This Sunday sees the twenty eighth Survivor Series take place and as always I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the show we saw last year. Survivor Series over the years has gone from being a night based all about elimination tag team matches to almost being like any other card over the years and it’s such a shame to see the way this isn’t celebrated so much any more by WWE. Granted the format is probably a little out of date compared to what modern fans would enjoy but WWE ought to celebrate such a special show in a bigger way. I hope that when it comes to the thirtieth show it will have a more traditional feel. But with this Sunday’s show just around the corner lets take a look back at some of the matches we saw in 2013. [Read more...]
Survivor Series is finally upon us. I for one am really hyped about this pay per view. Which means that my Fantasy Card is less of a finger point at the terrible decisions of creative, and more of a celebration by offering an alternative version to the event. As always, I won’t use any superstars or divas that are inactive or injured (but I will bend that rule just slightly for this entry). I also have to go based off the results from the last pay per view, but I do not have to follow the events that have transpired on raw after. Let’s get booking!
Pre-Show: Tag Team Showcase – Lucha Dragons (c) vs. Goldust & Stardust (c)
What better way to hook people during the free showing of Survivor Series than by showcasing some NXT talent. To be honest, I mainly have this match down to give the tag champs something to do. So a showcase between WWE’s two tag team champions seem like a natural fit; especially, since both teams would put on one hell of a show. This is a hard fought, fast paced bout that would see the bizarre bros get a needed victory.
Winners – Goldust & Stardust
Match #1: United States Championship Match – Rusev vs. Sheamus (c)
FINALLY! It’s not like I have been calling for this match for months now. Too bad they gave this epic bout away after Raw. The build could have been interesting with Sheamus defending USA and his pride for the US title. Lana & Rusev ridiculing Sheamus for not representing his pathetic country and choosing to defend an even more wirthless country. Just saying, would have been a nice shake up of the typical anti-American promo from the two. Rusev would still claim the title, and continue his reign of dominance.
Winner – Rusev (NEW Champion)
Match #2: Curtis Axel vs. Ryback
I’m glad Ryback is back and given a second chance, but monster pushes are what killed his momentum before. Give him a story while you build him as being unstoppable. The most logical thing would be to have him squash his ex-partner, who would be jealous of his rise and arrogance of being a loner. That way their partnership is properly ended, Curtis Axel gets some screen time, and Ryback looks great.
Winner – Ryback
Match #3: Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Another obvious feud that was dropped was between these two Goliaths. They could have provided a nice big man match for the pay per view. Also, what was up with the justification for this feud. It is just lazy writing. Have Mark Henry be changed in his way of thinking by Bo Dallas. They had a feud going earlier, why not have that carry over into Mark Henry seeing that his friends are holding him back. Make him the World’s Strongest Boliever and preach Bo’s influence. This adds some depth to the feud, and after Big Show barely beats Mark Henry, he now has a naturally established feud against Bo Dallas when he returns.
Winner – Big Show
Match #4: Total Divas Tag Match – Nikki Bella, Cameron, & Summer Rae (w/ Eva Marie) vs. Brie Bella, Naomi, & Natalya (w/ Rosa Mendes)
Everyone needs a pee break right? This would just be a quick space filler to launch the end of the Bella feud and promote Total Divas. Having Brie finally pin her sister in a big match would allow creative to do the rubber match between the two later on.
Winners – Brie Bella, Naomi, & Natalya
Match #5: Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose
I was so hype for this feud, but then bray came back as the same old character, Dean completely forgot about Seth Rollins, and the feud ended up being a promo war. Not that any of that stuff isn’t awesome, I just expected something different. If I had it my way, Bray would come back more sinister with a slightly altered attire to emphasize that. More parlor tricks like an old school Undertaker would also be utilized to really ignite the fire between these two. The match will be epic regardless, but the end result would have Bray introducing two new proteges that share his new vision of dominance. This will be the introduction of the Ascension. They will assist Bray in beating Dean Ambrose, and help further all four men’s careers.
Winner – Bray Wyatt
Match #6: Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Cesaro, The Miz, & Luke Harper) vs. Team Orton (Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler (c), The Usos, & Erick Rowan)
So just to clarify, I will still be following my rules of not using any inactive superstars. I am going under the impression that Randy Orton will appear at Survivor Series, but I have a plan for why he won’t be on tv for majority of the build towards the event. Have Randy turn on The Authority early in the show. Then have a surprise appearance by Vince who announces the Survivor Series stipulation to close the show, with the teams being Team Authority vs. Team Orton. The next week will have Authority trying to convince him to return to The Authority and then mocking Orton because no one will want to join his team. He tries to recruit people but it fails, and Team Authority take him out to end the show. Now Dolph and The Usos are tired of seeing The Authority throw their weight around and decide to side with Orton. Throughout the weeks, Team Authority builds their ranks, and the good guys fend off the tyrants. I also enjoyed that Rowan surprise announcement, andwould keep that. It opens the doors for Rowan vs. Harper. Orton would return to his team at Survivor Series and and be the one who takes out Seth Rollins to win the match, with him and Dolph Ziggler being the sole survivors.
Winners – Team Orton (Sole Survivors: Randy Orton & Dolph Ziggler)
Match #7: Triple Threat Divas Championship Match – Alicia Fox vs. Paige vs. AJ Lee (c)
They set this up, but again, decided a totally different route to take. I just enjoyed the idea of closing out the year’s AJ/Paige feud with the added mixture of Alicia Fox. Imagine these two bitter rivals going at it to the point that they are so focused on beating each other, they lose focus and give Alicia Fox the chance to steal one. This freshens up the title scene, and allows for the AJ?Paige feud to continue again at any point that creative sees fit.
Winner – Alicia Fox (NEW Champion)
Match #8: Last Man Standing WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match – John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
This is the main reason I wouldn’t do John Cena vs. The Authority. Brock Lesnar needs to be back on tv to defend the title. Survivor Series is a big 4 pay per view, why isn’t the champion on it? Not to mention that I miss Paul Heyman. Make it a Last Man Standing Match so that it is established as the final encounter between these two. Now it can get violent, chaotic, and will be a great ending contest to this rivalry. The ending will have Brock and Cena ending the match in a double count out. yes another “dirty finish.” That is when Seth Rollins runs out to hit the Curb Stomp on Lesnar on the title. Now with The Authority gone, Seth has the title to claim. Keeping him important, and justifying The Authority for picking him as their future champion. This ends the show on a huge swerve, as well as setting up for some huge rivalries in the future.
Winner – Seth Rollins (NEW Champion)
That is my fantasy card for Survivor Series. Again, my focus is to promote the programs WWE produces, as well as establishing feuds for the future while we provide quality programming. What do you guys think of my card? Let me know in the comments below. This is your Commissioner of Creative signing off, have a good day.
Superstar of the Week: Ryback
Last week was Ryback’s third week back and he was quickly put back in the main event scene. After playing the babyface role, fans became concerned when Ryback attacked Cena on Raw. Of course, Ryback went on to lose to Cena in the Raw main event by disqualification, only to attack The Authority after the match. Ryback beat Kane by disqualification in the main event of SmackDown. Ryback was certainly the most controversial wrestler last week after becoming the biggest “free agent.”
Over at Wrestlingnewsworld.com, you will see this headline: “Hulk Hogan Training Like He’s Going To Main Event For WWE.” At 61 years of age, Hulk Hogan still wants to wrestle. His opponent of choice is John Cena. If Hulk Hogan wants to stay in the spotlight, he should find another way. Let’s look at other wrestlers, who’ve succeeded outside of wrestling, but stayed in the entertainment business. [Read more...]
A couple days ago one Gesus Oliver shared a meme on his Facebook page asking who you would keep, fire, and push out of Curtis Axel, Titus, and Justin Gabriel. For the most part there was an agreement that Gabriel be ousted, Axel be kept around, and Titus get a push. The next day as I drove to work a classic song, Damage Inc. by Metallica, came on my iPod and it got my mind racing. We’ve seen factions come back to the roster recently with it being primarily three man groups, as I sat in the car in between head banging sessions at red lights I stumbled on an idea that I think could be quite interesting. The purpose of a faction is usually to elevate at least one member, and in a great group you can elevate everyone. With that in mind I figured sometime in the next 6 months we could stand to have another faction come to the forefront, as a way to elevate one worker to a potential main event spot while also breaking in some young guns on the main roster. As Damage Incorporated played through my speakers I envisioned a group of guys who were pure power and destruction tearing through people as their legend grows. Think The Shield and the Wyatt Family, but amped up to the highest degree. [Read more...]
Survivor Series will take place in St. Louis, Missouri. So I figured I’d do an Ultimate St. Louis. Seven WWE pay-per-views have taken place in St. Louis. Four WWE pay-per-views have taken place in Kansas City. So, I will combine the St. Louis and Kansas City pay-per-views and do the Ultimate Missouri. [Read more...]
The WWE Network is a magical thing. For a young wrestling fan like me who’s trying to learn more everyday, the WWE Network is such a valuable network! This week is ECW Week. Since I didn’t really know anything about the original ECW, I decided to stay up and watch ECW Exposed after Raw last night. The live special was of course hosted by two legendary names, Paul Heyman and Joey Styles. [Read more...]
For the last several weeks, WWE has been okay. Some things are awesome, some things are average and predictable, while other things are just terrible. Last week was awesome. Raw was actually a great show, Main Event was exactly what Main Event is supposed to be, and SmackDown featured two Steel Cage matches worth watching! [Read more...]
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The future is bright for WWE if they put NXT on regular television. I know people are going to bring up the network, but at the end of the day, the roster of NXT deserve to be on either Friday or Wednesday. My reasoning for this is that it can help bring more subscribers to the network. It’ll also give casual viewers a chance to see them in action.
November in the WWE since 1987 has meant it is time for the Survivor Series. The Survivor Series first started out as only Elimination Tag Team matches of 4 or 5 guys on a team. But then they started adding regular matches. So I’m going to do the Ultimate Survivor Series, twice. This version will contain no classic Survivor Series matches. Part 2 will be only the classic Survivor Series match. [Read more...]
With the revolution of the WWE Network many fans have been left facing a big decision as to whether or not they continue to purchase WWE Pay Per Views on DVD anymore. With the WWE Network now giving fans the chance to view a Pay Per View at any time it almost seems like DVD is slowly but surely being phased out. WWE aren’t the only company doing this as it seems Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu are now the places to be when it comes to watching your favourite shows. With the Network now expanding worldwide you have to question how much longer the physical DVD will exist when you can either stream a show via this method or by downloading it on iTunes. [Read more...]
So I may be pushing my luck but who reading this remembers SummerSlam 1992? I know it was 22 years ago but for those of you that stretch back that far, you will remember just how amazing the excitement was building into that event. More so than usual as this was the first time WWF was going to hold a major show in the UK, bare in mind this was back when WWF only held 4 PPV’s a year, so for them to be holding one on these shores was a truly significant moment. Indeed this was no UK Rampage or Battle Royal at the Albert Hall that were stand alone event’s with no real baring on the monthly product, this was a supershow being held in the biggest and most famous stadium the UK had Wembley. [Read more...]
When is the last time we went 2 Pay-Per-Views in a row without a WWE Title match? I don’t have the facts for it, but I have to imagine it was long before we got to the current 12 PPV’s a year calendar. So at a time when WWE is risking themselves more than ever by foregoing their entire PPV revenue in the attempt to make the WWE Network successful, why would now be the time to not showcase the championship? Well I don’t know if it was actually the plan back at SummerSlam, but with the WWE giving Survivor Series away free; I think it actually makes sense to not feature Brock Lesnar. That being said I used to enjoy Lesnar showing up out of the blue every once in a while to start a new feud; it added surprise. But with him holding the WWE Championship it does feel strange; I want to make the metaphor of him being employee of the month without actually working at an office. I don’t know if that’s the perfect metaphor, but something feels off about not seeing Brock for months at a time.
Superstar of the Week: Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt is finally back! I, like many other fans, had not expected Wyatt to be the one that interfered in the Hell in a Cell main event between Ambrose and Rollins. I feel like I’m only in a small group of people that liked the ending to the pay-per-view, and I’ll touch on that later in the article. Bray Wyatt is a very unique character that could be on TV in WWE for years. He could be a monster heel or a creepy babyface. Wyatt had proven on the mic and in the ring that he can go, so why did he get lost in the shuffle? All I know is that Bray couldn’t have come back at a better time. [Read more...]