WWE Survivor Series 2013 Card: Last-Minute Match Predictions for PPV Event
WWE's November pay-per-view is one of the most notorious events of the year and the 2013 edition of Survivor Series is shaping up to be no different. With Survivor Series just about here the WWE Universe is in for a wild and crazy night of action on Sunday in Boston.
This year's card is especially stacked and includes: two traditional Survivor Series matches, an intriguing pre-show kickoff match, the first title defense of a new Intercontinental Champion, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan teaming up to take on the Wyatt Family, John Cena defending his World Heavyweight Championship and, of course, Big Show going after Randy Orton, the WWE Championship and the Authority.
As the countdown to Survivor Series continues to tick down, here are last-minute predictions for each and every match on this year's star-studded card.
Pre-Show Kickoff: Kofi Kingston vs. the Miz
The Miz shocked fans on the most recent edition of Monday Night Raw as he hopped off the apron as Kofi Kingston came for a tag, leading to Kofi's eventual demise. The under-handed tactics of the Miz earned him a match against Kofi Kingston during the kickoff pre-show match at Survivor Series.
The Miz and Kofi have tangled in the past, including a short feud for the Intercontinental Championship in 2012, but they've spent more time as teammates in recent history, tagging on a few occasions against the Real Americans and the Wyatt Family over the last few weeks.
As these former partners turn once again to enemies, they'll give the WWE Universe a solid matchup during the pre-show, but, unfortunately for fans of Kofi Kingston, the Miz's recent heel turn means one thing; the Miz has to win at Survivor Series.
PREDICTION: The Miz resorts to dastardly deeds to pick up a victory to give his new heel turn more momentum.
Divas Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match
WWE's Divas division is confusing. One week it looks like it's all about Divas Champion AJ Lee as she continues to revolutionize the division, then the next week the focus is all on the Total Divas cast. Add to that the random new Divas JoJo and Eva Marie joining the Total Divas cast and the rift between the WWE Divas and this new group of Total Divas is becoming wider every week.
These two groups will duke it out at Survivor Series in a 7-on-7 traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match. With two groups made up of a mix of faces and heels, storyline goes out the window here as it's pretty much every single Diva in the company split into two teams, making it hard to predict exactly what will go down on Sunday, but it's worth a shot.
PREDICTION: The Total Divas team gets the win to continue to promote their reality show with a majority of the work being done by the Bellas and Natalya, with one or two eliminations from Eva Marie and JoJo to make them seem like they matter.
Traditional Survivor Series Match
Then we get the other traditional Survivor Series elimination tag match of the night. For this match, the Usos will join forces with a returning Rey Mysterio and the current tag team champions, Cody Rhodes and Goldust. They'll take on the Real Americans and The Shield on Sunday night.
With the current tag team champions, the current United States champion and a plethora of former champs in the match, this one has show-stealer written all over it. Not only do most of the guys in this match have an impressive list of accomplishments, but these teams even match up pretty well. You have the speedsters in Mysterio and Rollins, the power guys in Goldust and Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes and Dean Ambrose as the classic midcard talents, and the Usos against the Real Americans as the established tag teams.
This match looks great on paper and even better in the ring and is really up in the air as both teams have a lot to gain and a lot to lose on Sunday.
PREDICTION: The face team overcomes losing a few guys early to come back and get the victory with Rey Mysterio getting the decisive fall to push his return. Goldust and Roman Reigns will both have dominant performances throughout the match. Oh yeah, expect some silly new take on the Cesaro swing, maybe swinging Mysterio and another Superstar at the same time.
Intercontinental Championship: Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel
Big E Langston pulled off the seldom-seen Monday Night Raw title capture last week as he defeated the now Paul Heyman-less Curtis Axel. With Axel losing the two things that made him interesting, Heyman and the title, thing aren't looking up for the Superstar formerly known as Michael McGillicutty.
In the other corner, Big E has been booked extremely inconsistently for the last few months, trading off three or four match win streaks for losing streaks. However, once he got his shot at Axel's title, things turned around and Langston won't slow down at Survivor Series; heck, he has no reason to.
Langston is extremely explosive and talented in the ring and is surprisingly good on the mic, but one of his biggest supporters backstage will be the key to his title run. That supporter is John Cena. According to F4Wonline.com by way of PWMania, Cena is one of Langston's biggest supporters and, with Cena healthy enough to wrestle again, Langston's biggest backer is back on the road meaning Langston will continue to thrive as long as the Cenation Commander-in-Chief is running the roads.
PREDICTION: Big E Langston defeats Axel soundly, continuing his meteoric rise and start of an extremely long Intercontinental Championship reign.
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
The WWE Universe is getting a huge treat at Survivor Series as the WWE continues to push the Wyatt Family, pitting both Daniel Bryan and CM Punk against Bray Wyatt's acolytes, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
Bryan and Punk's history together is well documented, and as two of the best performers in the WWE, this match is tricky. Punk and Bryan, regardless of what Triple H says on TV, are two of the biggest names in the company. Because of that, you would think they would be solid candidates for taking down the destructive and creepy Wyatt Family.
You done thought wrong.
On the other hand, after an injury to Bray Wyatt right after they made the move to the main roster, the Wyatt Family hasn't been as dominant as everyone expected. They've just started to pick up momentum again and what better way to establish them as the new heel trio in the company than by giving them a huge win over two of the company's best in Bryan and Punk?
PREDICTION: Punk and Bryan fight valiantly, but the Wyatts simply have more to gain from a victory at Survivor Series. Punk and Bryan can take a loss, especially with the devious Bray Wyatt hanging out at ringside, and they'll come up short as Bray's cronies pick up a huge win and major momentum.
World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
John Cena has shockingly overcome the odds and earned yet another WWE title belt as he came back early from an elbow/triceps surgery last month. Thankfully, for Alberto Del Rio fans, ADR will take on one of the guys in the WWE who is hurt the least by losses due to Cena's crazy following and resume.
But, unfortunately for fans of the Mexican aristocrat, John Cena doesn't have a reason to lose on Sunday.
There's not much reason for Cena to hold the strap right now, but after a stale championship reign for Alberto Del Rio, it's better than the alternative. Even with ADR's recent attacks on the surgically repaired arm of Cena, ADR doesn't stand a chance on Sunday.
PREDICTION: John Cena wins clean in the middle of the ring with his STFU submission hold to really rub it in the face of Del Rio and his devastating cross armbreaker finisher as Cena retains the World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs. Big Show
Here's the big one. Randy Orton vs. The Big Show for the WWE Championship. This feud has been solid throughout and while Big Show vs. the Authority didn't seem as enticing as Daniel Bryan vs. the Authority, it's been extremely entertaining.
With the "Face of the WWE" Randy Orton trying desperately to stay in Triple H's good graces, he'll have to take down the World's Largest Athlete at Survivor Series on Sunday, a tall task for any man, pun completely, shamelessly intended.
This match could definitely go either way as far as storyline goes. Randy Orton's secret backstage talks with The Shield make it seem logical for The Shield to interfere and help Orton retain the title, but at the same time, the WWE is trying to make the Big Show look like a legitimate contender once again, which means that his character might not be able to handle a loss, especially with the insane amount of buildup over the last month or so.
PREDICTION: Randy Orton retains the WWE Championship with shenanigans from The Shield, but something crazy happens involving the interference coming from Orton's secret talks with The Shield on Raw. My money is on a member of The Shield turning face, most likely Roman Reigns, as he gets fed up with the Authority's lack of justice. Big Show loses, but loses dirty to keep him as a legit contender for the title.