WWE Survivor Series 2012 is just days away, and the stage is set for what has historically been one of the company’s biggest events of the year.
As the longest running WWE pay-per-view after WrestleMania, Survivor Series has given us a number of monumental moments over the years, such as the debut of the Undertaker in 1990, or the infamous Montreal Screwjob of 1997.
The prestige of this year’s event, though, unfortunately seems dwarfed in comparison to that of years gone by.
Nonetheless, there are a number of positives to enjoy as we head into the PPV, which will be discussed in this article.
After a fairly confusing turn of events, we went from having no WWE Championship match to a Triple Threat contest within a matter of days.
Regardless of how questionable the WWE’s methods of announcing this match may have been, the fact remains that it is a definite plus to having the title defended at one of the company’s biggest shows of the year.
Furthermore, there was an added need for CM Punk to defend his crown this weekend as this Sunday marks the 364th day of his impeccable defence.
Surely the WWE won’t allow the reign to end just one day premature of hitting that elusive one-year mark?
One would have to think not, but Punk has spoken before of how he has not been the most favored of personnel in the WWE locker room, and Creative is also currently looking to somehow facilitate the Rock’s return to the WWE Title seen in just a few months time.
Both of these factors could work against Punk, thus leaving the possible outcome of this match wide open and highly unpredictable.
As well as a title match, Survivor Series would not be complete without the traditional 5-on-5 elimination tag team match.
Once again, the execution of this one may not have been the Creative Team’s finest piece of scripting, but at least we have ended up with some form of elimination match on the card.
And one must also appreciate the fact that the list of combatants is of a particularly high quality.
With The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton, there are plenty of main-event-calibre guys in this one, so at least we can look forward to a quality matchup between some of the best workers in the company today.
And, of course, the added undertones of heated rivalries between various members of either side will only add to the anticipation ahead of this blockbuster encounter.
Big Show’s feud with Sheamus at Hell in a Cell last month attracted plenty of criticism, with the Big Show’s victory one of the only positives to come from the feud.
But since then, the Celtic Warrior Sheamus has had a slight adjustment of attitude and has really begun living up to his various nicknames.
The former World Heavyweight Champion has shown an added aggressiveness in recent weeks, which is exactly what this feud needed to reinvigorate it.
Much like the WWE title match, this one is equally hard to predict, with neither man rumored to be involved in the World title picture over the coming months.
Either way the added intensity, which has improved the pair’s dynamic over the past few weeks, will surely be enough to produce a match of equal or even greater quality to that of their previous showdown.
After lacking any real direction since his return over two months ago, Creative finally had something for Barrett.
This may simply have been a move to please the English audience, as he was announced as the fifth member of Team Ziggler during Raw’s taping in Birmingham, England—a decision that received a raucous reaction.
But regardless of the motives, at least we will finally see one of the best heels in the company thrust into the main event scene where he belongs.
His matches with Sheamus and Randy Orton in recent weeks have been enough to prove his worth, and if he can produce such form this weekend, then it may elevate him to even greater heights—perhaps in the form of a Championship feud.
Hopefully he will not fade back into a weekly routine of squashing various jobbers, but nonetheless, with his inclusion we now have a very intriguing elimination match on the cards for Survivor Series 2012.
So despite the event’s many criticisms, there are plenty of positives to consider as we head into the 26th annual Survivor Series PPV.
Of course, I will be discussing the negatives of the event in an imminent article, so stay posted for that before you come to any lasting conclusions ahead of this weekend’s show.
Until then though, comment below with your thoughts on the article and whether or not you agree with the issues discussed.