With WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, the excitement over one of the company’s big-four shows is through the roof.
The WWE Universe is genuinely excited about Survivor Series.
Rumors have already begun to fly about what the show has in store for the fans, and the news from the WWE continues to cement the magnitude of this event; this is truly where the road to WrestleMania begins.
Storylines that will continue all the way to the company’s top event will start at this show, and the build to next month’s TLC PPV and January’s Royal Rumble will all begin to take form Sunday.
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While most WWE superstars would be too focused on their impending title match to tweet about a new outfit, John Cena is not your run-of-the-mill star; this is the face of the WWE.
It’s newsworthy when he wears a new shirt.
Cena took to Twitter to reveal that he will be wearing new gear at Sunday’s PPV:
There is no telling what it will be or what logo it will use, but Cena has always had some of the most colorful merchandise in the WWE. While many are expecting another color in the rainbow, there is another far less likely option.
Maybe the shirt will be black…
Cody Rhodes suffered a hard landing during a match against Team Hell No on Main Event, leaving his status for Survivor Series in limbo. He's scheduled to take part in the traditional elimination tag team match as a part of Team Ziggler.
WWE.com passed along an update, stating he suffered a strained shoulder and a concussion with more testing to come. The report doesn't state whether or not Rhodes will be available on Sunday night, though. The additional tests should provide a clearer picture.
The Survivor Series card has already undergone some major changes over the past few weeks. Having to find a replacement for Rhodes wouldn't be easy given the lack of available talent. It also would be a step back for the Rhodes Scholars, who have been rising the tag team ranks.
The Miz was switched from Team Punk (Ziggler) to Team Foley leading up to Survivor Series. It signaled a potential face turn for the former WWE champion and his actions since the switch have remained in line with that path.
Now Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com is reporting that potential feuds for Miz following the character change include Antonio Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and perhaps even CM Punk, likely depending on how the transition goes.
The Miz is a terrific heel, but there just aren't main-event spots available on that side of things. So becoming a face would give him a chance to move back up the ladder and the report makes it clear he would likely be in line for a big push if it worked well.
Even though it has seemed like a foregone conclusion that CM Punk would walk out of Survivor Series with the WWE championship, the creative team could be having a change of heart with long-term plans that changes everything.
According to a report from F4WOnline.com (h/t NoDQ.com), WWE officials are debating whether Punk should be in the final match at WrestleMania.
Since the original was to have Punk drop the title against Rock at the Royal Rumble and set up a rematch between Rock and John Cena at WrestleMania, this is potentially a huge reverse course.
It could mean that Cena walks out of Survivor Series with the championship, giving him his rematch with Rock at the Royal Rumble and setting up Rock vs. Punk at the big show in April.
Of course, given the fickle nature of the creative team, not to mention the opportunity to put Cena in the big spotlight whenever possible, it seems strange that Cena would get put in a lower-profile match at WrestleMania.
At the very least this gives us something to talk about with the Survivor Series main event.
SmackDown Spoilers Pertaining to Survivor Series
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YouTube Preshow: Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater vs. Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
While this week's SmackDown was a prototypical go-home edition of the WWE’s secondary show—treading water until Sunday’s PPV—there was one additional match added to the Survivor Series card; Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater versus Santino Marella and Zack Ryder.
The hope was that the WWE was trying to hard sell the YouTube preshow by making it too interesting not to watch, but this match proves that isn’t the case. As fun as 3MB has been, this will not draw the fans in.
Children will be all over Santino and Ryder, though.
UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13, 9:10 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
After using Raw active to help select the final member of team Foley, the WWE Universe has selected The Miz to be the final member of the Mick Foley’s five-man Survivor Series team. The hope now is that this will result in a huge push back to the main event as a face.
According to WrestleChat.net, the WWE is considering making The Miz become the final member of Team Foley in the traditional Survivor Series match this Sunday.
After turning down Paul Heyman and quitting Team Punk (now Team Ziggler), there were many rumors about a face turn. If The Miz joins Team Foley and doesn’t screw them over, he will be a full-fledged face.
Miz has been passed over as a top star for too long, and it is about time that the WWE realized the error of its ways and brought the viable superstar back to prominence. With a roster as thin as WWE’s in terms of good mic technicians, it’s amazing it took this long to turn The Miz.
Better late than never.
Added Matches from Raw
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth
Divas Champion Eve vs. Kaitlyn
No surprises here at all, and also no drama either. No one really cares about the women’s title match because it has been neglected for weeks, and the U.S. Title match should be technically sound, but there is a serious lack of build for that title as well.
Expect the WWE to add even more matches as the week progresses.
As much as Kane and Daniel Bryan have been a pleasant surprise for the WWE, the tag team of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow has been just as impressive. In fact, the latest rumor is that the person who likes Rhodes Scholars the most is Vince McMahon himself.
Josh Isenberg of WrestleZone is reporting about the tag team push:
"Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes have been getting great support backstage with the right people. PWInsider.com says that Vince McMahon is a huge supporter of both guys, but really likes what Damien Sandow has done."
With the philosophy that a championship scene is usually more interesting when the faces are chasing the titles, it won’t be too long before Team Hell No loses their titles to the Rhodes Scholars.
That’s a tag team feud the WWE Universe will really care about.
According to PWInsider.com via WrestleZone, the current plans call for The Rock to be a huge part of WWE programming on the road to WrestleMania 29. With the Royal Rumble in January and The Rock’s title shot at that PPV, most expect a return sooner rather than later and plenty of appearances on Raw and SmackDown.
While there was speculation that Brock Lesnar would be returning at Survivor Series, Triple H told the New York Times that the plan is for the former UFC and WWE Champion to return at or around WrestleMania 29 time:
"Rock has expressed his desire to be at WrestleMania this year and to be the WWE Champion at some point, he guaranteed it. I guarantee Cena is going to be there, Brock Lesnar has been discussing his return being at WrestleMania."
Despite the obvious need for more star power both on weekly programming and at the monthly PPVs, the fact that the WWE refuses to bring the biggest names in the sport back in a timely fashion hurts the product.
No matter what it costs, Brock Lesnar should be returning at Survivor Series.
Christian, Mark Henry and Evan Bourne
All of the following updates are from The Wrestling Observer via WrestleZone:
-Mark Henry's recovery from shoulder surgery is progressing well and it's being said that he is expected back on WWE TV before the end of the year.
-Christian, who has also been sidelined from WWE action due to shoulder surgery, is expected back in the ring either this month or next month.
-Following surgeries on both his elbow and foot, Evan Bourne is expected to return to the ring in early spring of 2013.
2012 Survivor Series card before the go-home edition of Raw:
WWE Champion CM Punk versus John Cena versus Ryback
World Heavyweight Champion Big Show versus Sheamus
Team Foley versus Team Ziggler (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match)
The majority of the card has already been announced—and only the WWE knows for certain if they will completely overhaul the PPV once again like they did last week—but the excitement over the event is already reaching epic proportions.
With two title matches, a traditional Survivor Series bout and plenty of time to build other matches and secondary feuds, now is when the WWE must show its hand and push the right stars on a huge stage.
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