It is the month of November wrestling fans. That means it’s time for the final WWE “Big Four” PPV that is shown for the calendar year, called Survivor Series. This year’s edition emanates from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, this Sunday, on November 24, 2013. From the very weak buildup, and the fact that the event is in the same city (Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium), and at the same time as the Sunday Night Football Game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots), I don’t foresee much of a show. I also do not see much of a buyrate. I realize that WWE makes their PPV schedule way in advance, but when the NFL announced the schedule in April, I am sure Vince was NOT happy when he saw the obvious conflict.
[adinserter block=”1″]Survivor Series was a PPV I always looked forward to watching. Historically, the PPV was known for debuts (Undertaker, the Rock, Kurt Angle, etc.), returns ( Edge, John Cena, etc.), and, of course, screw jobs (Montreal ’97, then subsequent “remakes,” such as doing it the next year with Foley and the Rock in 1998, etc.). There were also great singles matches, such as Austin vs Bret Hart in 1996, when Bret Hart returned from a hiatus.
What was particularly great about this PPV, and what made the PPV unique was the tag team elimination matches. Unfortunately, in recent years, including this year, there has been less emphasis on those kinds of matches. They are just thrown together at the last minute so there is a multi-person tag team elimination bout. That is unfortunate. I really enjoyed seeing people who normally would be feuding with each other, or what have you, banding together and fighting another team.
Anyway, on to this particular PPV. I never got the feeling that there WAS a PPV coming up. I got the feeling that the Creative Team was putting together RAWs, and assuming people knew a PPV was coming. It was the go home show when the PPV was mentioned, that I remembered there was a PPV. At least, that is how I see it.
On paper, I don’t see a lot of stuff that I think is all that exciting. However, I will give my opinion on what I think the outcome will be. I could be pleasantly surprised to hear that this PPV delivered a good show. I am just a bit skeptical.
Here is my prediction for the PPV.
The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston. (Survivor Series Kickoff Match)
I still wonder why The Miz ever got the WWE Title in the first place. I just shake my head at this. After an obviously failed face turn, WWE has the Miz turn back heel on the go home Raw. I honestly wish they’d cut Miz. I never thought he was all that as a wrestler. I mean, seriously.
Poor Kofi though. His career is in mid-card hell. I think he has a lot of talent. Oh well. Both these guys are opening the show because Miz refused to tag in. I can’t wait for that one. Sarcasm aside, this should be a decent match.
Prediction: Kofi wins.
Seven on Seven Elimination Match: WWE Divas champ AJ Lee & Tamina & Alicia Fox & Summer Rae & Aksana & Kaitlyn & Rosa Mendes vs. “Team Total Divas” The Bellas & The Funkadactyls & Natalya & Eva Marie & JoJo
This is a match that I could care less about. I guess the E! Network is happy about this because their network gets a push. I mean, I watch the show for kicks. It is a fun show. However, I don’t need it pushed on a PPV. I mean, let’s get real. I seriously doubt people are going to buy a PPV based on the show. They just aren’t. The gals work just as hard as the guys do in that ring, but the reality is, a scripted soap opera about the Divas is not going to get folks to buy the PPV just because the stars are in a tag match. The match will be passable. I don’t expect much.
Prediction: Team Total Divas win with the Bellas being the survivors.
Survivor Series Elimination Match: WWE Tag Team champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust & The Usos & Rey Mysterio vs. The Shield and The Real Americans
This match should be a very good match. These teams have issues with each other. Reigns and Rollins lost their belts to the Rhodes guys, so I get that. This match doesn’t seem like it is thrown together. I do wish it was announced earlier, so people could get interested . That is what bothers me. This is a very interesting match to me. Everyone can work a good match with the other, and with the returning Rey Mysterio, I think that adds some more excitement. This match was announced just before the go home Raw started. WWE may get some buys, but I think it should have been announced way earlier.
Prediction: Shield/Real Americans win, with Roman Reigns, and Jack Swagger as the Survivors.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E. Langston(C) vs. Curtis Axel
WWE COO Triple H just added this match on WWE.com on November 20. I was very happy that Big E. Langston got his big break, and won the Intercontinental Champion. He joins the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Edge, Chris Jericho, and many more who have won that belt. I am really enjoying Langston’s work, and I hope this will help him get to the next level.
I also am happy they got the belt off of Curtis Axel. I like Axel, but I think he is missing something. I don’t know if he is trying too hard to be his late father, Curt, or what. I just think Axel is just bland. Langston, I feel, has a very exciting style. I think he moves very well for a big man. I think he also have a pretty good personality. This match should be pretty decent.
Prediction: Big E. Langston retains, and still is the Intercontinental Champion.
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family
Why both Punk and Bryan are NOT in the title picture, I don’t know. I mean, to have two guys, who are crazy over with the fans in the crowd relegated to a tag match with the Wyatt Family, just frustrates me. I know, Bryan didn’t move the meter. I guess WWE didn’t think that their stupid BOOKING of Bryan didn’t move the meter? Anyway, this should be the match of the night. I expect both Punk and Bryan should be able to give the two members of the Wyatt Family an excellent match. If I were ordering the PPV, this would be the match I would be looking forward to watching.
Prediction: Punk and Bryan.
World Championship Match John Cena(C) vs. Alberto Del Rio
This is one feud I would like to end. I mean, Del Rio is so boring. John Cena is also boring. I mean, we have “Super Cena” who is going to fight through his legit surgically repaired triceps vs a fierce Del Rio, who is going to try to injure Cena more. I think even the NFL referees who are going to try to correctly officiate the Broncos/Patriots Game that same night can call this match.
After all, those zebras are going to be dealing with the “Super Cena” of the NFL (hint: He’s the QB for the Broncos). Jokes aside, I don’t see a “Boston Screwjob” happening to the Golden Boy of the WWE in his hometown. The match itself will be just passable.
Prediction: John Cena retains his World Championship Title.
WWE champion Randy Orton vs. Big Show
It is bad enough that I have to put up with another BORING Randy Orton WWE Title reign. It is bad enough I have to put up with Orton’s boring promos, and his boring matches. It is bad enough that I have to deal with this tired “Authority” storyline. I mean, Kane in a suit? However, the way to resolve Big Show’s issues with the “Authority (Stephanie and HHH)” is to make Big Show the #1 Contender for Orton’s title ? WWE, this is 2013. I know Vince loves the big guys, and he wants to focus more on them, but Big Show? Big Show’s time as a main eventer was done a long time ago. Big Show’s role now, in my opinion, should be more of a role player. His time is done as a big star and title holder.
As for Orton, this is going to be interesting as Steph and Hunter told him that he is “on his own.” Orton goes into this match against Big Show with no help from the Shield. However, since it is Survivor Series, and there is the specter of a “screw job,” I do wonder if someone does help Orton out, and “screws” the Big Show. Will it be the newly turned Miz? Will it be the Shield after all? What about Kane? How about a returning Wade Barrett (who just got his Visa issues straightened out)? There are plenty of possibilities.
[adinserter block=”2″]The match itself will barely be passable. I don’t see Orton being able to carry Show to a good match.
Well, for those who get to watch the PPV, I hope you enjoyed my blog, and I hope you enjoy the PPV.
Prediction: Randy Orton will retain his World Title, one way or another.
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