The Wyatt Family at the end of Monday's Raw
Later this month, expect WWE to use the Survivor Series as a chance to create several fresh programs and new stars.
Indeed, with the main event looking as stale and depleted as ever—Big Show vs. Randy Orton? Really?—Vince McMahon and his writing crew have to know they need to make new, crowd-drawing attractions heading into 2014.
So, in order of just how important they are on WWE television, here are my top five picks for the new feuds that could very well ensure that numerous wrestlers come out of Boston as far bigger stars than when they arrived.
Tamina Snuka picks up the victory on Raw
After years of doing nothing at all with her, WWE has finally given second-generation Diva Tamina Snuka a proper role on television—as best friend and bodyguard to evil Divas champion A.J. Lee.
Think of the two like a female version of the famous Shawn Michaels and Diesel pairing in the ‘90s (minus driving everyone backstage crazy with their politics and crazy demands, of course).
Judging by Monday Night Raw, we may very well be headed for a A.J. Lee/Tamina Snuka vs. Nikki and Brie Bella bout at the pay-per-view.
If so, expect Tamina to deliver yet another sterling powerhouse performance, as she continues to establish herself as one of the very best female wrestlers in the company.
Tyson Kidd and his wife Natalya on Raw this week.
Thanks to his exposure on hit E! reality show "Total Divas," the recently returned Tyson Kidd has much more of a chance to establish himself in WWE than he has ever had before. (His surprisingly great new theme song helps too.)
Helpfully, the 33-year-old appears to have more confidence and charisma—qualities he was sorely lacking during his 2009-2012 run—these days.
Don’t be too surprised if WWE gives Kidd a win over Fandango at the pay-per-view—the two have been feuding recently—in an attempt to help give the star some more momentum.
Big E. Langston takes out Dean Ambrose.
Big E. Langston may very well be WWE’s next big babyface star. Certainly, he’s got the look, charisma and work ethic that Vince McMahon seems to like in his top wrestlers. Booked correctly, he could truly go places.
At Survivor Series, look for Langston to be placed in a match with—and gain a victory over—floundering Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel.
It’s simply the next logical step for the 27-year-old as he climbs up the card.
Besides, Axel has held that belt for too long anyway. It’s more than time for someone new to have a run with it.
Is Antonio Cesaro headed for big things?
Having defeated the WWE Tag Team champions in a non-title match on Raw a few weeks ago, the Real Americans look set to take on Cody Rhodes and Goldust again at Survivor Series—only this time with the belts on the line.
If this is indeed the case, expect the bout to be used as a showcase for the tremendous talents of Antonio Cesaro. After far too long on the sidelines—puzzlingly, management seemed reluctant to get fully behind him—the Swiss appears to finally be getting his chance to shine.
As WrestlingInc notes, John Cena recently praised Cesaro in a promo and gave him his solid seal of approval at a recent house show event.
That’s definitely a good sign for his future.
Bray Wyatt, shows genuine promise.
Bray Wyatt may be the most compelling character on WWE television right now. He exudes a creepy charisma, delivers great, unnerving promos and has, at times, had the audience in the palm of his hand.
If the bookers use him correctly, he may very well be this generation's Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Unsurprisingly for those who have been following WWE programming, the company just announced that Daniel Bryan and CM Punk will take on Wyatt’s acolytes, Luke Harper and Eric Rowan, at the pay-per-view.
Of course, you should fully expect Wyatt to get involved in the matter in one manner or another—and get over strongly in the process.
It’s time for the Wyatt stable to stop treading water and finally ascend to the top of the card.
What better way to do that than taking out heavy fan favorites like Bryan and Punk?