The 2013 edition of WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view was met with plenty of criticism, but Sunday's show helped several stars prove their worth to the company by giving them a platform to shine.
Each of the following wrestlers won on Sunday, but it was the impression that each made in the ring with their performance that will really help catapult each to the next level.
Roman Reigns Is a Beast
The Shield has been one of the most dominant trios in wrestling history, but every good idea must come to an end eventually. As seen by Roman Reigns’ performance at the PPV, he has all the talent and potential to be a major star in the WWE when he leaves the group.
Reigns four pinfall victories after four perfectly executed spears in the five-on-five elimination match tied the record for the most all time and made him look like the strongest man in the building. Add in the fact that the last spear came on former world champion Rey Mysterio, and the WWE Universe now sees Reigns as a legitimate monster.
The lack of hype around this card allowed more focus to be placed on this traditional Survivor Series match, and the choice to book Reigns as the sole survivor was perfectly executed.
As much as fans will complain that Sunday’ victory all but seals the eventual disbandment of The Shield, keeping Reigns and his ability to get over as a face in the trio for any longer would be the biggest injustice.
Mark Henry Re-Opens the Hall of Pain
The comparisons to Rick Ross were hilarious, but Mark Henry’s return at Survivor Series to beat down Ryback was nothing to laugh out. The World’s Strongest Man has re-opened the Hall of Pain.
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Beating a heel like Ryback in dominant fashion made Henry look incredibly strong.
The key to Henry’s success thus far and moving forward as a top face has been his willingness and ability to keep the same heel gimmick of being a giant monster, but using that raw strength and power to fight bad guys.
Henry has not become a generic face, but instead, has used the same aggression that made fans love him to become one of the top good guys in the company. This is exactly what many members of the WWE Universe want to happen with Cena’s face character.
Big E Langston Shows Some Personality
Curtis Axel was a solid transitional intercontinental champion, but after a huge title win on Raw and an even bigger defense at Survivor Series, Big E Langston has proven to be one of the brightest stars in the company.
Many wrestling fans look at Big E’s physique and discount his ability in the ring, but the former NXT world champion is gifted. As seen in a surprisingly good match with Axel, Langston has the ability to tell a good story through his actions.
The win was huge, but the promo he cut after the match showcased the personality that he possesses. WWE must allow him to speak more often and show his true charisma.
With casual fans exposed to his mic work and in-ring prowess, the sky is the limit for the talented IC champion. Let’s hope the WWE books a proper storyline and doesn’t treat Big E the same way it has the recent run of secondary title holders.
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