Despite an atrocious lack of storyline progression or development, Sunday night is the 2013 edition of WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view. Regarded as one of the biggest events for the company, this year’s build has been lackluster at best.
The WWE Championship scene has been based on the battle between Triple H and Big Show, but it will be Randy Orton defending the title Sunday. While Orton has thrived in his heel role, the storyline around him has been booked poorly.
There is no question that the match between the Wyatt Family and the team of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan will be exciting, but both of those stars would have filled the role of the Big Show in the main event with far more impact.
John Cena will likely relegate Alberto Del Rio away from the World Heavyweight Championship scene, so it won’t all be bad at Survivor Series. Here is all the vital viewing information, a full breakdown of the card and all the predictions you’ll ever need.
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
When: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WWE.com
|Full 2013 Survivor Series Card and Predictions|
|Match||Stipulation or Title||Predicted Winner|
|Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz||Pre-Show Match||The Miz|
|Curtis Axel vs. Big E Langston||Intercontinental Championship||Big E Langston|
|Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio and The Usos vs. The Shield and The Real Americans||Survivor Series Elimination Match||Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Rey Mysterio and The Usos|
|AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Summer Rae, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Aksana and Alicia Fox vs. JoJo Offerman, Eva Marie, Natalya, The Funkadactlys and The Bellas||Survivor Series Elimination Match||JoJo Offerman, Eva Marie, Natalya, The Funkadactlys and The Bellas|
|CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan||Tag Team Match||Luke Harper and Erick Rowan|
|John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio||World Heavyweight Championship||John Cena|
|Randy Orton vs. Big Show||WWE Championship||Randy Orton|
Main Event Preview and Prediction
The main event may have been booked as the WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Big Show, but that is not worthy of the billing. The real main event of the 2013 Survivor Series card is the tag team match pitting CM Punk and Daniel Bryan against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of the Wyatt Family.
Punk and Bryan are two of the most successful WWE Champions of the last five years in terms of popularity, and putting them together in a tag team is a smart wrestling fan's dream come true. These are two of the greatest indy wrestlers of all time getting a chance to work together on the biggest stage in the industry.
As great as the face team is, the heel duo of Harper and Rowan is just as intriguing.
Rowan has proven to be a brute force that uses raw power to assert his dominance. As great as his time in WWE has been, it is Harper that has proven to be the more talented in-ring worker. As another indy star, Harper has managed to carry his attitude and charisma over to WWE, and his skills in the ring are elite considering his size.
The ultimate X-factor in this match is Bray Wyatt, though.
The leader of the trio has been forgotten in the build to this battle and that likely indicates he will play a role in the match outcome. With WWE possibly teasing a feud between Punk and Bray after Survivor Series, the end of this match could be just as interesting as the actual bout itself.
Instead of allowing Wyatt to cause a meaningless distraction while his brothers get the pin, Bray must make a decisive move against Punk that will draw his ire. Whether it’s a low blow behind the ref’s back or interference outside the ring, expect Wyatt to attack Punk and cost the face team the victory.
Predicted Winners: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Predicting the Rest of Survivor Series
In the WWE Championship match, Randy Orton will defeat Big Show and prove to Triple H and the Authority that he deserves to be the face of WWE moving forward. As certain as this outcome looks right now, this would be the perfect time to give Big Show the victory and force Triple H to come out of retirement to become the face of the company again. This match has swerve written all over it.
John Cena will overcome the odds and win via the one-armed attitude adjustment after having his injured elbow worked over against Alberto Del Rio. Not only will Cena retain the World Heavyweight Championship, but he will also do the WWE Universe a favor and relegate Del Rio from the title scene.
In a traditional Survivor Series match that will restore faith in WWE and it's knowledge of how to book these kinds of bouts, the face team of Cody Rhodes, Goldust, The Usos and Rey Mysterio will beat the heel team of The Shield and The Real Americans. If Mysterio is healthy enough to stick around after the PPV, he will likely be the star that stands tall as the sole survivor.
After beating Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental championship on Monday’s Raw, Big E Langston will defend the title in a rematch scheduled for Sunday’s PPV. Unless there is a major storyline turn coming, Big E should retain easily.
The Total Divas Survivor Series team will beat AJ Lee and her team in what could be the most forgettable traditional five-on-five tag team elimination match in wrestling history.
With The Miz just turning heel and WWE not wanting to kill what little momentum he has built, Kofi Kingston will take another hard-fought loss on the pre-show.
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