Team Langston: Big E. Langston, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler and Christian
Team Ambrose: Dean Ambrose, Ryback, Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow
While the match was rough in a few spots at Hell in a Cell, it was easy to tell that there was a ton of potential for a quality rivalry between Big E. Langston and current United States champion Dean Ambrose. Their rivalry could, in many ways, dictate the future of the company and as such, they should find themselves leading teams into battle at the Survivor Series.
Ryback and Curtis Axel as members of Team Ambrose works in that they are two more prevalent members of the midcard, not unlike Ambrose, and find themselves in limbo after CM Punk's beating of Paul Heyman at Hell in a Cell has left them without a mouthpiece and manager. What better way to protect them and their spots by partnering them with a guy whose strongest attribute is his mouth?
To counteract those two Superstars, R-Truth would be added to Team Langston. The last month has seen Truth do battle with both Ryback and Axel, the latter of whom he took to the limit in two solid (if unspectacular) Intercontinental Championship matches.
Joining Axel and Ryback on Team Ambrose would be Damien Sandow, who is coming off the biggest match of his career this past Monday against John Cena and would make a perfect addition to a team full of talented midcard heels.
Next up for Team Langston would be Dolph Ziggler, who has been toiling in the midcard without much to do for the better part of two months. He did manage to defeat the aforementioned Sandow in two consecutive matches back at the beginning of the month, though.
The wild card in the match would be the final member of Team Langston. It would be easy to throw a wildly popular midcard comedy act such as Santino Marella in the mix, but, despite the fact that fans love him, he does not fit with the other, more serious Superstars in the match, so he's out.
With very limited options available, the best solution would be to bring back Christian, who has been missing from WWE programming since suffering a concussion. The match would immediately benefit from added star power, not to mention a great talent who has shown an ability to get young stars over.
Booking the outcome
The entire purpose of the match is to build Langston to the point that fans do not just feel like he has the chance to unseat Ambrose as U.S. champion but feel like he will beat Ambrose.
Rather than going the predictable route and having Langston and Ambrose as the final two participants, I would have Langston stun The Shield member with the Big Ending early in the match and shock the world by eliminating him first. It would be shocking moment that fans could get excited about and one that would leave no doubt that the former NXT champion is the rightful No. 1 contender to the title.
From there, I would have Christian eliminate Axel, perhaps setting up an Intercontinental title program between the two of them. Ryback would eliminate R-Truth fairly easy following the Meat Hook lariat, while Sandow surprises Christian with the You're Welcome for the elimination.
Dolph Ziggler would be the next to go following Shell Shocked from Ryback. That leaves Langston to fend off Ryback and Sandow.
Langston makes a go of it, taking the fight to both opponents. He hoists Sandow up for the Big Ending, but the former Mr. Money in the Banks escapes and bails from the ring. He is eliminated by count-out seconds later. The booking decision allows Sandow to save face without being pinned or made to submit so that he stays strong for a potential World Heavyweight title feud with John Cena.
This leaves Langston and Ryback, who exchange hard-hitting power moves. After a few minutes of action, Langston ducks the Meat Hook and delivers the Big Ending for an even bigger win.