WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio will put his title on the line at Survivor Series against CM Punk. The Straight Edge Superstar is getting his rematch, and he’s hungry for retribution against the Mexican Superstar.
After Punk challenged Del Rio on Raw SuperShow, and pointed out that he pinned the champion as recently as one month ago, Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis said he’d give Punk his rematch if The Straight Edge Superstar told the WWE Universe he respected him. Punk did as Laurinaitis requested, but in a sarcastic manner, prompting the EVP of Talent Relations to say he’d need a week to decide who’d become No. 1 contender. The EVP of Talent Relations announced on WWE.com that The Voice of the Voiceless would have to beat one man if he wanted his rematch: World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry. The World’s Strongest Man won by disqualification when Ricardo Rodriguez interfered on Del Rio’s orders. Then Laurinaitis said The Straight Edge Superstar could get his rematch if Del Rio agreed to it. After the Mexican Superstar lost to Big Show, Punk put Del Rio in the Anaconda Vise until he agreed to face him at Survivor Series.
The history between Del Rio and Punk stems back to earlier this year, when the Mexican Superstar cashed in Money in the Bank to defeat the then-Undisputed WWE Champion Straight Edge Savior at SummerSlam after he was leveled by Kevin Nash. Punk’s last title opportunity against Del Rio was in a Triple Threat Match in WWE Hell in a Cell, where Del Rio won his second WWE Championship. Now Punk is finally getting a one-on-one chance to get in the ring with The Mexican Aristocrat for the WWE Title at Survivor Series.
Del Rio isn’t convinced Punk is much of a test for him. The Mexican Aristocrat is never lacking in the confidence department, especially since he defeated John Cena in a brutal Last Man Standing Match at Vengeance. When The Straight Edge Superstar interrupted his title win celebration on Raw SuperShow to challenge him, Del Rio scoffed at his request. But now The Mexican Superstar must prove to himself and the WWE Universe that he is still worthy of holding the most coveted prize, the WWE Championship.
Will Punk get his retribution at Survivor Series and capture his second WWE Title? Or will Del Rio continue his course of “destiny” and defeat The Straight Edge Superstar to retain the WWE Championship? Watch Survivor Series Nov. 20 live at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT only on pay-per-view.