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Randy Orton vs. Big Show Announced for Survivor Series
Despite the fact that Triple H banned Big Show from WWE for life, the giant Superstar was unsurprisingly present on Raw. As the storyline goes, Big Show had an airtight case against the WWE, so Triple H was forced to swallow his pride and give Big Show his job back. Big Show wouldn't agree to drop the lawsuit unless Triple H also granted him a WWE Championship match against Randy Orton at Survivor Series, however, which Triple H reluctantly agreed to.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will This Match Even Take Place?
Triple H clearly had some tricks up his sleeve, though, as he put Big Show in a four-on-one handicap match against Orton and The Shield. The match eventually broke down into an all-out beatdown, as Triple H's representatives hit Big Show with chairs. Kane even made his way to the ring dressed in a suit and provided Orton and The Shield with chairs as well. When Raw came to a close, The Authority stood tall over a defenseless Big Show.
There has been a great deal of discussion in recent weeks and months regarding a potential five-on-five, traditional Survivor Series match between The Authority and a team led by Big Show. The fact that Big Show was granted a title shot would seem to suggest that it won't happen, but WWE has been known to pull card swerves ahead of Survivor Series.
The five-on-five match originally scheduled last year was totally changed prior to the event, and it wouldn't be surprising to see things altered yet again this year.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Since all of the members of The Authority attacked Big Show on Raw, it is only natural that he'll want to get his hands on all of them. With that in mind, it's entirely possible that Big Show will forgo his title match in favor of an opportunity to take out Orton, The Shield and either Triple H or Kane depending upon whether or not Triple H is willing to wrestle. The creative team could then play off the fact that nobody saved Big Show from the attack at the hands of The Authority, which means Big Show would have to go "outside the company" to find teammates.
The starting point for that team would stem from Triple H's criticism of Rob Van Dam, Chris Jericho and Edge in a recent promo when he said that they were never "the guy" in WWE. Jericho and Edge were recently featured in WWE.com interviews and asked about Triple H's comments, which suggests something could be on the horizon.
That could lead to both RVD and Jericho returning along with Christian representing Edge. Mark Henry is also close to returning and in a similar boat, so he could round out the team. It may seem far-fetched on the surface, but it would undoubtedly create far more buzz than a Big Show vs. Orton title match.
Unification Match Discussed for WrestleMania XXX (WrestlingInc.com via PWInsider).
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan Team Up Against Wyatt Family
After Daniel Bryan lost his WWE Championship match against Orton at Hell in a Cell, and CM Punk finally got his revenge against Paul Heyman by defeating Ryback and decimating Heyman with a kendo stick, it became blatantly obvious that both men would be moving on to different storylines. Their paths have fittingly intersected, as they warded off the Wyatt Family on Raw one week after getting attacked by them in seemingly random acts.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What Type of Match Will Happen at Survivor Series?
Survivor Series is still a few weeks away, so there are plenty of unanswered questions that will become a bit clearer moving forward. The biggest question relates to why Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have turned their attention to Punk and Bryan.
Also, who is the "devil" that Wyatt has been referring to. It's possible that it is nothing more than Wyatt's usual cryptic language, but one has to assume that some puppet master is pulling the strings.
Names like Triple H, Heyman and even Vince McMahon have been bandied about, but it's very difficult to be certain. One thing that is certain, however, is that Bryan and Punk are officially embroiled in a feud with the Wyatt Family.
In one respect it, can be viewed as a negative since Bryan and Punk aren't currently in a main event angle, but this is huge for the Wyatt Family at the same time since the group will be elevated by going up against two of the biggest stars in the business.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
At this point it seems as though Punk and Bryan will face the Wyatts at Survivor Series in some capacity, but there are several different options. They could potentially team up and face Harper and Rowan in a tag team match, but it would be somewhat counterproductive to leave Wyatt out of the match, and facing an experienced team like Harper and Rowan may be viewed as a slap in the face to Punk and Bryan.
Should Wyatt get involved, though, Punk and Bryan would have to find another partner, unless the WWE plans on doing a handicap match of some kind.
According to WrestlingInc.com, via the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the original plan was for a four-on-four, traditional Survivor Series match to take place, but that may no longer be the case. If it does happen, though, the Wyatts would have to find a fourth partner, and the team of Punk and Bryan would have to find two more. There isn't a logical way to make that happen, so a regular tag match is the most likely solution.
Bryan's Impact on Low SummerSlam Buyrate (WrestlingInc.com via PWInsider Elite).
TNA Announces World Title Tournament
After leaving TNA with the World Heavyweight Championship, it remains to be seen when and how A.J. Styles will be brought back to TNA programming. Until that happens, though, TNA is in search of a new titleholder. In order to crown a new champion, Dixie Carter announced that an eight-man tournament involving James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Chris Sabin, Austin Aries and Magnus would take place.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is This Yet Another WWE Ripoff?
The first seven spots in the tournament were given to former world champions, while the final spot was awarded to the winner of what Carter called a "gauntlet match." Apparently, TNA has no idea what a gauntlet match is, though, because Magnus won TNA's equivalent of a mini Royal Rumble to earn a place in the tournament.
To make matters worse, Sting was allowed to be in the match despite the fact that his loss to Bully Ray several months ago meant that he could never challenge for the world title again.
All of that aside, TNA appears to be taking a page out of WWE's book yet again. It was blatantly obvious that TNA was channeling the CM Punk 2011 storyline when it was revealed that Styles was no longer under contract with TNA, but it resembles the angle more closely with each passing week. Not only has Styles left with the title just like Punk did, but now TNA is holding a tournament to determine the new champion and is acting as though Styles doesn't even exist.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
There are obviously some subtle differences, as TNA's tournament will take place over the course of several weeks rather than one night, and every match will have a stipulation as well.
But it's fairly pathetic that TNA can't come up with a truly unique idea. The Punk storyline was far from perfect—he returned too soon and his momentum was ultimately squandered—but even if TNA improves upon that aspect in its own version, it will still be viewed as a cheap ripoff.
For starters, Styles doesn't have anywhere near as much momentum as Punk did in 2011. Perhaps that is like comparing apples to oranges since one is in WWE and one is in TNA, but Styles simply wasn't built very well leading up to his title win. It didn't seem as though TNA knew how to handle Styles, so it panicked and tried to channel the Punk angle instead.
All of this seems to be leading toward a Styles vs. Magnus feud in the near future, and while it can be argued that it's a solid way to build Magnus, it's tough to imagine that fans are going to get behind something they've essentially seen already.
TNA Planning to Keep Styles Off TV for Several Months (WrestlingInc.com via PWInsider).
RRR Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Donald Wood: 262.5
2. Mike Chiari: 162.5
3. Brandon Galvin: 12.5
4. Michael Cahill: -60
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