WWE Survivor Series 2013: Updated Card Predictions for Big Event
Last night's episode of Raw did not add a single match to the lineup for the WWE Survivor Series 2013 pay-per-view.
Instead, the matches that were booked seemed to fly in the face of everything that was set up beforehand.
It appeared as though it was almost a mandate that virtually nobody interact with the people they were in a storyline with and alternatively, just wrestle random matches.
What does that mean for Survivor Series? Has the entire card been switched up?
Are we getting a whole new set of matches or are these feuds sticking around, with this being just a distraction along the way?
Who is going to walk out of the pay-per-view with the titles? What other matches will be added to the show?
It's time to adjust our crystal balls, gaze into the future and try to predict what lies ahead of us.
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
John Cena's title defense against Alberto Del Rio is one of the only feuds that has been given a little more substance behind it.
That amount of substance is extremely little, as the only addition to the feud was a standard attack from Del Rio.
However, the bigger aspect of this that needs to be looked at is the complete lack of involvement from Damien Sandow.
It seemed like a possibility with Sandow's cash-in attempt that this would become a Triple Threat scenario, but it appears as though any plans for that have been put on hold or scrapped entirely.
Sandow wrestled a filler match against Kofi Kingston and stood off to the side while Del Rio and Cena continued their feud together.
Seeing as how Alberto Del Rio has been in the World Heavyweight Championship picture for almost three straight years, it's hard to believe that this will be the last fight between these two.
More than likely, John Cena will retain here, and the duo will be placed in yet another match at TLC, facing off either against each other alone or with Sandow being thrown in the mix.
No matter what WWE sets up to make it seem like Del Rio is primed to take his title back, Cena is going to retain without a doubt.
Traditional Elimination Match
It wouldn't be Survivor Series without an elimination match, but the members of this bout are still up in the air.
Raw ended with a tease that we could potentially have a step up from the normal five-on-five booking and instead have six men on both teams.
The three members of The Shield could very well team with the three members of The Wyatt Family to face off against Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust and The Usos.
However, none of this is set in stone. There are lots of other people that could play a part in this.
Kane has an alignment with The Shield, so it's not a stretch to imagine him possibly being involved.
The Miz has had his problems with The Wyatt Family, so he could find his way onto the babyface team.
Whatever the teams end up being, we should have a team representing The Authority and a bunch of anti-Authority wrestlers taking the fight to them, which should be entertaining.
The babyface team will probably come out on top, but that's all just pure speculation until we see a solid indication of what these teams are.
WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs. Big Show
He is the only heel that WWE is positioning at this level, so no babyface is going to dethrone him and have nobody else to feud with.
Big Show poses no threat whatsoever in ending Orton's reign here, and it isn't just for that reasoning.
After Orton's struggles in defeating Daniel Bryan, he's in need of a win to give him some credibility.
This is Big Show's entire purpose—to lose.
There is no doubt that Big Show will look strong in the process, but no matter what happens during the match, the decision will ultimately result in Orton still having the title in his possession.
If WWE wants to continue this feud into TLC 2013, Big Show will either be screwed by some interference or Orton will cheat in some other way to get the win.
One way or another, Orton is walking out with the title, and Big Show will not be done dealing with The Authority.
What do you think is going to happen at Survivor Series? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!
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