The best thing about tonight’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event in Atlanta is …
You fill in the blank. WWE has such a golden opportunity to make this a signature event, getting an early start on the three months that lead up to WrestleMania. And if there was ever a need for the ball to be carried to the goal line with authority (no pun intended) it would be right about now.
Roman Reigns should be in the final match of the night against either Dean Ambrose or Kevin Owens with the outcome to be determined. Heck, I don’t even think Triple H and Vince McMahon know how this will end yet. There are times when matches like these are determined at the last moment. Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair in 1989. Rock and Austin at WrestleMania. Those two matches were high impact and forever changed the course of wrestling as some of the greatest feuds of all time.
Reigns and whoever he faces tonight haven’t reached that pinnacle yet, so I am not even going to try to compare the significance.
I’m still hoping for the shock of all shocks – the move that will leave us with eyes bulging out of our heads. I’m still hoping for an Undertaker-Brock Lesnar from two years ago. I’m hoping for an Ambrose win and either he or Reigns turning heel. I’m also hoping Triple H convinces his father-in-law that Owens is the best bet to carry the company strap. But we all know that isn’t happening.
WWE is a position of its own purgatory – a place it is eerily unfamiliar with and cannot find its way out of the paper bag it rests. Right now, the company is void of superstars because of injury, John Cena’s “vacation” and its own stupidity of lack of foresight and free thinking. I harp on this – hell other writers harp on this time and time again, but it is so true. This could be the dawning of a new day in professional wrestling and all of us, writers and fans, are holding our breath, hoping for a miracle.
Three matches, two finalists and one WWE World Title. Is it too much to ask for the unthinkable? Is it too much to ask for an early return by Cena – AS A HEEL? I’m a bit crazed over the concept, knowing it will never happen. But it would take that kind of jolt for all of us to end the night of watching a ho-hum pay-per-view with a smile on our faces. That kind of drama would lead me and the rest of the wrestling world change is on the horizon, and change will do us all a little good.
A lot of good, but I don’t want to overemphasize how much unexcited I am about tonight. The two best matches of the tournament took place last week with Reigns and Cesaro and Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler. I don’t see how the semi-final matches will compare and if a final match between Reigns and Ambrose can compete with matches between Ambrose and his former Shield mate Seth Rollins.
There is too much speculation, and it’s possible as I write this blog, Vince and Trips still don’t know who is going to win this damn thing. Reigns has been the hand-picked fair-haired boy all along, but now there may be a reason for Ambrose to walk out of Atlanta, with strap in tow. I still want Owens to win, defy the odds, have Triple H walk down that aisle and act as his mentor. It would fitting. I want to see someone turn heel tonight. And I want everything to be perfect.
It won’t happen that way. Not tonight, not in this WWE. There isn’t enough maturity for that to happen. Maybe the figure heads like it that way. Maybe they like the chaos. The fans sure don’t they want the element of surprise without all the calories of crap being fed to them.
WWE must come through with a bang tonight. Nothing else matters. Reigns can win. Ambrose can win. It does not matter. The only thing that we all want to see is something great. And if it is something dramatic that happens because of that, even better. There are reasons for stagnation. The Survivor Series build up has proven that. It’s time to end the frustration – not of the wrestlers, but the fans who pay to see this. Give us what we want. Because just as Reigns may deserve to be a world champion, whether he wins or not, we as the paying customer deserve a show we can still talk about three weeks from now.