There will be no new champions at WWE Survivor Series 2013, but the pay-per-view will showcase a number of rising stars.
The company's history says that Alberto Del Rio won't beat John Cena. Backstage reports point to Rey Mysterio being on the sidelines for much of the action.
Cena returns to Boston, Mass., joining Randy Orton and Big E Langston as champs looking to hold tight to their titles. Two traditional elimination matches and a tag team match round out a card that won't have anyone flashing back to 2002 but has some talented wrestlers looking to be in next week's headlines.
The Shield, Langston and The Wyatt Family can help make folks start pining for the past and get pumped for the future.
News, Rumors, Potential Spoilers
Mysterio will be limited in his traditional tag team elimination match.
After making a surprise return on the Nov. 18 episode of Raw, signs that Mysterio's knee was still in bad shape popped up. WrestlingInc.com reported that Mysterio "was seen limping on his way to the ring and after Raw went off the air."
That report states that Mysterio was limping in the backstage area as well.
These sightings of a hobbled Mysterio don't bode well for fans expecting to see him light up the ring. Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, has worse news.
Dave Meltzer writes that "Mysterio was reportedly not ready to return on on Monday's Raw, but WWE officials asked him to come back since he wouldn't have to do much in the ten-man match at Survivor Series."
That could mean Mysterio stands on the apron for much of the bout or else gets eliminated early.
Ryback is not scheduled to be on the show, but what he said in a recent interview hints at WWE possibly putting him in a last-minute match. He told CBS Radio in Boston, Mass. the following:
"The open challenge is out there. I'm kind of a bully. I like a good fight and I like picking on people. If it's someone bigger than me so be it."
Some are speculating that this potential someone is a man that is much bigger than him. Mark Henry told fans on Twitter that he could be back soon.
Should Henry return at the pay-per-view, he will need a new victim, and with Ryback reportedly still in WWE's doghouse, per F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, there is a quick victory awaiting him.
- Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz
- Curtis Axel vs. Big E Langston (Intercontinental Championship)
- Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio and The Usos vs. The Shield and The Real Americans (Elimination)
- AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Summer Rae, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Aksana and Alicia Fox vs. JoJo Offerman, Eva Marie, Natalya, The Funkadactlys and The Bellas (Elimination)
- CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
- John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)
- Randy Orton vs. Big Show (WWE Championship)
In the kickoff match, newly turned heel The Miz begins the newest phase of his career with a win.
Miz needs to reestablish himself now that he is a villain once more. Starting fresh, a win over Kingston provides a mini boost of momentum for whatever WWE has planned for him next.
Kingston has been used more as a victim lately, losing to Fandango on Wednesday's Main Event, for example.
Big E Langston
Langston's title reign is just getting started. Fans were buzzing for the big man when he dethroned Axel.
WWE will make sure Axel gives him a tough time in the rematch, but it's too early to yank the Intercontinental Championship off Langston.
Expect Langston to retain in a better, more intense match than they had on Monday's Raw. WWE is giving him the spotlight for the moment, and his journey is set to continue.
Cody Rhodes, The Usos, Rey Mysterio and Goldust
The members of The Shield were once unstoppable; they're now vulnerable. WWE should protect The Shield some by having some of the elimination come by way of disqualification, but this is a chance for the company to celebrate Mysterio's return.
That likely means he gets the final pin.
Antonio Cesaro has been looking increasingly impressive. Having him and Jack Swagger challenge for the tag titles on Friday's SmackDown is a sign that WWE is recognizing that. He should get a few eliminations and be one of the last men standing on the heel side.
One of the safer predictions is that this match will be the best of the night.
The Bellas, Eva Marie and the rest of the reality show cast will celebrate the win at Survivor Series.
Kaitlyn, Rosa and Aksana are so rarely used that one would expect them to be among the first to be eliminated. It's Eva and JoJo that WWE has been looking to promote, pushing both women into the spotlight to benefit Total Divas.
Natalya and Summer's rivalry should lead to them losing control; both get counted out brawling on the outside of the ring.
The Wyatt Family
Survivor Series will showcase The Wyatt Family, giving Rowan and Harper some mighty fine trophies to hang on their wall.
The way that Chris Jericho was used to elevate Fandango in his first pay-per-view match, look for Punk and Bryan to succumb to the numbers and size advantage and lose. It won't be a decisive or clean victory from the Wyatts, though.
This feud has the feel of a lengthy, personal one that goes into at least TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in December.
If you have to make just one bet on a winner at any WWE pay-per-view, Cena is usually the safest bet.
Back on top after returning from injury, Cena will fight off Del Rio, injured arm and all. Giving Del Rio the championship back so soon isn't a great story. Cena's survival against all odds is more of WWE's style as, we saw at Hell in a Cell and when Damien Sandow failed to cash in the next night.
Del Rio has been the world champ for most of 2013; don't bet on him winning it three times in the same year. No one has done that in World Heavyweight Championship history.
Triple H says that Orton is on his own this time. There will be no interference from The Shield or The Authority.
He wouldn't be the first authority figure to lie, though, in WWE or elsewhere.
WWE has done a good job of making Big Show look dangerous and like a legit threat to win. That's likely only to sell the pay-per-view and have this bout avoid being a predictable one.
It's been over 10 years since Big Show last won the WWE Championship. The company seems to see him as a worthy challenger and not a WWE champ at this stage in his career.
This feud is more about Triple H anyway, and losing to Orton only makes Big Show more angry as WWE leads into that inevitable battle.