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Countdown to Survivor Series
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling





Survivor Series is here...sort of.

By now, we're all used to only seeing a couple of the "traditional Survivor Series matches", those being the 5-on-5 elimination bouts; but this year's event only has one, which comes on the heels of the Bragging Rights 7-on-7 elimination match.

Oy.

Okay, maybe I'm making too big a deal of this, but I have a rather big bias, seeing how I come from a generation where the Series was one of the "big four" PPVs. Sadly, the event doesn't have the panache it used to.

Having said that though, I do like the build for some of the matches on the card, albeit that the announcements came very late. Let's take a closer look.


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton

To me, there are two scenarios here. First, we get a Sting moment out of the deal, where Orton pins Barrett and Cena, fired, hangs out around the arena as a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows until he is reinstated; or we get the heel turn. I'm pushing for the latter, personally, but WWE might be a bit afraid of the heat caused by turning their number one (or 1a. to Orton's 1b.) babyface heel, since TNA's Jeff Hardy experiment has been killing the company. I'll take Barrett to win, but Cena playing up the reluctant three-count until it's revealed at the Rumble that he's been behind Nexus all along.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Kane vs. Edge

Edge has been amazing in this psycho character, but you almost get the feeling he's spotholder for Undertaker. I'd have more confidence that WWE is behind Edge if this bout was saved for the Rumble, rather than giving Edge a push out of the gate. I'm guessing that there's a screwy finish here. Hey, we could see Miz cash in MITB in this match afterall...
  SURVIVOR SERIES ELIMINATION MATCH

Team Mysterio vs. Team Del Rio
 

Rey's participation in the match will be very limited here, and Del Rio will likely spend most of his time feuding with MVP. Like I said last month, Tyler Reks could get a couple pins here to get some push going, but I'm not 100% confident that WWE will do this. I still see Team Del Rio coming out on top.
  INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kaval
 

I honestly don't mind Kaval cashing in his title chance here. Ziggler's on a hot streak of good to great matches and I expect this one to steal the show. I wouldn't be surprised if Kaval wins, but I wouldn't be shocked if he loses either.
  DIVA'S TITLE MATCH

Natalya vs. Layla/Michelle McCool
 

If Natlya's getting the last laugh, it has to come here. Otherwise, bye bye push.
  GRUDGE MATCH

John Morrison vs. Sheamus
 

Way too soon for this match to happen. There should've been a Raw Survivor Series bout instead. I like where this feud is going, but the slow build should've been done. I'm calling a DQ finish to further the angle.
  UNIFIED TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Nexus vs. Santino/Vladimir Kozlov
 

Again - Nexus should've been in a Survivor Series match. I can see WWE putting the belts on Santino and Kozlov, but the feud hasn't been established enough. Take Nexus by outside interference.
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