The 2012 edition of Survivor Series is setting up to be an excellent version of the famous WWE PPV, but the best match on paper is the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series match between Team Ziggler and Team Foley.
Who ya got?
Add in the fact that Dolph Ziggler is now a team leader and there is obvious friction on both sides, this is a powder keg waiting to explode.
The entire WWE Universe wants to be watching when it blows up.
This match will remind people why these style matches are looked upon so fondly by older fans, and this is exactly what they should expect.
Led by wrestling legend Mick Foley, Team Foley is the favorite to win this matchup simply because there is nothing on the line. With no power stipulation or future title shot on the line for the winner, the WWE will ride with the faces here.
As far as the star that gets the official last pinfall, it will be The Miz.
With stars like Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Kane and Daniel Bryan making up the good-guys team, what better way to cement The Miz’s obvious face turn than by allowing him to get the victory and celebrating with the good guys.
Include Mick Foley in the group celebration, and there would be no way the WWE Universe would slowly start rooting for The Miz.
While some traditionalists won’t like hearing this, the entire purpose of the Survivor Series style match is now dedicated to furthering storylines and turning Miz face. Forget tradition!
After CM Punk was scheduled to defend his WWE Title against Ryback and John Cena in the main event of Survivor Series and removed from the 5-on-5 match, Vickie Guerrero used her power to get Dolph Ziggler in charge of the heel team.
While the faces are likely to pull out the win, the rub of being one of the biggest faces on a card as enormous as Survivor Series is huge for Ziggler. As great as this build has been, Ziggler will be the man that takes the pin against The Miz.
Despite the constant losses from Ziggler, he remains the Money in the Bank holder and will look plenty strong once he wins the championship. Just like every other star that cashed in the briefcase successfully, it’s how the star is booked after winning the title that truly matters.
The WWE will highlight the assets of Damien Sandow, Alberto del Rio, Wade Barrett and Ziggler, but it still remains to be seen who the WWE selects to replace the injured Cody Rhodes after the star suffered a concussion and a sprained shoulder.
Predicted Winner: The Miz Steals the Win for Team Foley
While it is clear that Team Rhodes Scholars and Team Hell No are continuing their feud, the rest of the stars in this match have all reached crossroads in their current feuds and storylines.
Now is a great chance for the WWE to hit the reset button and plant the seeds for new storylines in this match.
With The Miz likely winning this match and turning face, the WWE will have to give him a feud against one of the company’s top heels. The first name that comes to mind is Alberto del Rio.
Randy Orton is likely moving up to the main-event scene on SmackDown before WrestleMania, which leaves Del Rio and The Miz open for a great feud to get the freshly-turned face over with the crowd.
As for Barrett and Ziggler, Sheamus is likely next for Barrett after he loses to Big Show and Ziggler will likely be involved in an extended program with John Cena surrounding the AJ scandal.
No matter how this turns out, the result will be the starting point for some of the biggest secondary storylines heading into WrestleMania season.
Check back for more on the World Wrestling Entertainment as it comes, and visit Bleacher Report’s wrestling page to get your fill of WWE/TNA. For more wrestling talk, listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot topics you just can’t miss (some language NSFW).