Don't worry, Cagesiders, we're still going to get a traditional elimination style match at the Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., Nov. 18, 2012, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
It just won't involve CM Punk (or Paul Heyman, presumably) or Ryback.
Indeed, with Punk and Ryback moving to the new main event triple threat matches for the WWE championship that also involves John Cena, that left a gaping hole where they used to be. After all, the promotion had just made plans the previous week to have Punk captain a team against Mick Foley and his band of babyfaces.
They tied up that loose end by having Vickie Guerrero appeal to Chairman of the Board Vince McMahon on Monday Night Raw tonight, who let Dolph Ziggler take over as captain of Team Punk, which now becomes Team Ziggler.
The other side is still Team Foley, or at least WWE made no indications otherwise, at least not yet.
There has been some rearranging on the squads outside of the subtraction of Punk and Ryback. At the beginning of Raw, The Miz quit Team Punk, citing issues with its leadership. Later, Heyman recruited Wade Barrett to take his place.
If this feels like WWE scrapped everything and booked this show on the fly, that's because that's probably exactly what happened. As best we can tell, here are the current teams as they stand now:
Team Hell No
Alberto Del Rio
The Rhodes Scholars
The updated Survivor Series match card:
- CM Punk vs. Ryback vs. John Cena
- Big Show vs. Sheamus
- Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler