This week’s Monday Night Raw saw Vince McMahon enter the building to hastily yet completely change the face of this month’s upcoming Survivor Series. The main event has been cast aside, stories built seemingly binned and a title match back on the card.
The three weeks build up has been handled badly so far, all this for the second longest pay-per-view in WWE history. Survivor Series is meant to be one of the coveted the big four on the calendar, but there is no way it can be compared to Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania these days.
Even the return of The Rock last year to tag with John Cena against The Miz and R-Truth saw the event fall a little flat.
Watching Raw on Monday, the excitement of the crowd was noticeable. The UK crowd does not get a lot of WWE throughout the year, and they make themselves heard whilst they have the chance.
An atmosphere can make the matches better, somehow the noise making it all more absorbing to watch. The quality of Punk vs. Cena at Money in the Bank 2011 was outstanding, the Chicago crowd made it legendary.
If those UK fans are making that much noise for Raw, the chance to see an event like Survivor Series in front of them would cause an explosion in the audience.
We Brits will happily argue that the best Summerslam ever was on these shores, and the atmosphere when the British Bulldog took on Bret Hart in August of 1992 was intense: 80,000 fans packed into Wembley Arena to witness one of the biggest events of the year, and the place went crazy when Davey Boy Smith got the 1, 2, 3 for the win.
Possibly the greatest match in Summerslam history would have seemed nothing of the sort without that fervent atmosphere. And there is no doubt the crowd would be hot for such a big PPV in good old Blighty.
Whilst the likes of Capital Carnage and No Mercy in the '90s were a big deal, the fans over here would appreciate the significance of Survivor Series coming to Wembley.
Not only that, but I think it could well excite the worldwide audience, the special feeling of a big event in a different country, the atmosphere the Brits would create, the whole build the WWE could present in England, the way the fans react to the likes of Barrett, Regal, Sheamus and even Drew McIntyre.
There’s no doubting it would sell out too, and the crowd would be desperate to be heard in every corner of the WWE Universe.
It’s really quite easy to make Survivor Series important again.
Treat it with significance, present it as a big deal, provoke reaction with history, and set the stage to be one of the biggest moments of the year—and the fans will buy into it.