It may have been a while since CM Punk dropped a pipe bomb, but that doesn’t mean the scruffy savior of The Second City has lost his particular touch for poking the corporate hornet’s nest. In fact, Punk arrived in the Boomer Sooner State with a proverbial bang in the form of a verbal assault on The Authority for their supposed involvement in The Shield’s attack the previous week (retribution, Punk said, for his off-the-cuff insult towards Triple H). While Stephanie McMahon and Kane took issue with the accusation that they had ordered such a strike, they did come up with an on-the-spot ruling in the name of business when The Hounds of Justice emerged – to the apparent surprise of everyone – for yet another go at the former WWE Champion: A 3-on-1 Handicap Match between Punk and The Shield at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
Echoing accusations flooding social media all week long, CM Punk speculated that the many bad things he and partner Daniel Bryan have gone through recently could be the work of “someone with Authority.” Punk then warned that once he gets to the bottom of it all, it would be members of The Shield who would need protection.
Later, flanked by the dangerous Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt spoke on their mysterious taking of Daniel Bryan from the Raw ring, which was the last time anyone saw the former WWE Champion. Among his haunting comments on the subject, The Eater of Worlds said that Bryan would “be safe with them,” and that “The Beard entered the Lion’s Den a man, but would emerge a monster.”
Cody Rhodes & Goldust def. The Shield by Disqualification in a Tag Team Title Match
Whether it was because they scored a huge win over the Rhodes brothers & Rey Mysterio in Six-Man Tag Team action on Raw, or because Roman Reigns was the sole survivor in their Traditional Elimination Tag Team Match at the pay-per-view 24 hours earlier, Reigns & Seth Rollins earned an opportunity to reclaim championship gold on the festive episode of the blue brand. As they made their attempt, United States Champion Dean Ambrose invited himself onto SmackDown commentary for a ringside seat.
With bodies flying everywhere at the height of the action, Cody hit a thunderous Cross Rhodes on Seth Rollins and looked ready to close the door on The Hounds of Justice. But before the referee could count to three, Ambrose opted to attack, provoking a chair-wielding CM Punk into the ring with furious retribution in his eyes. These actions caused the SmackDown General Manager to restart the action as a Six-Man Tag Team Match!
Cody Rhodes, Goldust & CM Punk vs. The Shield in a Six Man Tag Team Match ended in No-Contest
The impromptu Six-Man Match was a thrill ride from start to finish, proving ever more action-packed than the title contest that preceded it.
However, just when it looked like CM Punk was about to close matters with the GTS, the horrifically familiar tone of The Wyatt Family interrupted and, following the subsequent darkness, the creepy faction appeared and perched themselves at the base of the ramp to get a closer look.
This addition would allow The Shield to regain the advantage. When the tide turned again, however, the Wyatts attacked the fan favorites outside the ring. The Usos stormed down to even the odds and things dissented into a full-blown, Thanksgiving episode brawl. Seconds later, Rey Mysterio charged into the breach as well.
As a result of the continued disorder, Vickie Guerrero again changed the nature of the matchup, expanding things into a 12-Man Tag Team Match!
CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, The Usos & Rey Mysterio def. The Shield & The Wyatt Family in a 12-Man Tag Team Match
The special Thanksgiving edition of SmackDown reached epic levels when the newly established 12-Man Tag Team showdown took center stage! And as order completely broke down in the final moments of that incredible contest, a flurry of spears, double kicks and catapulting Superstars took over. This ended with a 619 by Rey Mysterio mixed with a GTS by The Second City Saint – closing out Erik Rowan and ending the colossal SmackDown main event in heroic style.
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan def. The Wyatt Family via Disqualification
The confidence of champions and some well-honed teamwork propelled CM Punk & Daniel Bryan to triumph at Survivor Series against Erick Rowan & Luke Harper. With Bray Wyatt himself joining the fray, though, all the braggadocio in the world wasn’t enough to save the two former WWE Champions from suffering the wrath of The Wyatts … and a few others as well.
Bray’s presence quickly galvanized Harper & Rowan into a new level of brutality, and for a while it looked like the former WWE Champions’ gooses were well and cooked until Punk came in to take control. Bryan tagged back in against Harper to reclaim the momentum when things turned sour, but the official lost control of the bout when all three Wyatts stormed the ring and ruled a Disqualification win for the dream team.
The night wasn’t quite over, though, as The Wyatts laid waste to Punk and hauled a beaten Bryan off to parts unknown. The Straight Edge Superstar gave chase but didn’t get far before Roman Reigns trucked him with a massive spear, following up with a Triple Powerbomb from the aid of his fellow Shield-mates that left Punk down for the count and then some.
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan def. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Thanksgiving may be days away, but after not only surviving, but prevailing in, a dangerous brawl against The Wyatt Family at WWE’s fall classic, The Best and The Beard have plenty to be thankful for.
Despite competing at an immense size disadvantage and having to contend with the ringside presence of Bray Wyatt, the potent combination of CM Punk & Daniel Bryan dealt a huge loss to Luke Harper & Erick Rowan at the 27th annual Survivor Series.
At just under 17 minutes, Punk hit the GTS on Harper to score the winning pinfall. Though the victory was undoubtedly gratifying to The Second City Saint and WWE’s “Yes!” man, it was anything but easy.
For weeks, the wicked trio’s sneak attacks have decimated the popular Superstars, with The Eater of Worlds blaming their actions on “the devil” and urging Punk and Bryan to “run.” The Wyatt Family laid out Punk & Bryan as recently as two days ago on SmackDown, but on the Survivor Series Kickoff, The Best in the World made clear that he and Bryan were not afraid of their opposition but, rather, eager to scrap.
And what a scrap it was. To the sounds of the sold-out T.D. Garden chanting “Yes!” and “This is awesome!” the contrasting styles — Harper and Rowan’s ferocious fisticuffs, and Punk and Bryan’s technique — played out in an evenly fought contest. Sitting in his trademark rocking chair, Wyatt watched on as his lurching monsters mauled their smaller opponents in the early goings, despite Punk and Bryan’s best efforts to strike and move.
The Best and The Beard did land a series of double-team maneuvers, including a double dropkick and an homage to The Hart Foundation’s Hart Attack, but a savvy distraction by Rowan gave Harper time to regain composure and drop Punk with a massive boot to the face.
From there, the Wyatt Family members’ backwoods brawling style took over in impressive form.
Daniel Bryan def. Luke Harper
Two days before he and CM Punk take on The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan at Survivor Series, The Beard went one-on-one against Harper in SmackDown’s main event – and by one-on-one, we mean that Bray Wyatt and Rowan were lurking in close proximity to the ring.
However, when The Eater of Worlds’ distraction allowed Harper to regain his advantage over Bryan in the final moments of the match, Punk emerged. His distraction proved to be even more effective, kicking up the dust enough for The Beard to pick up the quick pin on his opponent.
But, after the bell rang, The Wyatt Family would make both former World Champions pay for their actions, hitting Punk with a wicked clothesline and Bryan with Sister Abigail and leaving their Survivor Series opponents in a heap in the middle of the ring.