With a win at the 2012 edition of Survivor Series, CM Punk has not only retained his WWE Title, he has taken another huge step towards the ultimate payoff match against The Rock at the Royal Rumble.
After holding off John Cena and Ryback to steal the win and keep his championship (thanks to interference from Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns), there is another month worth of build before the Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view. After Punk successfully retains at TLC, it’s on to his meeting with The Rock.
Cena and Ryback will undoubtedly still be around the title scene leading into the WWE’s next PPV, but how the company will set up the main event of TLC is still up in the air. As the fans saw from the build to Survivor Series, the WWE loves to change the plan last second.
What It Means
With the win, Punk’s unbelievable reign will now exceed a full year; something that many in the WWE Universe believed the company would never do again.
The company’s desperation to build viable superstars and rebuild the title’s credibility has led to this reign continuing to climb up the all-time list.
Add in the likelihood that Punk will hold the strap until Royal Rumble, and the title reigns of Hulk Hogan (364 days), Randy Savage (371 days) and John Cena (380 days) will all inevitably fall .
As much as there have been questions about what is next for Cena in the whole A.J. scandal and what is next for Ryback and his monstrous push, the future of Punk is very clear.
Punk will fight The Rock at the Royal Rumble.
While Punk will lose the strap at that event, the fact that the WWE has followed through with this long-term plan shows the kind of faith they have in a wrestler like him.
For those that love Punk and what he has done with the WWE Championship, the fans should expect plenty of title reigns over the next few years; Punk is now officially on the same level as Cena in terms of popularity and value to the WWE as a company.
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