WWE Survivor Series 2013: GSM's Pick, Preview and Potential for Each Match
In mere hours on Sunday night, WWE will present its 27th annual Survivor Series pay-per-view event, live from the TD Garden in Boston at 8 p.m. ET.
Despite being one of WWE's "big four" pay-per-views, the build for Survivor Series thus far has felt like anything but. Many of the matches on the advertised card received very little hype going into the event, but they still have the potential to exceed expectations.
Big Show has gotten the better of WWE Champion Randy Orton at every turn in the last two months. Knowing that he is going at it alone on Sunday, what lengths will Orton go to in order to retain his prestigious prize?
Even with an injured arm, John Cena has proven in the past that he is more than capable of defeating Alberto Del Rio when it matters most. Will Cena repeat history on his home turf of Boston by silencing the Mexican aristocrat once and for all?
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have had a score to settle with The Wyatt Family in recent weeks. Will Bryan and Punk put their differences aside to focus on the task at hand, or will Luke Harper and Erik Rowan manage to upset the former world champions?
Here, I will provide my personal preview, prediction and potential for every match on the advertised card.
The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston (Kickoff Match)
Preview: The Miz and Kofi Kingston have never seen eye-to-eye, especially considering that the two have traded titles on several occasions dating all the way back to 2008. However, they put their differences aside last month when they found a similar dislike for The Wyatt Family.
After coming up short against the feared faction time and time again, Miz turned his back on Kingston during a tag team bout against The Real Americans on the November 18 edition of Raw. A match pitting the two familiar foes against one another was made for the Kickoff show for Survivor Series.
Prediction: I was among the elite few who actually enjoyed Miz's face run, but I agree with the masses in saying that it was horribly handled by WWE's Creative team to the point where he needed to turn back heel. Miz has been irrelevant for quite some time now, so one can only hope that his latest character development sticks this time.
Kingston will forever be a mid-card competitor, so there is no point in having him cut Miz's momentum short here. That being said, allowing Miz to pick up the win will hopefully be the first step in reinvigorating The Awesome One's stagnant career.
Potential: As previously stated, these two have always worked well together and find new ways to make their matches more interesting every time they face off. The most recent matches on the pay-per-view Kickoff shows have been nothing notable, but I hope this contest breaks that streak.
Kingston and Miz are more than capable of having a great match that will help set the tone for the rest of the show.
Total Divas vs. True Divas (7-on-7 Elimination Tag Team Match)
Preview: Since the debut of Total Divas on the E! Network back in July, many Divas not featured on the show have felt resentful toward the cast. Leading the revolution has been AJ Lee, who has been the reigning Divas champion since June's Payback pay-per-view.
While her title may not be on the line at Survivor Series, AJ will finally have a chance to prove herself against the Total Divas cast and lead her team of self-proclaimed "true" Divas to victory.
Prediction: AJ has been doing a fantastic job as Divas champion in recent months, which is why I haven't wanted her reign to end at any point in the near future. This match will allow the Total Divas cast to finally get their vengeance against WWE's resident crazy chick without having to take her title. Thus, expect the reality show stars to emerge victorious here.
Potential: If past multi-Diva matches are any indication, then this match will be an absolute train wreck. The two Divas I really hope get eliminated early are Eva Marie and JoJo, as they have very minimal wrestling experience and shouldn't be in the ring for more than a minute (if even that). Expect the eliminations in this one to be rapid fire with a total of 14 Divas being involved.
Team Rey Mysterio vs. Team Shield (Traditional Tag Team Elimination Match)
Preview: The Real Americans defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a non-title match one day removed from the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. This led to a tag team title match on the latest episode of SmackDown, which was won by the Rhodes brothers.
The Usos and The Shield have been feuding since July, with both tandems trading victories in tag team action. Rey Mysterio was thrown into the mix after making his return on the November 18 edition of Raw and saving his teammates from an attack at the hands of The Shield and The Real Americans.
Prediction: The Rhodes brothers and The Usos have been getting the better of The Shield and The Real Americans in recent weeks, which would normally mean that the heels would be going over here. However, I think the faces have a likelier chance of emerging victorious, especially since this will be one of Mysterio's first matches back.
I am crossing my fingers for a Dean Ambrose vs. Mysterio feud for the United States Championship, so it would only make sense if The Master of the 619 was the one to finally eliminate him.
Potential: The matches between all of the teams involved in this bout have been fantastic, so expect this match to be equally enjoyable. The traditional tag team matches have been a Survivor Series staple since the event's inception, so I hope to see this match given enough time to shine. Not only that, but there is also a high possibility that this match will end up stealing the show.
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper and Erik Rowan
Preview: One night removed from the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, The Wyatt Family targeted both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, with Bray Wyatt claiming that "the devil made him do it." The two tandems have clashed on several occasions in recent weeks, but it was The Wyatt Family who got the last laugh over the former world champions by laying them out on the latest episode of SmackDown.
Prediction: Bryan hasn't been able to conjure up any momentum in the last few months on pay-per-view, so it hard to believe that he would come up short yet again on this show. Punk hasn't had anything going for him as of late either, but The Wyatt Family need a big win in order to establish themselves as top-tier Superstars.
I have a feeling that this feud is far from over, so Luke Harper and Erik Rowan scoring the victory would be a logical way to keep it going strong.
Potential: Punk and Bryan are undoubtedly a dream team and have worked well with Harper in singles competition, so this match should prove to be highly entertaining. Given that Harper and Rowan are more than capable of holding their own against Bryan and Punk in the ring, I have high hopes for this contest as a potential barn burner.
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)
Preview: It was announced in early October that John Cena would be returning to the ring at Hell in a Cell to contend for the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio. Cena showed up in Miami as expected and pinned Del Rio for the three count to capture his third world title. Del Rio has attempted to re-injure Cena's arm in recent weeks, but this hasn't seemed to phase The Champ in the slightest.
Prediction: I didn't enjoy their feud two years ago, and I'm not enjoying it now. Del Rio does not at all feel like a threat to Cena's title, which is why I want this rivalry as soon as possible. Cena needs fresh faces to defend his strap against, and Del Rio desperately needs to be removed from the title picture for a long, long time. Needless to say, Cena will come out on top against the Mexican aristocrat in this bout.
Potential: Although I couldn't care less about their feud, there is no denying that their matches are always excellent. They have good chemistry with each other and create compelling stories in the ring. The ending outcome will take away from this match being exciting, but it should still be a very solid contest.
Randy Orton vs. Big Show (WWE Championship)
Preview: Since the heel turns of Triple H and Randy Orton at SummerSlam, Big Show has been under constant control of The Authority. He was forced to do the dirty deeds of HHH and Stephanie McMahon for many months before Show finally snapped and knocked HHH out cold in early October.
This led to Show's "departure" from the company before being later rehired after The World's Largest Athlete threatened legal action. In addition to being brought back to the active roster, Show demanded a shot at the WWE Championship, which HHH hesitantly granted him.
Prediction: On the subject of feuds I couldn't care less for, Orton vs. Show is certainly at the top of that list. Orton has been booked to look like a vulnerable champion for a while now, but perhaps that is the point trying to be established.
The story is that Orton is going at it alone at Survivor Series, so I am hoping to see him cleanly defeat Orton to retain his WWE title. Regardless of whether he resorts to dirty tactics or not, Orton will be walking out of Boston with his title intact.
Potential: These two have had a handful of matches over the years, but I don't recall any of them being all that good. Their Extreme Rules match from earlier this year was rather entertaining, but that was with the roles reversed and a no-disqualification stipulation in play, so it will be an entirely different atmosphere at Survivor Series. They might manage to have a solid match, but nothing much more than that, I imagine.
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Graham Mirmina, a.k.a. Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.