WWE Survivor Series 2013 Results: Biggest Highlights and Low Points from Event
The results of the 2013 WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view are in, so it's time for us to look back on the evening and break down the highlights and the low points that made the event what it was.
Every WWE event has its ups and downs and Survivor Series was no exception to that rule.
Thankfully, for every bad thing that was on this card, it seemed like there were some good things to help balance it out and keep it from becoming a mess like some other events that happened this year.
Let's put Survivor Series under the microscope and take a look at which things fell flat and what ended up rising to the challenge.
Highlight: Kofi Kingston Possibly Turning Heel on The Miz
Normally, the kickoff of the night doesn't matter all that much. Once in a while, there is a title change, but more often than not, it's simply a filler bout to get people on the card.
However, WWE followed up The Miz's heel turn with something more interesting than if he simply defeated Kofi Kingston.
The Miz started the match asking Kingston for a handshake, which was reluctantly reciprocated.
The match was pretty even throughout and it ended with The Miz merely reversing Kingston's pin attempt, which would not be expected for a fresh heel.
With no interference or cheating, The Miz followed it with another handshake attempt—something heels don't normally do.
Then, in a shocking move, Kingston slapped The Miz, refusing to shake his hand.
Could WWE be turning Kofi Kingston heel instead of The Miz?
Something as simple as this made the kickoff actually matter and gave some story to what was originally a weak setup.
Low Point: Cody Rhodes and Zeb Colter Twerking
Many people will disagree and say that they loved this, but from my perspective, jokes like this just fall flat and come off dumb and desperate instead of funny.
Is this going to be something that shows that WWE is topical and following pop culture trends, so everyone should watch it?
Or, rather, is this going to look stupid and out of place for essentially no benefit other than making a few people with that sense of humor laugh?
Sports entertainment is always fighting against a stigma of being ridiculous and silly to the outsiders that aren't already dedicated fans.
If you were watching this event with your friends who are in that mindset, you probably felt embarrassed about this starting off the pay-per-view and had to defend why you're a fan.
WWE is usually hit-or-miss with humor, and watching Zeb Colter and Cody Rhodes twerk was definitely a miss in my book.
Highlight: Roman Reigns Is Sole Survivor
After what happened in this match, Roman Reigns looks like more of a star than ever.
It was easy to predict that he would be a focal point, but it was still up in the air as to just how strong he would come off.
With his back against the wall, Reigns stood out as a true beast by being responsible for four out of the five eliminations to win the match for his team.
If you didn't believe that Reigns had a bright future ahead of him before, chances are you do now.
It's always fun to watch Reigns spear people with authority—no pun intended—and in this match, we were treated to several hard-hitting ones that were all worthy of a nice pop.
It is a shame that making Reigns look so good had to come at the expense of his teammates, but in the grand scheme of things, this is for the better.
If you're questioning this, just ask yourself which aspect you'll remember more in a few months: Reigns destroying the competition, or that Dean Ambrose and the others didn't?
Highlight: Total Divas Weren't a Total Train Wreck
It's rare that a Divas match doesn't automatically become a low point.
In fact, it happens so regularly that most people write it off as a default guarantee.
Going into Survivor Series with incredibly low expectations for this match certainly helps it out and it actually could justify it as being a highlight, instead.
This easily could have been a complete mess with botches happening left and right and the rookies like Eva Marie and Jojo stinking up the join, but it actually wasn't all that bad.
Things were kept tight and short, with most women only having a few moves to worry about that they were more than capable of pulling off.
The energy didn't drop because of how the pace never truly slowed down, so there wasn't a stretch of time where you could get bored and start picking things apart.
Total Divas gets a nice rub with this match along with Natalya for her victory, and nearly all of the Divas were able to showcase their personalities.
With something like this, where there didn't seem like there was a way to avoid catastrophe, that's a huge win.
Low Point: Ryback Continues to Look Weak
Ryback's notorious record for having bad luck at pay-per-views continued tonight.
After not being booked on the card beforehand, Ryback inserted himself into the evening's festivities by issuing an open challenge to anyone in the locker room.
This challenge was answered by a returning Mark Henry, who made relatively quick work of the big man.
One year ago, Ryback was the hottest thing going in WWE and had the fans begging for more, literally.
Now, after a year of losses and being made to look like a fool, Ryback is desperately in need of gaining some credibility that is continually escaping him.
Losing to Henry isn't exactly the same as jobbing out to someone like Yoshi Tatsu, but it certainly doesn't help his career.
Highlight: Mark Henry Returns to Defeat Ryback
One man's trash is another man's treasure, and as much as this was a bad segment for Ryback, it was a good one for Mark Henry.
Coming back from injury is always a positive, and showing up to win a match on a pay-per-view makes it that much better.
The fans of Ryback will be disappointed that he lost, but fans of Henry will be even more excited to see him return.
It isn't the biggest highlight of the night, but it's noteworthy to mention as it may have a big effect on the schedule leading up to the Royal Rumble.
Low Point: John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
John Cena catches a lot of flack from the fans about all of his matches being the same, but Alberto Del Rio is just as much to blame about this as Cena.
These two were on autopilot for the entire match. Absolutely nothing of importance happened in it whatsoever.
This is a prime example of resting on your laurels.
WWE feels comfortable with Del Rio in a main event spot even if he isn't exactly making waves and it's obvious that Cena is a reliable draw no matter who he is facing, so no extra effort was put into this.
As such, the match was exactly what you would expect from it and nothing more.
Multiple attempts at the Attitude Adjustment were met with Del Rio falling backward out of it.
Cena powered out of the cross armbreaker, per usual.
Del Rio was able to reach the ropes while Cena had the STF on.
It is as if there's an outline of stereotypical things that happen in every match that these two have with each other, and the mentality going into this was just to check them off and go home.
Low Point: CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
This feud began with a lackluster setup and this continued tonight, as this match was nothing more than what we normally see on Monday Night Raw.
Random tag team matches with two people that have no association with each other except for having both been attacked by the same people should not be a focal point for one of the biggest events of the year.
At the very least, if that's the plan, WWE should have added something unique and special to the match.
Several years ago at Survivor Series 2011, a normal tag team match with a similar story took place, but the difference was that it featured The Rock's in-ring return after years of absence.
This match had nothing special about it beforehand, during or even after.
No new members of the Wyatt Family made a debut. Nobody turned heel or babyface. There were no injuries with someone being written off to take a break or any new feuds started.
In fact, this ended the same way most of these matches end every Monday night, with a heel teasing a confrontation and then backing out like a coward.
As if it wasn't bland enough to see this happen time and time again on TV, it's made that much worse when it happens on a pay-per-view.
Highlight: Teasing a Title Unification at Wrestlemania XXX
Randy Orton's victory over Big Show was less than emphatic, but people are going to be talking about the image that ended the night for months to come.
John Cena coming out to seemingly boast that he is the true face of the company instead of Orton is going to ramp up the speculation.
Will we indeed get a title unification in a few months at WrestleMania XXX between these two men?
Even if we don't, it's something that will stir a lot of feelings and make fans excited to tune in tomorrow night.
Without that, this would have ended on a low note, but this helps make up for it.
What were your favorite parts of the night? Which things made you want to stop watching entirely?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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