, the current champions are not necessarily the same ones that will be ringing in the new year with us all.
There is still a pay-per-view in TLC later this month, as well as a few weeks of RAW and Smackdown episodes. RAW even has episodes that fall on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Not making it through the month of December as champion is a shock in itself, but there's something about that final few weeks of the year that make for some of the more unpredictable title changes around.
The champions of today, even with only 29 days left in the entire calendar, still need to watch out for a letdown during the holiday season. TLC is not an event to look past and there is too much time before major events like Royal Rumble and WrestleMania in the first part of 2013.
Unexpected title changes are a common thing in December, and every superstar or Diva with a title in their possession sure would like to stay off this list and hold onto their title into the new year. Here are ten instances where champions in WWE weren't so lucky. Not only did they not make it out of the last month of the year with their belts, but all of these champions fell to unexpected challengers.