Yes, it looks like we're finally getting our (long-awaited?) unification match.
Unsurprisingly, since the show went off the air, feedback to this tease has been tepid, to say the least. Most don't appear to be thrilled with the prospect of Cena and Orton clashing in the near future.
It's easy to see why. It's hardly an original program, with the two having had too many matches on pay-per-view and television to count.
No doubt many loyal fans of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are disgruntled to see their guys sent back to midcard while Cena and Orton once again plastered all over the main event scene. It's like 2008 all over again.
Shortly after show ended, former WWE writer Andrew Goldstein may have spoken for thousands of people when he wrote on his twitter:
I didn't watch Survivor Series but wouldn't a title unification story be more compelling if it was Punk vs Bryan instead if Cena vs Orton?— Andrew Goldstein (@AngeGold) November 25, 2013
Another fan complained about what he saw as a boring ending :
Survivor Series had it's moments but the end result is same ol' same ol'. Cena and Orton. Stale rivalry.— Steven Wisecarver (@SWisecarver) November 25, 2013
The situation is regrettable since the company does have other options when looking for the next rival for Orton.
As mentioned, Bryan and Punk are both perfectly fine candidates. Bryan does have unfinished business with Orton after all, even if their feud wouldn't be anything that new.
Of course, if the company wanted them to be in top positions they would be. Vince McMahon has seemingly lost faith in the pair and decided they are better-suited to the upper-midcard and facing off against the Wyatt Family.
One guy WWE does have faith in is Shield member Roman Reigns, who was the recipient of a massive push in the 10-man bout at the start of the pay-per-view.
Make no mistake: Reigns came out of the event looking like an absolute star.
Could he be a potential WWE Championship challenger to Orton in the near future? Well, why not?
He has a ton of momentum right now and the company would be wise not to squander it. If he doesn't work out Vince can simply go back to Cena again. There's nothing to lose here.
Besides, you don't want the star to end up like Ryback and end up getting stale because the writers refuse to get fully behind him. Now would be the perfect time to turn Reigns babyface and have him go after Orton and The Authority.
There's another intriguing option. Mark Henry returned at the show, why not give him a shot?
Especially since he has genuine potential as a babyface. He's got a ton of screen presence and charisma, doesn't feel forced or overtly scripted—a common problem for WWE babyfaces—and is actually a very likable person. It's very easy to see the fans getting fully behind him if he faces off against Orton.
He could really go places, providing the booking crew give him the opportunity to do so. But will they?
Are you excited for the Orton/Cena program?
Let's hope Vince and his team of writers go back to the drawing board and come up with some bold, fresh ideas for the WWE title scene in the next couple of weeks. Because it is truly hard to the fans getting worked up about the prospect of a new Cena/Orton rivalry.