WWE Survivor Series 2013: How to Restore Glory to Historic Event in 2014
This year's Survivor Series event is a thing of the past.
Though it was a lackluster event given the fact that both main event title matches were less than impressive, the ending was well worth it.
A new, undisputed WWE champion will be crowned soon, and that is the best news in a decade. It has been long enough; it's time to have just one man of the hour.
Now, that being said, the Survivor Series pay-per-view as a whole has been very disappointing over the last few years. Even if it is one of the classic Big Four events of the year, there is little to show that it has lived up to its reputation in recent history.
Yes, CM Punk began his year-long reign at the 2011 edition, but what else was there besides that?
What happened to that show diehard fans anxiously awaited every November? What happened to the Thanksgiving Day tradition in WWE?
Remember readers, Survivor Series was the start of a legendary character's career all those years ago. Undertaker, anyone?
There are ways to spice this thing up, to make it one of those big ones again.
This is how we do it.
Keep the Tradition Alive
Classic, traditional, timeless...
Survivor Series was all about a team effort. As soon as the November issue of WWE Magazine came out in the '80s and '90s, the list of teams and their respective names were there. How cool was it when you saw wrestlers who had never previously appeared together suddenly paired up and set to fight others in the same position.
Just this one: Ultimate Warrior, the Rockers and Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart vs. Andre the Giant, Haku and the Brain Busters.
So much fun.
It was four-on-four or five-on-five, but there was a lot of action, and that's what this show was about: survival!
Over the years, WWE has lost track of that tradition and with it, the appeal of this entire show. Almost as if there was no point for it anymore.
The company almost scrapped it back in 2010, but it was the WWE Universe who spoke against such a foolish decision.
Now it's here to stay, but things need to go back to the drawing board a little. No more seven-on-seven throwaway matches! Have a tournament on Raw and SmackDown to win a place on a team or something of the sort. This gives enough people screen time and an awesome opportunity to participate in a pay-per-view match.
So, in a nutshell, you need teams of four, a team captain, a team name and more than one or two of these matches on the card.
It is, after all, Survivor Series.
Prepare WrestleMania Season Then and There
Oh No! Wrestler X just pinned the Intercontinental champion. What a shocker!
Boom—the next night on Raw, things begin.
WrestleMania is the biggest show of the season, and as of late, the entire card comes together, what, one week before the actual show?
Cameron would raise one finger with attitude and just say, "No!"
Things need to start right here in November. Yes, times have changed, and there is Raw, SmackDown, Main Event, etc. to consider. But doing things right without rushing is better for business in the long run.
If the seeds of a feud are planted at Survivor Series, writers would have enough time to think about building up an even better Royal Rumble and a spectacular WrestleMania card.
The Mega Powers began exploding at Survivor Series in 1988. It took a while, but what an awesome buildup after that. Same thing with that whole mess with Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Ric Flair, which led to the vacancy of the WWE Championship in 1991. Wasn't it around November as well that Stone Cold, The Rock and Chris Jericho waged war to determine the first undisputed champion back in 2001?
Funny how it always comes full circle.
Survivor Series is a classic, and it should always be treated as such.
Place the Elimination Chamber Match Here
The most ridiculous idea ever was to insert a pay-per-view in between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. OK, that, and the idea of having two World champions. But the point is, between those two classics, there should only be one thing happening: buildup!
Does anyone care for transitional WWE champions?
Now, the Elimination Chamber match is one of the most innovative creations in all of professional wrestling. Six Superstars trapped inside and only one comes out the victor...hmm. Sounds perfect for Survivor Series, doesn't it?
This is where you defend the title. Or at least, this is where the No. 1 contender is determined. Survival of the fittest. Every year it should be so.
Great team matches, a WWE Championship match and an Elimination Chamber match. The last two can happen at the same time, which is even better sometimes.
It is time to think outside the box. It is also time to insert the massive structure of steel in there and make some magic happen year after year.
If people complain about not seeing a certain performer on screen enough, well, there is enough room with all that to ensure everyone can be on the card...or almost.
Put the Show Back on Thanksgiving Eve
This is just for good measure, just for the fun of it.
Everyone is off the next day anyway, so why not all gather around and enjoy the show? It had been the case for a long time and bore the moniker "Thanksgiving Day tradition" because that's when it happened.
Has anyone really given a thought as to why WWE PPVs occur on a Sunday night? It must have a good, marketable reason, but this one feels special. It should keep its tradition and remain on that odd Wednesday night...just to make a long, boring week fly by, if nothing else.
Traditions aren't all that bad. Even if one isn't much of a conservative, there is still merit in keeping classics alive.
Whether or not the WWE decides to go ahead with ideas presented in theses slides, it is nice to imagine the possibilities.
Anyone can make this show a success. All you have to do it stick to the basics and remember just how this event came to be in the first place. The winter season is almost here. That's WWE high season on the calendar, so the next six months are crucial.
November is the month of the dead. It is boring, dull and grey outside. Keep the fans glued to their TV sets by making 'Mania season start a little earlier at Survivor Series.
Isn't that something wise to think about?