Survival of the fittest
Read what happened at a pulsating Survivor Series...
Last Updated: 21/11/12 8:29am
Punk: the Second City Saint retained the WWE Title by nefarious means at Survivor Series
CM Punk retained the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match at Survivor Series but his defence was fraught with controversy - again.
The Second City Saint kept his gold intact during a bout with Ryback at Hell in a Cell in October after interference from referee Brad Maddox, and he was assisted once more on Sunday night by NXT wrestlers Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Punk and 12-time world champion Cena were laying stricken in the ring in Inianapolis, Indiana after being Shell Shocked by Ryback, but just as Big Hungry seemed set to snare his maiden WWE strap, a trio of saboteurs entered the fray.
Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns sent Ryback crashing through the announcers' table, allowing Punk to pin Cena and extend his reign with the title that he scooped at the 2011 edition of Survivor Series.
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Big Show remains the World Heavyweight Champion, despite losing to Sheamus via disqualification at the end of an epic brawl inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The World's Largest Athlete pinned his Irish opponent, but the decision was swiftly reversed following the giant's tactic of pushing official, Scott Armstrong, in the way of a vicious Brogue Kick earlier in the contest.
Dolph Ziggler, meanwhile, was the sole survivor of his squad's five-on-five elimination tag-team match against Team Foley; the Show Off evaded a punt from Randy Orton to level the Viper with a skull-shattering Superkick and secure the match-deciding cover.
David Otunga was named as a late replacement for Ziggler's brood after injury prevented Cody Rhodes from competing, but the Harvard graduate was pinned, along with team-mates Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett and Alberto Del Rio, while Foley's charges Kane, Daniel, Bryan, Kofi Kingston and the Miz also saw their nights end early.
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel led Team Clay to glory in the second traditional Survivor Series tag duel of the evening; the high-flying foursome survived the early loss of skipper Brodus Clay to see off the party of Tensai, The Prime Time Players and Primo and Epico.
Elsewhere, Antonio Cesaro bested R-Truth to keep hold of the United States Championship, while Kaitlyn, the victim of a pre-match attack by Aksana, failed to capture the Divas Title, despite putting in a plucky effort against Eve.