WWE Survivor Series 2013: Unbooked Stars Who Deserve PPV Spotlight

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2013

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This Sunday, World Wrestling Entertainment presents its annual November spectacular the Survivor Series from Boston's TD Garden. With only six days until showtime, there are only three matches announced for the card, leaving opportunities for several talented young Superstars to make an impact on the show.

There are arguments to be made for any number of men and women on the WWE roster to be in action this weekend, but who deserves the spotlight that comes with a major pay-per-view event more than their coworkers?

Here's a look.


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The Tag Teams

WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust, The Shield's Roman Reigns and Seth Rolins, the Usos and the Real Americans are the safest bets to make the card, and rightfully so.

The tag-team division has consistently stolen the show on Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-view for the last two months. Rhodes and Goldust, in particular, have been the foundation of the revitalized tag-team division.

With the four aforementioned teams currently in the hunt for the titles, an eight-man tag team elimination match keeping true to the tradition of the Survivor Series pay-per-view makes sense and, considering the other matches booked thus far, would have an excellent opportunity to steal the show out from underneath the main events.

Even if that is not the direction the company takes, Rhodes, Goldust, Reigns, Rollins, Swagger, Cesaro and Jimmy and Jey Uso more than deserve to be showcased on one of the company's premier events of the year.


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Dean Ambrose

The United States Champion has floated somewhat aimlessly since winning the title while Shield teammates Rollins and Reigns, as mentioned above, have been tearing it up in outstanding tag bouts throughout the second half of the year.

Ambrose is a uniquely talented individual in that his in-ring style is different from what fans see from his fellow Superstars, and the presence he carries himself with when in front of the camera is that of a confident, game-changing performer.

Yet he has not been involved in a defined feud to this point, instead settling for wins over Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston and matches against Rob Van Dam and Big E. Langston.

Ambrose deserves to be featured on the Survivor Series card, though arguing that he should be involved in a high-profile match would be a mistake.

With so little announced ahead of time, it would not be a surprise for the company to take everyone not involved in something else on the card and through them into a couple traditional Survivor Series elimination tag matches.

As a leader of one of the heel teams, Ambrose would be spectacular. More importantly, whatever match he is involved with could be used to generate a new challenger for the US title and, perhaps, ignite an actual feud for Ambrose to stay busy in.


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Dolph Ziggler

Say what you will about his spot on the card or his presence on television at this point, but Dolph Ziggler has been one of the most talented in-ring performers for the company over the last five years and has been a good soldier in terms of putting other Superstars over during that time.

Despite the fact that he has been routinely buried over the last three months, he remains over with the audience, who appreciates the hard work he puts in night-in and night-out.

Throwing him on a team with like-minded individuals, those popular stars who have been lost in the shuffle that is the WWE midcard, and letting him do what he does best would be an excellent way to use the company's resident Showoff.

Otherwise, he will be stuck analyzing the show from a skybox for the company on its kickoff show.

For the second time in two months.

Yes, really.


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Big E. Langston

Langston may be the best prospect the company has had since John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista made their debuts at roughly the same time in 2002.

He has the body of a heavyweight but has demonstrated the ability to move and work with any Superstar.

His Twitter account is packed with examples of his abundance of personality (such as the one below) while the intensity that he has demonstrated is exactly what some of the lesser-successful Superstars called up from developmental have been missing.

After strong showings against the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Kane and Alberto Del Rio thus far in 2013, and what seemed to be the start of a great feud with Dean Ambrose before it mysteriously came to a halt, Langston has more than earned a spot on the Survivor Series card.


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Damien Sandow

On the October 28 episode of Raw, the Intellectual Savior of the Masses had a star-making performance against John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship. It was one of the best performances by any Superstar in months and proved to WWE's worldwide audience that he can hang with the elite performers in the industry.

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley and multiple-time WWE Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy even took to Twitter to mention Sandow's performances.

Since then, the company has done a terrible job following up on the hype that followed. 

Sure, he competed in two very good six-man tag matches with Swagger and Cesaro against Cena, Cody Rhodes and Goldust, and he picked up an impressive win over Kofi Kingston on the November 11 episode of Raw, but he has cooled off significantly since what should have been the start of a big push.

The best way to compensate for the mistake is to feature him, heavily, on Sunday's card.

While some of the other Superstars mentioned within this piece may be happy just to be part of the show, Sandow is deserving of a spot and much more.

An impressive showing and definitive, no-nonsense victory Sunday night would do a lot to help the growth of Sandow's character and potentially set him up for a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity heading into December's TLC and January's Royal Rumble.


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While he may not be the most popular pick, thanks in large part to his terrible booking in 2013 and what some believe is a regression in his in-ring work, Ryback still carries some star power with him that would benefit the company greatly should he be involved on Sunday's show.

A recent upset loss to R-Truth, a manhandling at he hands of the Wyatt Family and a strong promo from Paul Heyman denouncing him as one of his "guys" seems to be hinting at a potential babyface turn.

After a horrible heel turn that has seen him jobbed out to John Cena and bullying backstage employees in skits rather than tearing it up in the ring, that is for the best.

What better way to plant the seeds than in an elimination tag match Sunday night? Perhaps a partner of his, maybe even fellow former Heyman guy Curtis Axel, inadvertently strikes him and causes his elimination. Ryback responds by flattening whomever is left of his heel teammates, officially marking the end of his ill-fitting heel turn.



There are so many talented individuals on the WWE roster that this list could go on for days. Fandango has been a very solid hand for the company since his debut earlier this year and could use the pay-per-view exposure. R-Truth, for all of his faults, remains wildly over with the WWE Universe.

Kofi Kingston and The Miz are two strong midcard acts that would fit right in based on their past accomplishments alone, while the recently returned Tyson Kidd has looked better than ever in his few in-ring opportunities.

They could all be part of the Survivor Series card and the show would be better off because of it.

But those who received their own recognition above have been key members of the roster, even if they have not necessarily been winning ones, over the last six months and have earned the right to perform before a worldwide audience Sunday night.

It would be a great disservice to their talent and all of the hard work they have put in if they were to be left off the show that, outside the Royal Rumble in January, makes the most use of WWE's deep roster.