WWE has elected to go in a different direction for Survivor Series after three straight pay-per-views featuring a main event between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title.
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H made it official on Raw Monday—Orton will defend his title at Survivor Series against Big Show:
Show originally showed up to settle his lawsuit with the company, get his job back and receive a title shot. Thanks to the Board of Directors, Stephanie and Triple H obliged to set the main event at the marquee pay-per-view in stone.
It's an interesting turn of events because Big Show could just as easily have had a major match with Triple H with the two involved in a major feud over the past few weeks, ultimately culminating in Big Show knocking the C.O.O. out.
Instead, WWE needed an opponent for Orton, and Big Show is it. This frees up Bryan for any number of things yet to be decided, with a tag match with CM Punk against The Wyatts making the most sense, although a match with Triple H is an outside possibility as well.
Both Punk and Bryan were recently attacked by Bray Wyatt and Co., so there is a potential angle there. This all goes without mentioning The Shield is still out there in need of direction for the major pay-per-view that features tag-team action.
Regardless, WWE is clearly pulling out all the stops for the event, as Show is one of the most over faces in the company at the moment along with Bryan. The slow-building feud between superstars and The Corporation is set to continue in impressive fashion late this month.
Survivor Series takes place on Nov. 24 from the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.