WWE has been making the card for the Survivor Series as it moves along, with no set plans for anything. It is interesting to watch things change on a weekly basis, though we at least know the top matches already.
Despite being named the Survivor Series, WWE has all but given up on the concept of this pay-per-view.
The ironic thing is, WWE adheres to so many gimmick shows throughout the year that the one time one of the oldest gimmick shows comes up, the company has little interest in seeing it through.
One thing to watch for is the way this show plays out. WWE will often set up at least one storyline for WrestleMania at Survivor Series. Of course, there is the matter of The Rock and his title shot at the Royal Rumble before that.
All that will be settled later. Right now we want to give you a look at the matches we are most looking forward to at the Survivor Series.
No. 3 Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus for World Title
Sheamus is turning more and more into John Cena and Triple H. He doesn't mind losing. In fact, he seems to embrace it by smiling and acting happy, even if that loss costs him the world title.
Big Show is a transitional champion, likely used to provide a short-term ratings boost to Raw and/or SmackDown. WWE isn't going to put a lot of long-term faith in him. He might make it out of this show as champion, but he won't be wearing the belt by the end of 2012.
This storyline just leaves me cold. Sheamus doesn't really care about losing the title, so where is the sense of urgency to see him win it back? Big Show is good in his role as the monster heel, but how much work can these two really do together?
No. 2 Traditional Survivor Series Match
Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett)
Despite a lack of star power in the Survivor Series match, not to mention the last-minute change in plans that saw CM Punk get taken out of this match and into a WWE Championship Match, this should be the No. 2 match on the show.
The possibilities with wrestlers like Kingston, Ziggler, Bryan and Orton make this one of the most intriguing matchups, even if it doesn't have potential storyline ramifications. Orton's inclusion at least gives the match a top star to build around.
Survivor Series matches can be exciting under the right circumstances. Having Ziggler and Bryan potentially working together is enough excitement to sell me on the match.
No. 1 CM Punk (c) vs. Ryback vs. John Cena
John Cena is back on pay-per-view! Yay!
WWE is backing itself into a corner again with the WWE Championship Match, just like it did last month at Hell In A Cell. At that show, we knew that WWE wanted to protect Ryback, but it made no sense for Punk to lose the title.
That led to one of the dumbest finishes of the year with a corrupt referee. Now, WWE is either going to need Cena or Ryback to get pinned, or bring Brad Maddox back for another screwjob finish.
If WWE goes the latter route, it might as well just tell fans that paying for a big match to get a finish is pointless. Either have Ryback or Cena lose, or alter the plans for Royal Rumble and have Rock wrestle someone other than Punk.
Despite those qualms, Punk and Cena have good chemistry in the ring and should make this entertaining. Ryback is nothing without his undefeated streak, so when that runs out, people will see that he can't work or talk.
As long as Punk wins with a clean finish, this should be the best match on the card.
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