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Low expectations for Series might just be surpassed
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


Good news, folks. WWE Survivor Series might not be a complete train wreck after all. That's not to say tomorrow night's pay-per-view is going to be a must-see event but, after recent failures like Taboo Tuesday, a marginally above-average show would be beyond most expectations going in.

The main event is a classic Survivor Series-style match between Triple H's team and Randy Orton's team, with the winning squad getting control of Raw for a month.

Good motivation for fans to watch Raw in December but not exactly a big incentive to hand over $35 for the pay-per-view tomorrow.

The light at the end of the storyline tunnel will be if WWE bosses pull the trigger on Maven's heel turn. There's been talk for months about the former Tough Enough winner joining Evolution and the timing couldn't be better, as it will give Randy Orton a ready-made feud to keep him busy until Wrestlemania.

Other Raw offerings at Survivor Series include a women's title match between Trish Stratus and Lita and an intercontinental defence by Shelton Benjamin against Christian.

On the Smackdown side of tomorrow's show, Booker T's match with John Bradshaw Layfield could be his ticket to the WWE title. WWE is planning on giving the gold to Kurt Angle sometime before Wrestlemania and Booker would be a perfect candidate for a transitional run with the strap.

The Smackdown card will also feature a four-way for the cruiserweight belt, not to mention the bathroom break match of the evening, John Heidenreich vs. Undertaker.

The last match on the card will be another traditional elimination bout. John Cena will be returning to action, teaming with Eddie Guerrero, Big Show and Rob Van Dam against Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak and Carlito Carribean Cool.

According to WWE, Cena has been recovering from puncture wounds near his kidney, an injury he allegedly incurred during a stabbing incident at an after-hours nightclub in Boston several weeks ago.

In reality, a perfectly healthy Cena was in Australia filming his movie debut, The Marine.

Cena isn't the only one using a mock injury to take time off. Kane (Glen Jacobs) is also on a leave of absence to shoot a movie in Australia, a horror flick with the hilarious working title of Eye Scream Man.

Jacobs was written out of WWE storylines when Gene Snitsky seemingly crushed his throat with a chair during a carefully planned in-ring angle.

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WAITING GAME: TNA champion Jeff Jarrett confirmed he has not spoken with the 11 WWE wrestlers released from their contracts last week.

Jarrett said he could not yet legally approach the ex-WWE stars but would offer them deals with TNA as soon as possible.

This didn't seem to deter WWE executives, who continued to cut names from the payroll over the past few days.

Developmental wrestler Desmond Morris and Smackdown writer Dan Madigan (no relation) were dropped. The third cut this week was Linda (Shaniqua) Miles, the winner of Tough Enough 2.

This makes almost 40 WWE releases so far this year, including big name wrestlers such as Steve Austin, Bill Goldberg and Sable.


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