OK, so WWE hasn’t exactly done a world-class job of building this Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.
However, despite the rather average promotion and routine storylines, there remains great intrigue surrounding a couple of the matches at the event.
Just what is WWE champion Randy Orton’s plan for his bout against Big Show?
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon declared to Orton on Monday’s Raw that there would be no outside help from The Authority. Orton wasn’t thrilled with the news, but he claimed he would pick up the win regardless.
The question is: Are the married couple trying to punish the increasingly unruly and disrespectful star for his actions, or is this all simply an act to convince Big Show to let his guard down and be vulnerable to an attack from The Shield or Kane?
Or will Orton actually try to—GASP!—win fairly?
This whole matter has added a new layer of intrigue to what would otherwise be a dull Orton/Big Show program. It may not quite be a must-see, but it will be interesting to see just how this angle develops on Sunday.
Rey Mysterio’s involvement in the 10-man bout also adds significantly more depth to the show.
It will be very intriguing to see just how WWE treats the recently returned star.
Sure, the 38-year-old remains as popular as ever—he received a loud, warm reaction when he showed up at the end of Raw to save the babyfaces—but can the company continue to push someone who has been besieged by one serious knee injury after another over the last few years?
We should find out more about Mysterio’s status at the pay-per-view. You would expect him to pick up the win for his team on Sunday, but it’s very possible that WWE might decide against it for the reasons mentioned.
Is Mysterio back to be a main eventer? Or will he continue to float around in the midcard like before?
Finally, there’s the Wyatt Family. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are, of course, scheduled to face CM Punk and Daniel Bryan in a tag-team bout at the pay-per-view.
If WWE wants to keep Bray Wyatt and friends strong—which it surely will—look for the group to pick up the win.
Bryan and Punk are popular enough to withstand a loss here anyway. It won’t make much of a difference to either man.
There’s also the tantalizing prospect that, at the pay-per-view, we may find out just who is “The Devil” figure Bray has been talking about recently—you know, the person apparently behind all of the group’s heinous deeds.
Everyone from Vince McMahon to Paul Heyman has been speculated for the role, and it remains a deeply compelling question that WWE needs to answer soon.
Survivor Series may not do huge numbers on pay-per-view, but the fact that it looks set to change the landscape of WWE television for the next few months—as well as offer a few twists and turns—might just make it a quality show worth purchasing.