WWE presents its annual Survivor Series pay-per-view this Sunday, November 18, held in the beautiful Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Divas Championship: Eve Torres (champion) vs. Kaitlyn
4FWOnline.com reports big changes are coming for the Divas division, including the calling up of a few developmental divas. This won’t happen right away, so the WWE might as well see what they have in Kaitlyn.
Prediction: Kaitlyn (new Divas Champion)
United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (champion) vs. R-Truth
Ah, the battle of men who should be captaining Survivor Series elimination match teams, including Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd (Truth) and The Prime Time Players, Primo and Epico (Cesaro).
But alas, this is another defense for Cesaro and one that I suspect he’ll win convincingly—as he should.
Prediction: Antonio Cesaro (still United States Champion)
Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Foley (The Miz, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton) vs. Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow)
Line-up changes, face turns and injuries will all impact this match, yet I still think it will get a lot of time and will be highly entertaining.
There’s a chance that Cody Rhodes could be out of the match, and reports are that Tensai will be in. I’d rather see Mark Henry fill the role, but that’s just me.
I think the most fun part of evaluating the match is looking at the face team and imagining all of the finishers that Dolph Ziggler will take during the match. (That is if he doesn’t walk out of the match—see why below.) We should draw up a grid and take bets.
In its original form, I suspected the faces to win with Ryback pinning Punk in the end. Now that both men are out of the match, I am sticking with the face team to win, and Randy Orton and Miz will serve as the sole survivors.
Prediction: Team Foley (The Miz, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Kane and Daniel Bryan); Miz and Orton are the sole survivors
World Heavyweight Championship Match: The Big Show (champion) vs. Sheamus
Dolph Ziggler (amongst others) has alluded to the heel team in this Survivor Series match being abandoned by its leader. Something tells me—I’m likely wrong about this—that Dolph is also going to abandon the same team early into the match.
Why? Because Sheamus is going to roll up The Big Show out of nowhere to regain his championship, Show is going to react by knocking Sheamus out with the WMD punch, allowing Dolph to cash in. Thus, he’ll have nothing to gain and everything to lose by wrestling in the elimination match.
This will be a good match that might fall just shy of what they did at Hell in a Cell, but I’ll stick with my above prediction just for the fun of it.
Prediction: Sheamus (and new World Heavyweight Champion); Ziggler cashes in and wins the title
WWE Championship Triple Threat Match: CM Punk (champion) vs. Ryback vs. John Cena
This is the Vince McMahon Special.
My theory is that Triple H, who has been pushing old-school ideals such as long title reigns and tag team wrestling, wanted to have a traditional 5-on-5 elimination-style Survivor Series match to, you know, be the main event of the pay-per-view.
I believe Vince McMahon lost some sleep over CM Punk and Ryback being lost in the shuffle of the match and John Cena—the company’s biggest star—on the undercard against Dolph Ziggler after sitting the last pay-per-view out.
Thus, the card was changed because, well, it’s Vince’s company. This match will be interesting, as we get to see John Cena sell for Ryback (and Ryback sell for Cena). The finish of this match, however, does create some intrigue.
The winner likely breezes through WWE: TLC and meets The Rock in the main event of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. I truly believe that the WWE is going with Rock-Cena at WrestleMania 29. According to F4WOnline.com (via WrestlingInc.com) recent talk has the company planning to have CM Punk in the main event of the biggest show of the year, but that could change.
If we’re headed towards Rock-Punk at ‘Mania, then Punk loses here. If we’re headed to Rock-Cena at ‘Mania, then Punk wins. The best part? The most valuable move the company could make is to have Ryback win the title.
I see the obvious happening, as CM Punk steals Ryback’s pin on John Cena. But don’t rule out a run-in by Brad Maddox. The company is reportedly high on him (according PWInsider.com, via WrestlingInc.com) and rightfully so.
Prediction: CM Punk (still WWE Champion)
Survivor Series is an event known for some of the most memorable moments in WWE history. The Undertaker’s debut, The Montreal Screwjob and even The Gobbledy Gooker.
Will the 2012 Survivor Series create memories for wrestling fans to remember forever? Tune in Sunday and find out.
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