The Survivor Series pay-per-view has long been one of the most thrilling, exciting and unpredictable shows in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Over the course of 26 years, fans have bore witness to some of the most iconic feuds in the history of the business play out at the annual November spectacular.
Hogan-Andre, Hart-Michaels, Undertaker-Mankind and Michaels-Triple H have all been heavily featured on the show in years past, and 2013 will see some of WWE's top feuds take center stage. Will any become as iconic as those I have just mentioned?
It is unlikely.
But that does not mean they will not captivate an audience. They have potential to make this year's show one of the better Survivor Series events in recent history.
What are they and how will they thrill a WWE audience that has been disappointed with the company's past three pay-per-view offerings?
Let's take a look.
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family
Take two elite workers, sprinkle in the most unique, over and interesting faction of the last five years and you have the best feud in World Wrestling Entertainment leading into Survivor Series.
There is an aura of mystery surrounding the feud that has really helped it to become one of the most intriguing in WWE.
No one knows for sure why The Wyatt Family chose to target former WWE Champions CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, outside of Bray claiming that "the Devil" made him do it. Conversely, the fact that Punk and Bryan have yet to really form a united front against their attackers only adds to the drama.
On this week's post-SmackDown "Backstage Fallout" segment posted on WWE's official YouTube account, Punk discusses if he and Bryan have formed a pairing and, if not, why.
The babyfaces in this instance are two-polar opposite personalities who have history with one another and may find it difficult to fully trust one another—not unlike Batman and Superman, who have nothing in common and do not particularly like each other but band together to defeat common enemies.
The story will continue to unfold, adding more layers and answering questions as November 24 approaches.
Thanks to the freshness of the feud and the popularity of all involved, the eventual showdown between Punk, Bryan and The Wyatt Family—be it in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match or a basic tag bout—will be the feud that most thrills fans at the big event.
The Big Show vs. Randy Orton
The backlash has begun, as a large portion of the WWE fanbase has lashed out with displeasure over the fall of Daniel Bryan from the main event WWE championship feud and the addition of the Big Show, who has had many shots at being a marquee star in the company but can never seem to maintain the push he has been given.
Fans have taken to social media to voice their displeasure with the currently headlining angle and the direction WWE has taken post-Hell in a Cell.
So, if fans are disenfranchised by what happened to Bryan and WWE's panic move to replace him with the established, less-exciting Big Show, how can I claim that the feud will thrill fans at Survivor Series?
Easy. Though social media and free-falling television ratings indicate that fans are not connecting, nor do they want to connect with the Big Show angle, the live audiences are eating it up.
The pop the giant got for knocking out Triple H was thunderous, and fans in arenas across the country have bought into the plight of the big man.
Add to that the fact that the angle is the top one in the company and that Triple H's involvement almost guarantees a lot of attention will be paid to it by the creative team and you have plenty of reason to believe that the company will go out of its way to deliver some sort of story advancement that satisfies and thrills fans come Survivor Series.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Real Americans
Cody Rhodes and Goldust have been absolutely outstanding since forming a tag team and becoming part of that division back at WWE Battleground on October 6.
Their matches have consistently stolen shows and have elevated the WWE Tag Team Championships in the process.
New No. 1 contenders the Real Americans, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro, have recovered nicely after an embarrassing loss to Los Matadores at Hell in a Cell and have found themselves mixing it up with not only the tag champions but also World Heavyweight Champion John Cena.
The interactions between the champions and their top challengers thus far indicate that the string of above-average tag title matches will continue as they have displayed quite the chemistry.
Whether the story develops past the conflict over the titles remains to be seen, but one way to inject some adrenaline into the feud would be to reintroduce Dusty Rhodes, who was an integral part of the Rhodes family angle earlier this fall.
Imagine some of the promos involving the American Dream and Zeb Colter—two incredibly smart veterans of the business. Those promos alone would sell pay-per-views while the competitors backed up the words with their in-ring work.
Whether there is an evolved story or it is as simple as the Real Americans wanting the tag titles that the Rhodes brothers have, the feud will thrill fans from an in-ring perspective and, likely, be in contention to steal Survivor Series right out from under the main event Superstars and matches.
The above are just three examples of feuds that will thrill fans at this year's Survivor Series.
Not mentioned is the John Cena-Alberto Del Rio conflict over the World Heavyweight Championship, which includes the most over guy in the company but a challenger who has failed to make the connection with the audience that is absolutely essential in the professional wrestling business.
The company has yet to tip its hand as to what others feuds may away fans on November 24 but, considering the importance of the show and the legacy that will follow it into the TD Garden in Boston, expect a buzzworthy show that delivers thrills and maybe even a few surprises.
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