Countdown to WWE Survivor Series
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
If WWE was attempting to make Survivor Series a dull exercise, then congratulations, mission accomplished.
The past few weeks have proven one thing, and one thing only to me -- that The Miz and R-Truth are not in the same league as The Rock and John Cena. Time after time they’ve been upended and destroyed by Cena and/or Rock, completely killing their momentum.
I’m really struggling to understand the logic. WWE had red-hot heels with a grandiose storyline, and they’ve sacrificed them for the sake of trying to further the Rock/Cena storyline in the hopes of popping the biggest number possible for WrestleMania. In economics, that’s putting a short-term gain over a long-term profit.
The glimmer of hope in the match, however, came in the form of Mick Foley; WWE.com (where I doubt the Fed does nearly the numbers that they do on Raw) teased that Foley could attempt to screw over the faces. That’s very doubtful though.
The two championship matches, meanwhile, lay somewhere between interest and passiveness. The World Championship almost has the feel that no matter the outcome of the bout, Daniel Bryan will be cashing in. Putting Henry over, thus, makes sense, and I can see people laying down cash to see Henry chase the much smaller Dragon.
Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk, meanwhile, has a stronger intrigue, but the overriding feeling has to be Punk wining. Many internet pundits like to piss and moan that Punk’s been de-heated of late, but I argue that he’s now at the Teflon state and can do anything and still be over with the fans. Still, I do expect him to take the belt and move into a feud soon after with Dolph Ziggler.
Speaking of Dolph, he’s in two matches tonight. First, he’s up against John Morrison for the U.S. title. The bout here really should be against Zack Ryder but the Twitition is getting some momentum and Ryder is really on a great pace here, so that when he does win the U.S. title it will mean something. Oh, and yes, this mean’s JoMo isn’t getting the belt.
Dolph’s also in the Survivor Series bout on Team Barrett, which takes on Team Orton. This is a rare opportunity for WWE to elevate as many as four superstars – Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett and Sheamus. The Irishman seems destined to be in the World Title picture come ‘Mania, and right now he’s my odds-on favourite to win the Royal Rumble. I could see him taking the bout, but just as easily I could see Barrett and Ziggler surviving.
The Diva’s title bout rounds out the evening, with Eve and Beth mixing it up one more time. I honestly thought that Alicia Fox would be in the position here, but it looks like they want to build her up a bit more first. Probably a smart move. I can see the bout going either way.
Thanks for checking in and be sure to turn back to SLAM! Wrestling for our recap.
SURVIVOR SERIES HISTORY
From the SLAM! Wrestling archives:
Nov. 21, 2010: The fate of Cena is finally decided at so-so Survivor Series
Nov. 22, 2009: Lots of wrestlers per match but no title changes at Survivor Series
Nov. 24, 2008: Two new world champs at dull Survivor Series
Nov. 19, 2007: Survivor Series ends with an Edge
Nov 27, 2006: WWE kills 'Survivor Series'
Nov 28, 2005: Smackdown wins, but Undertaker the real Survivor
Nov 15, 2004: Orton survives at Survivor Series
Nov 17, 2003: Goldberg survives, Austin doesn't at Survivor Series
Nov. 19, 2001: WWF pulls out Survivor Series win
Nov. 20, 2000: Weak stunt ruins Survivor Series
Nov. 15, 1999: Booking blows Survivor Series
Nov. 16, 1998: The Rock wins Survivor Series tourney
Nov. 10, 1997: Survivor Series screws the fans