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‘Survivor Series’ Preview: Can CM Punk Hold the Title for a Year?

November 18th, 2012 at 12:39 PM
By Chris Arney

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'Survivor Series' from Indianapolis, IN promises a little bit of everything: a traditional elimination match, a fairly intriguing title match, and a potential for some big surprises. It's enough to almost make one forget that only five matches have been announced for the main card. Hey, when ten people from the upper mid-card are committed to one match, that's what happens. As for the Sports 101 PPV Panel:

Mark Eddinger, from Motor Sports 101. @WorldRacing101, leading the pack with 19.5 points.

Peter Schifani, from New York Jets 101. @NY_Jets101, in third place with 16.5 points.

Brennon Keys, from Rams 101. @Rams_101, licking his wounds with 14 points.

And, of course, Chris Arney @WWrestling101, in an uncomfortable second place with 18 points.


3MB vs. International Airstrike

ME: Hopefully, in the coming year, Kidd & Gabriel will be put on a platform that allows them to properly show what they can do. 3MB is just weird, so Kidd and Gabriel win here.

PS: Kidd & Gabriel are clearly the better team, and, as this had been originally 3MB vs Marella & Ryder, they won't be prepared for the high-flyers. Kidd & Gabriel take this pre-show match.

BK: The rock stars from all over seem to have finally found their niche, and Kidd and Gabriel just don't seem to be in position to derail the Three Man Band's momentum. This match will give credence to 3MB to challenge for the titles.

CA: The poor Usos have to be the only team not on this card. Poor guys. 3MB is getting a more focused push, and they’re the reason why this match is happening at all. Kidd and Gabriel will make them look as good as possible. Slater and Mahal win.


Divas Championship
Eve (c) vs. Kaitlyn

ME: Kaitlyn has been picking up wins lately to make her look strong going into the match. But Eve will retain because it makes more sense for her to keep the belt in the current story.

PS: WWE brass has been building momentum for Kaitlyn now for over a week. It would be shocking if Eve retained. Expect Kaitlyn to take her first title victory.

BK: Who is Kaitlyn? *yawn* Eve.

CA: The only safe prediction is that people will use the bathroom during this match. Regardless, this is tough to pick because Kaitlyn needs to win for the sake of a change of pace, but she doesn’t have much over Eve to merit a title change. Eh, it’s gonna be a night of heel victories, so Kaitlyn takes this.


United States Championship 
Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth

ME: Cesaro’s title reign hasn’t been entertaining. R-Truth wins, even though that seems unlikely.

PS: While this will be an interesting match-up of two very different styles, expect Cesaro to retain his US Title.

BK: Antonio Cesaro has been annoying for months now. However, he's a very talented and smooth competitor. The idea of a 'foreign' wrestler holding the U.S. title is a decent way to give it more weight, but R-Truth won't be the one to cash in on the hype.

CA: R-Truth is busy work for Cesaro, who will retain without much difficulty.


Traditional Elimination Match
Team Foley (Randy Orton, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, and The Miz) vs. Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, and ?)

ME: Team Foley will win, with Orton and The Miz being the survivors. But, really, anything can happen in this type of match. If Cody Rhodes can't go, it will be interesting to see who is the fifth member of the heel team. Maybe Tensai, but he has been booked so poorly that surely he would have to be the first elimination.

PS: Wade Barrett will survive, helping score the victory for Team Ziggler. Despite The Miz being added to Team Foley, he will be one of the first eliminated. Ziggler's team needs someone of size to match-up against Kane, so Tensai will replace Rhodes, despite his lack of push.

BK: If no other fan favorite wins tonight, the show has to end with a Team Foley victory, plain and simple. It'll come down to Orton and Del Rio, followed by The Miz and Zigs last, with Miz taking the victory. As for the fifth member of Team Ziggler? The Undertaker?

CA: Wow, talk about “anybody’s guess.” Ziggler is either going to shine or he’s going to be eliminated immediately. Orton is the only one on his team who WWE will insist on having look good, as the others can argue with each other to cause their eliminations, so he’ll go far into the match, regardless of the ultimate victor. Rhodes not being around hurts him team, as there aren’t any good replacements (it’s kind of sad that they couldn’t find one more good mid-card heel), so one would have to hope that he makes it. Barrett and Ziggler will survive, eliminating Orton for the win. The only problem with that prediction is that it’s WAY too similar to last year, where Barrett and Rhodes eliminated Orton for the win. Oh well.


World Heavyweight Championship
Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus

ME: Big Show just won the title from Sheamus, who had a lengthy run, at the last PPV. Big Show will retain the title here.

PS: The title won’t change hands so quickly for Big Show as yet, though Sheamus will certainly give him all he's got.

BK: The hype around this rematch has been relatively big. Big Show won’t lose one-on-one to Sheamus, even with WWE Universe against him. It doesn't seem like it's quite time for another title change just yet.

CA: This match is going to take everything out of both guys, but the story of this feud has been about making Sheamus into an underdog so that he can overcome the odds and take down the one guy who’s more powerful than him. Sheamus wins after a whole lot of finishers from both ends. He’ll be in sorry shape when it’s over…


Does Dolph Ziggler cash in his 'Money in the Bank' briefcase? Does he do it successfully?

ME: Since Big Show will retain, no, Ziggler does not cash in his contract. 

PS: It has been teased for so long now that it seems as if it won't happen here, but it has been rumored that Ziggler and Orton will feud long into 2013. With the World Championship in the balance, it will be worthwhile for Ziggler to cash it in soon, just not here.

BK: Ziggler will hold on to the briefcase/unsuccessfully try to cash it in several times before the next ‘Money In The Bank,’ causing some never-before-seen controversy about two winners lurking in the shadows, waiting to strike either brand's champion.
CA: Yes! Yes! Yes! The time is now. Sheamus will be wiped after overcoming the odds and Ziggler, having either dominated or crashed and burned in his elimination match, will finally pick up the cheap heel title win, stirring up the Title picture something fierce.


WWE Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback

ME: It wouldn’t be surprising if CM Punk drops the title just shy of holding it for one year. Hopefully, he keeps it for over the year mark, but WWE could put the title on either Ryback or Cena. It should be an entertaining match. Punk somehow retains once again.

PS: This is definitely the most interesting match for which to try to pick a winner, since, if CM Punk exits as champ, he will hit the 365-day mark. And since Cena is being handicapped by the whole "scandal" with AJ… Ryback emerges as the NEW WWE Champ.

BK: Something will happen to help Punk retain – maybe a surprise turn by Ryback? Who knows? Although triple-threat matches are supposed to be up in the air, history shows that the odds usually favor the champ.

CA: Clearly, this one isn’t etched in stone, even if having it wasn’t even the original plan. The shadow of The Rock at the Rumble looms over this one, and WWE’s plans for that match and then 'Wrestlemania' will dictate the winner. Ryback will NOT win – if he were going to do so, it would have happened last month. Cena has a separate storyline, and Punk holding for a year is too special a moment to be denied. He’ll retain by pinning Cena.

Tags: Big Show, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, The Rock, WrestleMania, Wrestling, WWE

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