Survivor Series is one of the WWE's "big four" pay-per-views along with Royal Rumble, Summerslam and, of course, WrestleMania. Throughout the last few years, WWE's big November show has been lackluster to say the least.
As we roll closer to Survivor Series 2013, the main events have been laid out, featuring Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, and Randy Orton vs. Big Show. However, if the WWE wants to make up for a few rough years at Survivor Series, main events can't do it alone.
The WWE has to find a way to make an exciting and interesting undercard to really give the WWE Universe something to talk about, and they have to find a way to do it without some of the WWE's biggest names who are already booked for matches at Survivor Series.
Here are a few potential additions to the card that could really spice things up and help restore Survivor Series to its former glory, all while using some of the most underused and underrated guys and gals in the locker room.
Tyson Kidd, Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston and the Usos vs. Damien Sandow, Curtis Axel, Wade Barrett and the Real Americans
Survivor Series has started to resemble Money in the Bank in that the WWE frequently finds a huge pile of underrated, extremely talented Superstars to throw into the pay-per-view's main gimmick match. If the WWE wants to put on a great show this year, they should keep that going at Survivor Series.
This matchup would not only showcase some of the WWE's most talented Superstars, but it would showcase some of the most underused guys in the company. Tyson Kidd's recent high-flying return has added another high-energy impressive Superstar to the roster, and he could thrive in a match like this.
Adding guys like Ziggler, Langston, Sandow and Axel into the mix adds a bit of legitimacy to the match along with a tag team element with two top competitors in the Usos and the Real Americans. All of that, rounded out by a returning Wade Barrett, would make this match a major candidate for match of the night.
All 10 of these guys involved can easily be thrown into the underutilized category. Kidd is just returning from injury, but he hasn't gotten a fair shake of his skills in a long time. Ziggler is definitely one of the most talented, well-rounded guys in the company who has little to show for his efforts.
Langston has found himself in the midcard title picture recently, but with the injury to Axel, he's kind of been tossed all over the card with no real direction and the Usos have been one of the best tag acts in the company for the last couple of years.
All of the faces in this matchup have been underused, and an opportunity to put on a great show at Survivor Series is just what they need.
The same can be said for the heels. Sandow just got buried by John Cena in a failed money in the bank cash-in attempt. Axel has apparently lost Heyman as his mouthpiece. Barrett has been gone for a while and even when he was around didn't get a lot going, and the Real Americans are a couple of the best heels in the business who continue to somehow get pushed out of the title picture.
The WWE has a roster full of talent without room on the weekly card to fit them all in. A traditional Survivor Series match is the perfect opportunity for the WWE to showcase some of their great young talent while putting on one heck of a show for the WWE Universe.
Tons of Funk and Los Matadores vs. 3MB and Fandango
Before you grab your torches and pitchforks, hear me out. Whether you like it or not, every WWE pay-per-view has to have a "come down" match. A match, usually before the main event, that gives the fans a chance to take a breath and prepare for the biggest matches of the night.
There will be one of these matches at Survivor Series, and, since it's bound to happen, the WWE may as well make it one that will be mildly entertaining. While the teams of Tons of Funk, Los Matadores, 3MB and Fandango might not be made up of serious contenders, all eight guys have strong connections with the crowd and are all solid in the ring.
Because of their gimmicks, these guys aren't often taken seriously, which hurts how often they're used on TV. Pitting these underutilized acts in a traditional Survivor Series match would give the WWE a good come down match while putting on an entertaining show, especially for the younger members of the WWE Universe who find dancing dinosaurs, tiny bulls and fake rock bands hilarious.
AJ, Tamina, Layla and Alicia Fox vs. Natalya, Eva Marie and the Bellas
The WWE Divas division is having an extreme inner struggle. On one side, the WWE is doing their best Scrooge McDuck impersonation as they roll in the money that they're banking from Total Divas, pushing the Divas that star on the show—even pushing people who appeared on the show before they appeared on WWE TV like Eva Marie.
On the other side, the WWE Divas division is being ruled by AJ Lee, one of the best all-around Divas we've seen since Trish Stratus. She's made the Divas division about more than just good looks and has brought strong in-ring matches and stories out of irrelevance and back to the forefront.
As the division remains split between Total Divas and real competitors, the WWE has the perfect opportunity to set up a traditional Survivor Series match between Divas to take up the obligatory Divas spot on the card.
While AJ, Tamina and the Bellas are really the only Divas used often, competitors like Layla and Alicia Fox have the in-ring talent to put on pretty decent matches, but they don't get many chances to show it. Natalya is one of the most obvious travesties in the Divas division. She is one of the best wrestlers in the company, but spends most of her time as a valet to Great Khali.
The WWE has to find a Divas match for Survivor Series, and this one would not just satisfy that requirement, it would give the WWE Universe a great match with some of the best Divas in the company who rarely get a chance to show their skills on WWE TV.