WWE Survivor Series 2013 Results: Analyzing Most Pivotal Moments from PPV

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2013

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Well, that was disappointing.

As one of WWE's flagship pay-per-views, Survivor Series should be booked as such. However, this year's event left many fans feeling underwhelmed, and it's not hard to see why.

Between the predictable results and odd finishes, there are few reasons to tune into Raw on Monday night if you watched Survivor Series.

Don't get me wrong. There were some good things that offered encouraging signs. Younger guys were booked strong and looked headed for a push. The opener was good, as was The Wyatt Family vs. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

For the most part, though, the bad outweighed the good, and that main event was well below what you'd expect from such an important PPV.

With quite a bit happening, it's only appropriate to break down three of the biggest moments from the show.


A Star Is Born: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year. When he was in NXT and debuting at last year's Survivor Series, you could see that he had the look necessary to become a star.

At the time, though, he looked like he had the lowest potential between the three guys in The Shield. A good physique can only get you so far if you're below average in the ring. Just ask Ryback.

Only Reigns has become tremendous in the ring, at least relative to his strength and skill set. He has more than held his own against Daniel Bryan during some of those great tag matches on Raw.

You can see exactly why WWE is so high on this guy.

With the way he was booked on Survivor Series, you know the major push is coming, and Reigns is more than ready to carry the ball.


Mark Henry Is Back

Mark Henry is seriously amazing. He doesn't get anywhere near the credit he deserves. Raw is so much better when he's in the fold.

That win over Ryback was nothing to write home about. The prospect of seeing those two in the ring was always much better than the actual product. It's just never worked out.

Now, the question is whom Henry will feud with next.

Since he came out to battle Ryback, he must be a face again. That leaves a possible stopgap feud with Randy Orton for the WWE title until it's John Cena's time to step in. How this gets started is anybody's guess, but it makes sense for the time being if that's the long-term goal.

The only bad part is that it leaves little room for Henry to shine. He deserves a prolonged WWE title run. Unfortunately, he's never going to get it.

At least he's back.


John Cena vs. Randy Orton for the 4,538,459th Time

The moment Cena came to the ring after Randy Orton's win was like the time Michael Scott walked back to the annex and found that Toby Flenderson had returned.

Seriously, how many times have fans seen Cena vs. Orton? With any luck, we'll get that Sheamus-Alberto Del Rio feud to go along with it. Nothing like trying new things and elevating new wrestlers, right?

If this leads to a unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight titles, then that's a good thing. There's no point in having the world title if it's being treated like garbage. Just have one main title.

But the buildup to get to that unification is going to be interminable.

Orton has been great since turning heel and winning the title. And Cena beating Del Rio at Hell in a Cell made sense, as it helped to bring some prestige back to the World Heavyweight Championship.

Putting them together for a major feud is just lazy and unoriginal.

Plus, is anybody going to buy that Cena won't end up with the WWE title? It's like one of those choose-your-own adventure books, only every ending is Cena winning via the Attitude Adjustment or STF.

There's almost no way WWE can frame this to where it's believed Cena won't come out on top. It's like Hulk Hogan taking on the big heel at the main event of WrestleMania.

Also, where does Daniel Bryan end up in all of this after continually getting screwed over. Does he get any closure, or is he just an afterthought now?

So many questions were created by that main event, and none of the answers looks promising.