John Cena, the most decorated WWE Champion of all-time, and the monster Ryback who has challenged Punk like no other during Punk’s year-long reign both had their chances to defeat Punk at one of the longest running pay-per-views. However both men prevented each other to score a win. Eventually Ryback’s power was too much for both men and after delivering a Shell Shock to Punk and Cena, Ryback looked as if he was going to capture his first championship.
Then The Shield made their debut.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns came in like a pack of dogs attacking Ryback and violently delivering a powerbomb to him through the announcer’s table. This allowed Punk to get the victory on Cena, although it was clearly Ryback’s doing for Cena unable to recover. A shocking moment that has changed the WWE in a major way.
Sheamus got his rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship against the man whom defeated him for it, The Big Show. Another solid rough match between the two that saw Show do whatever he could to walk away with the title, although he could not pin Sheamus on that night. Another chapter in a war that is far from over.
Two tradition Survivor Series matches were featured on this event, the first one was an exciting one-sided affair with Rey Mysterio, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel and Sin Cara surviving for their team. Kidd and Mysterio both scored two eliminations for their team. In the other Survivor Series match Dolph Ziggler was the lone survivor for his team as he got a surprising victory over Randy Orton defeating Team Foley.
Survivor Series was a unique show with matches that were highly intriguing. Disappointed that the DVD was rushed as the back of the DVD states Mysterio and Cara faced The Primetime Players in a tag match, but that did not happen. Regardless, it does not take away from the high quality of entertainment.
WWE: Survivor Series 2012
Run time of 180 minutes
Released on Dec. 26, 2012