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Countdown to WWE Survivor Series
By SLAM! Wrestling




It wasn't too long ago that the Survivor Series was solely the elimination matches. I guess WWE, at one point or another, wised up and realized that no one would want to see the same gimmick match five or six times in one night (TNA, are you reading this?). Now, we get a suitable number with three such matches, though I'll say that I'm disappointed. This would be the perfect way to get some of the younger ECW guys some PPV exposure and experience. A guy like Jack Swagger could really benefit from the Series.

Since that's not going to happen, let's see what will (oh, and for those who are wondering why the World Title match is last on the list, ask WWE. This is the order as it appears on wwe.com).


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (Triple Threat)

Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov

WHAT YOU THINK
Who will win the WWE Championship Match at Survivor Series?
Vladimir Kozlov - 39%
Triple H - 61%
SLAM! Predictions

Brian Elliott

The addition of Jeff Hardy to this match may be a positive, but the fact that it is Triple Threat match is not. A cynic would say that such a match would allow Triple H to lose the title without being pinned, and with that in mind, I see Kozlov taking the title.

Andy McNamara

This is where Jeff Hardy finally gets his world title...but it comes by pinning Kozlov not The Game. If he does not win it here then WWE has to take Hardy out of the title picture as his journey for the gold has gone on for way too long.

Jon Waldman

To me, this has to be the point where Jeff wins the belt. We all know that he's headed for a heel turn, but there is no better time than to do it after he gets the biggest pop of his life. The Series is a big enough show for the moment to happen. I'm guessing that he'll steal the victory from Triple H after Hunter Pedigrees Kozlov, to start the heel turn, leading to the full move to the dark side on Friday.

Matt Mackinder

Kozlov is Vince’s latest brag piece, so it’s not out of the question for him to take the belt here. However, Hardy has had chance after chance and never gets booked to win anything, so he’s probably on the outside looking in. My pick? Triple H, of course, retains. His daddy-in-law said so.
 
GRUDGE MATCH (Casket)

Undertaker vs. The Big Show
 

SLAM! Predictions

Brian Elliott

Having The Undertaker wrestle giants was passé almost 15 years ago, which shows you the progress WWE has made. Undertaker to win.

Andy McNamara

This is the rubber match for these two, and hopefully the end to a mediocre feud. Survivor Series is where Undertaker first debuted many moons ago and there is no way he is losing this one. It would have been cool to see a classic coffin making vignette with Paul Bearer like in the good ol' days.

Jon Waldman

I have yet to care about this feud. After Friday night's antics, I'd expect 'Taker to lose and go on his regular sabbatical, only to be reborn just prior to the Royal Rumble. Show wins.

Matt Mackinder

This is the time to go grab a bite to eat or head to the can. Casket matches have no luster any more and this feud is another recycled feud that shows how thin the WWE talent roster really is. ‘Taker wins, the purple light shines down, blah blah blah.
SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH

Batista/Kofi Kingston/CM Punk/R-Truth/Matt Hardy
vs.
Randy Orton/William Regal/Cody Rhodes/Mark Henry/Shelton Benjamin

SLAM! Predictions

Brian Elliott

In wanting to keep both on an even keel, I can see Batista and Randy Orton battling to a double count-out. CM Punk will ultimately be the sole survivor.

Andy McNamara

Batista and Kofi are the survivors for their team as Kofi gets the pin to eliminate Orton thanks to an assist from Batista.

Jon Waldman

Explain, please, why Manu isn't wrestling here. Is he that bad? I'm betting that it's here that Matt Hardy is put out of action. Of the two men's matches, this is the one that makes more sense for the heels to win, and I'll take Orton and Rhodes as the survivors.

Matt Mackinder

Hopefully, Henry gets eliminated first so we don’t have to look at this sweaty heffer. The bookers can’t even book a singles match right, so how in the world does this get done? Here’s how – Matt Hardy survives, gets a huge ovation (oh sorry, a huge “pop”) and continues his rapid push to nowhere. Oh wait, he IS the ECW champ, right? Right. That’s why I said nowhere.
  SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH

Shawn Michaels/Rey Mysterio/Cryme Tyme/Great Khali
vs.
JBL/Kane/The Miz/John Morrison/MVP
 

SLAM! Predictions

Brian Elliott


I don't see any surprises in this match, and expect HBK, Rey, and Khali all to survive.

Andy McNamara

JBL is the sole survivor for his team, which pushes him strong for his feud with HBK.

Jon Waldman

The intriguing part here is that John Morrison could be launched into a whole new realm of superstardom. I'd have him pin everyone except Michaels, who could get his revenge Superkick from Monday and lead-in to a great feud. HBK will be the sole survivor here.

Matt Mackinder

Cryme Tyme and Khali in the same ring at the same time and on the same team? This match looks like an afterthought. MVP wins the match for his team and ends his losing streak. Wow. Some genius writing there.
  SURVIVOR SERIES MATCH

Beth Phoenix/Mickie James/Jillian Hall/Candice Michelle/Kelly Kelly
vs.
Victoria/Natalya/Michelle McCool/Maria/Maryse
 

SLAM! Predictions

Brian Elliott


In what has the potential to be the worst match of the year - it will likely only be saved by being very short indeed - McCool will be the sole survivor.

Andy McNamara


This is really a pick'em, so I'll go with the Raw Divas for no particular reason. Mickie and Candice are the survivors.

Jon Waldman

This one's a tough call, but you get the feeling that Kelly Kelly will survive since she's the one getting the big push on Raw these days. I'd like to see Beth Phoenix survive as well.

Matt Mackinder

The bounciest team wins and gets a free visit to the plastic surgeon. This might be a good time to call the pizza guy or get a quick nap in. And oh yeah, the Raw gals win and Beth and Mickie survive.
  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

John Cena vs. Chris Jericho
 

SLAM! Predictions

Brian Elliott


Though I can't help but feel that it is going to be over before it has run its course, Cena will come back and take the title from Jericho, and will soon begin the build for a Wrestlemania match with Batista.

Andy McNamara

This one will go on last and the pop for Cena in his hometown return should be deafening. It would make sense to have Jericho retain to make this a real feud, and everyone is expecting Cena to win. I'm going with Y2J, although doing what makes sense doesn't always go hand in hand with the WWE writing team.

Jon Waldman

This one just reeks of a Cena win, but I get the feeling that WWE's holding back his big victory until at least the Rumble. Jericho needs the win here, but it will definitely involve shenanigans, maybe even from Batista.

Matt Mackinder

Cena’s big return. In Boston. On pay-per-view. For the World title. Of course he wins.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman