Survivor Series is always one of the most anticipated WWE events of the year. Although Sunday's show doesn't feature as much star power as last year's event, there are still several storylines to monitor throughout the show that will have a lasting impact.
The decision to scrap the original plans for the traditional elimination tag match has brought a couple of new variables into the equation as well. With that in mind, let's break down three of the most interesting things to keep an eye on during Survivor Series.
The Miz's Status
The Miz switched teams over the last few weeks, joining Team Foley on Raw after abandoning Team Punk, which is now Team Ziggler. It signals that he's either about to turn face or sabotage Team Foley, setting up a new push as a heel.
Either way, his presence on the Survivor Series promotional poster illustrates the important role he'll likely play on Sunday. After being stuck in midcard feuds for some time, it appears he's finally ready to start climbing the ladder again, and rightfully so.
He's one of the top superstars on the roster and should be able to succeed as a face if that's the direction the creative team decides to go. As illustrated by Ryback's rapid rise up the ranks, there's definitely a need for more faces at the main-event level.
Main Event Convergence
There are a lot of different storylines that will come to a head in the Triple Threat match for the WWE title between CM Punk, Ryback and John Cena. Punk is looking to extend his title reign to a full year, a rare accomplishment these days.
Meanwhile, Cena is dealing with the A.J. Lee "scandal." Judging by the way she's been acting over the past few weeks, there's a good chance the entire thing is a set up. Something will probably happen during the match to further that theory.
As for Ryback, he destroyed Brad Maddox on Raw, but it's highly unlikely that's the last we hear from the rogue referee. He already helped Punk to defend his title once by taking down the newest main-event star, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he did it again.
Will Dolph Ziggler Cash In?
Last month, Ziggler ran around doing everything he could to convince fans he would cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Hell in a Cell, but he didn't. Since then, he's barely mentioned having it and that's a sign he might actually cash in at Survivor Series.
Ziggler took over the heel squad after Punk was moved into a title defense, showing the WWE does have confidence in him despite some lackluster booking in recent months. It's only a matter of time before he becomes champion.
Why not at Survivor Series? It's one of the most important shows of the year, and cashing in would result in the type of boost Ziggler needs to jump-start a title reign. It would also be a defining moment for a show that will probably need an unexpected one.