Survivor Series 2012: Teams Are Set but What About the Rest of the Card?
Last night on Monday Night Raw, CM Punk/Paul Heyman and Mick Foley announced they would be the captains of the traditional five-on-five Survivor Series match at the upcoming pay-per-view in three weeks, and they also announced who would be on their teams.
CM Punk will lead his team, followed by The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and Team Rhodes Scholars, while Team Foley consists of Ryback, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No.
When I first heard about the match and saw the teams, my initial reaction was a positive one. After all, the teams feature two very strong rosters that consist of four current champions in the WWE, their respective rivals and the current biggest non-title feud in the WWE, Randy Orton and ADR.
Creating Team Punk vs. Team Foley was a good way to continue the ongoing rivalry between the two while also adding two teams that carried over from Hell in a Cell without having to create new feuds in the short period of time between pay-per-views.
However, as I began to think about it more, I realized the one extreme flaw with the two teams.
With the teams structured the way they are, it ensures that we will not see an Intercontinental, Tag Team or WWE championship match at the PPV, as well as a presumed rematch between ADR and Orton.
While leaving one or even two off would be OK considering the structure of the PPV and the emphasis on the five-on-five match, leaving all four out simply leaves nowhere for the rest of the card to fill up.
Will we see a match at Survivor Series involving a big name part-time wrestler (HHH, Lesnar, Undertaker etc.)
If the WWE wants to go one PPV without a title match, I am OK with it, especially since the Ryback vs. Punk feud is continuing with the Foley vs. Punk match. However, having the teams the way they are leaves little wiggle room for where the PPV will go next.
Two matches that will almost assuredly happen to go along with the five vs. five match are Big Show defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Sheamus and John Cena taking on Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero and AJ involved somehow.
However, after those three "Main Event" level matches, the WWE is going to have an extremely hard time filling the rest of the card.
There could possibly be a United States title match with Antonio Cesaro against R-Truth after they started a mini-feud last night on Raw.
We could also see Eve defend her Divas Title against either Layla, Kaitlyn or perhaps AJ.
After that, however, there are almost no matches that could be conceivably built with only two more Raw's before the PPV.
Try as I might to mix and match the rest of the roster, other than a repeat of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. The Prime Time Players, what other matches could fill the time in the PPV?
With Survivor Series being one of the "big four" PPV's, big names like Brock Lesnar, HHH and even The Undertaker were rumored to be added to matches in the PPV. However, there are two glaring problems with that theory.
One, unless two of them are facing each other, who is left on the roster for them to go against? The biggest name I could see left off the card to this point is Wade Barrett, but he isn't going to be thrown into a match with someone of Lesnar's stature at this point in his career.
Another issue is that with so little time between PPV events, the WWE has no time (with already one Raw wasted) to sell the WWE universe on a Main Event match involving part-time wrestlers.
Because of those factors, it seems highly unlikely any of those names will return at SS, and we will likely be going with the five on five match as the Main Event.
At the very least, the WWE could have added Wade Barrett and another lower heel such as Tensai (or a returning Mark Henry) to team Punk and filled two spots on Team Foley with Mysterio and Sin Cara, so we could get a rematch of the WWE Tag Team championship match at Hell in a Cell that ended in a DQ.
However, they instead went with adding Team Hell No and Team Rhodes Scholars to the traditional SS match and now have nowhere to go with the rest of the card.
Five matches simply isn't going to fill three hours of PPV time, and considering that Survivor Series is intended to be one of the biggest PPV's of the year, you would figure the WWE would have more feuds set up ahead of time.
Instead, the time will likely be filled with random unannounced matchups, promos and backstage skits, which is the last thing WWE fans want to see when dropping $60 on a PPV.
The WWE still has a few weeks to build-up feuds, but considering that they have almost all of their Main Event level talent being used up in the traditional Survivor Series match or the other two big matches, one has to wonder where exactly they will go to fill up the rest of the card three Sunday's from now.
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