So just moments ago, CM Punk retained his WWE championship in his match with John Cena and Ryback. That he remained the champion was not the surprise, but rather how. Three individuals– Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, all from WWE NXT–invaded the ring from the crowd and assaulted Ryback as he was about to put John Cena away and win the WWE Championship. They dragged Ryback out of the ring, and Reigns powerbombed Ryback through the Spanish announcers' table. CM Punk then was able to pin a knocked-out Cena and retain, ensuring his reign will last at least 365 days. This sequence leads to two obvious questions: Why did Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns attack Ryback, and what's next for CM Punk?
First, let's take a closer look at the three NXT invaders. Roman Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa'i. He's the son of Sika Anoa'i, one half of the Wild Samoans. Reigns is also a former defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. He joined WWE as a developmental talent in July 2010, competing in FCW and on NXT.
Next, Dean Ambrose is known as Jon Moxley on the independent circuit. He's a five-time former World Heavyweight Champion: a CZW two-time champion, an IPW two-time champ and an FIP one-time champ. He signed with WWE in April 2011 and worked FCW shows until NXT took over as the WWE's developmental territory. He's also known for having a long twitter war with Mick Foley after WrestleMania XXVIII.
Finally, Seth Rollins is known as Tyler Black on the indy circuit. He's the current NXT Champion, but he's best known for his run with Ring of Honor, where he is a one-time ROH World Champion. He's won a litany of other titles from numerous independent companies, including FCW.
So now that you know their resumes, what the heck are they doing assaulting Ryback? As far as I know, there is no real history between any of these people and Ryback. So could this be a new Nexus-style invasion? Could they be jealous of Ryback, since he came out of FCW and NXT also? Only time will tell. But if I had to guess, I'd bet they're a new stable for Punk. Rollins and Ambrose have extensive experience from the independent promotions, including Ring of Honor, where CM Punk made his name. As for Reigns, he's got the look of an "enforcer." Aligning these three with Punk could be a great way to get guys with some impressive credentials in front of the WWE Universe. But with so much left to learn, we can only hope to get those answers tomorrow night.
Now on to CM Punk. Since he's kept his title, he's all but assured to face the Rock at the Royal Rumble. As I have written before, Punk will likely lose that match, giving the Rock the WWE Champion, setting up Rock vs. Cena II at WrestleMania. Punk will have held the title for 434 days if he loses to Rock at the Rumble, placing sixth for all-time longest WWE title reigns. Fifth on that list is Pedro Morales at 1027 days, which Punk (or anyone else) won't match. So getting him past Cena's current sixth-place ranking of 380 days is about as long a reign as we can expect.
Will the Rock start showing up to hype the Rumble in about 70 days? Or will someone else feud with Punk going into TLC? Punk almost has to defend one more time, since no WWE title match would certainly hurt the pay-per-view's buy rate. But who will that be? Could it be Ryback, despite the possible new feud with Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns? Will we see another Cena vs. Punk match? Or will we get a mystery opponent? I suppose we'll have to wait and see. What seems set now is Rock vs. Punk at the Rumble.
What are your thoughts from the Survivor Series main event? What are your theories, ideas or thoughts? Please discuss with me!