WWE Survivor Series: Final Questions and Projections
Survivor Series is almost here, which means it’s time to guess who’s going to win this thing.
After spending years as one of WWE’s big four pay-per-views, the show now sadly seems about as prestigious as Capital Punishment or Halloween Havoc.
While the traditional Survivor Series match this year seems pretty uneventful (especially since Ziggler and Foley have no real beef), the main event looks pretty intriguing.
It will be the first time we see Ryback and Cena go head to head (if you can forget Skip “The Skipper” Sheffield, that is). If WWE is looking to make a statement with Ryback, it will be interesting to see how his interactions with Cena play out.
With only three weeks to promote, the rest of the card looks completely thrown together. Still, there could be a couple of surprises.
I’m putting my career 13-5 WWE pay-per-view match predicting record on the line as we take one last look at Survivor Series.
Sheamus vs. Big Show
Burning Question: How many times will Sheamus get punched in the stomach by The Big Show? The over/under is at 200.
Match Outlook: Last month the two put on a surprisingly good match, and even more surprising was Sheamus taking the clean loss.
It’s too bad that WWE didn’t have a Hell in a Cell-type match for this one, as it seems that it could use a solid gimmick to kick things up a notch.
If only the company wasn't forced to use the cell, with no proper buildup, on a throwaway gimmick pay-per-view.
Projection: Big Show (85 percent confidence).
I could see Regal getting involved at some point and costing Sheamus the match. Regal has always worked better as a heel anyway. More importantly, it’s way too soon to take the title off of Show if they want him to be taken seriously again.
Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth
Burning Question: How can you say "boring," "filler" and "Little Jimmy" in five different languages?
Match Outlook: I like Antonio Cesaro, and I like R-Truth. But I strongly dislike their characters. Both guys are so cartoonish that their acts just don't seem to belong on the same show as CM Punk mocking a senior citizen over his heart attack.
The match will probably be fine, but nothing special.
Projection: Cesaro (90 percent).
As little as the U.S. title means right now, WWE would be wise not to damage the belt anymore and let Cesaro hold it for the foreseeable future.
Eve vs. Kaitlyn
Burning Question: Why?
Match Outlook: It would be great if the crowd started up another mocking “this is awesome” chant again like last month.
Otherwise, there’s not much to look forward to. Kaitlyn just isn’t an interesting character.
I wish there was more to say about this, but there really isn’t. WWE doesn’t care about it. Teddy Long doesn’t even seem to care anymore. Why should we?
Projection: Eve (90 percent). Eh, why not?
Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley
Burning Question: Wait, why is this match still taking place?
Match Outlook: So, Ziggler and Foley have no real heat. This could be a problem.
WWE didn’t seem to bother this past week to explain why we should care about Ziggler vs. Foley. So, there's not a lot of tension between the two teams. We're left with the established rivalries (like Orton vs. Del Rio) to build the intrigue.
Due to the short number of matches on the show, this one could easily go half an hour. It will be interesting to see how the crowd reacts as there’s no real consequences to who wins or loses.
There's a lot of good athletes in this match, though, so it could still be a lot of fun.
Projection: Team Foley (55 percent).
If it was still Punk vs. Ryback, it’d be 100 percent certain that Ryback was taking this thing. WWE would be wise to have Miz, Ziggler or Barrett as the surviving member or members, as they could use a boost the most.
I’m going with Foley taking the win and looking strong in case he does have an in-ring match with Punk in his near future.
CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Ryback
Burning Question: Will Ryback be able to survive a potential 20-minute match?
Match Outlook: While Ryback and Cena going head to head feels rushed, they had to do something to save this show.
Expect it to play out like a traditional WWE three-way match. It will be a glorified one-on-one match where they each take turns being outside of the ring selling.
CM Punk is destined to do the most work, and Ryback and Cena will probably get their big moment when they finally square off.
The most intriguing part of the show is seeing Ryback and Cena go at it. The crowd's reaction should ve very telling.
Projection: CM Punk (90 percent confidence).
If Ryback didn’t take the title cleanly last month, I don’t see him taking it in a three-way match. Cena looks like he may be headed into a feud with Ziggler, so it’s best to stay the course and keep the title on Punk.
Agree? Disagree? What are your predictions on Survivor Series? Sound off below.