WWE Fantasy Booking: Survivor Series 2014
Sure, the Survivor Series is seven months away. Sure, you never know if WWE will honor the traditional Survivor Series match gimmick. Sure, most—if not all—of the current storylines will be resolved by November.
But it's called "Fantasy Booking" for a reason.
With so many great things going on in WWE right now, it would be a perfect time to set up several traditional Survivor Series matches: feuds and factions abound and the roster is full of future Hall of Famers and main eventers.
Aside from the Royal Rumble, a traditional Survivor Series match is my favorite annually recurring gimmick match that the WWE puts on. Money in the Bank and Elimination Chamber are starting to catch up, but that is due, in large part, to the WWE dropping the ball when it comes to the Survivor Series. So I'm here to tell them how they should do it when the event hits the Scottrade Center in St. Louis this November.
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Pre-Show (Part 1)
Rather than spending a ton of time on the pre-show showing video packages about the current feuds, I'd rather see more in-ring action, even if it isn't showcasing the company's top-tier talent. This first match, which can be seen by anyone—WWE Network or otherwise—during the first half-hour of the pre-show would be used to demonstrate how the traditional Survivor Series matches work for those who are new to the game.
Alberto Del Rio, Christian, JTG, Camacho and Darren Young
Great Khali, Zack Ryder, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel and Evan Bourne
Darren Young, not at all a natural heel, would abandon his team part-way through the match, refusing to partake in some of the less-than-ethical tactics. He could actually hit his finisher—I assume he has a finisher—on one of his teammates, leading to their elimination.
I'd have it come down to ADR vs. Kidd, Gabriel and Bourne. Let all three of the high-flyers get in some good spots, before ADR eliminates all three to be the sole survivor.
Pre-Show (Part 2)
This match would be reserved exclusively for the WWE Network subscribers, because it has a few big-name stars. They could even throw in a fun stipulation: whoever survives this match faces the WWE World Heavyweight Champion the next night on Raw. That would leave the potential match to be anything from a singles competition, to a fatal four-way, to some sort of six-way fiasco.
Bad News Barrett, Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, Fandango and Titus O'Neil
Cody Rhodes, Sheamus, The Miz, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston
I would have the match come down to Bad News Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes and Sheamus. I like Barrett just as much as the next guy, but just to keep things unpredictable, I'd give the win to Rhodes and the Celtic Warrior. A Triple Threat is booked for the following evening, in which the champion retains, and Rhodes turns heel to feud with Sheamus.
PPV Opener: Tag Team Combos
The actual PPV opener would feature three tag teams on each side. When one member of a tag team suffers a fall, both members are eliminated.
The Usos, Los Matadores, Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio
Rybaxel, 3MB, Mark Henry and Brodus Clay
I'm not sure what WWE has in store for Brodus after his current stint in NXT, but hopefully they will unleash the beast soon. Mark Henry hasn't had a lot to do lately, so putting them together as a tag team could be worth a shot. It's been a while since we had a team where both members were intimidatingly large and strong.
Pairing Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio for a while would really be a build up to a feud between the two, where Rey finally passes the luchador torch.
I'd have Los Matadores as the only team that survives, setting them up for a push that culminates with a WWE Tag Team Championship match at the December PPV.
The Heyman Family vs. The Wyatt Family
Over the next few months, Bray Wyatt grows the family. Shortly after Bo Dallas debuts, it is revealed that he and Wyatt are really brothers, and Dallas converts from being a "Boliever" to a follower of Wyattism. After several months of feuding, Cena also becomes a Wyatt Family member.
(I know what you're thinking: that would never happen. And you're probably right. But this is fantasy booking, and I'm ready for a dramatic change from the leader of the Cenation.)
Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Antonio Cesaro, The Big Show and Rob Van Dam
Bray Wyatt, John Cena, Bo Dallas, Luke Harper and Eric Rowan
As Bray continues to be something that closely resembles a cult leader, he becomes fascinated with Paul Heyman and what he did with ECW, his list of world champions, and the assistance he gave in the ending of the Undertaker's streak.
Paul does not take kindly and rounds up some of the most important Heyman guys—past and present. In my mind, this is Punk's return match. RVD, Show, Dallas, Harper and Rowan are eliminated somewhat early, leaving Lesnar, Punk and Cesaro against Wyatt and Cena. Lesnar does something stupid that gets him disqualified, but injures Cena in the process, making him easy-pickings for Antonio Cesaro. Wyatt manages to eliminate the King of Swing, and Punk eliminates Wyatt to become the sole survivor.
This, of course, would be the beginning of a feud between Bray Wyatt and CM Punk.
Total Divas vs. WWE Divas
With the WWE pumping some fresh blood into the Divas division, they may be able to put on a decent filler match at the Survivor Series. We will assume that someone in a position of authority—Stephanie or Vicki—will begin to have serious issues with the stars of Total Divas. They gather the rest of the roster to face off against the reality stars at the PPV.
Natalya, Bella Twins, Funkadactyls, Eva Marie and Summer Rae
AJ Lee, Paige, Emma, Tamina Snuka, Aksana, Alicia Fox and Layla
If you wanted to round it off to an even eight-on-eight, you could have Vicki teaming with one side—probably the Total Divas—and Stephanie teaming with the other. Vicki and Stephanie could have some issues, and maybe Vicki's job is on the line. Maybe if she wins, she gets complete control of the Divas division. It doesn't really matter.
AJ Lee and Paige are the survivors for their team, and they begin a feud based on mutual respect. Or maybe just rekindling a feud—I assume they would have already had one by this time—and leave the respect out of it.
NXT Up and Comers vs. NXT Alumni
As the new era continues to expand, several disgruntled NXT superstars demand a chance to be on the WWE's main roster. This match is granted by JBL with the following stipulation: any NXT superstar(s) that survive get to graduate to the main roster. Their opponents: a recent batch of NXT alumni.
Adrian Neville, The Ascension, Sami Zayn and Corey Graves
Big E, Alexander Rusev, Adam Rose, Xavier Woods and William Regal
Now, I know what you're thinking: William Regal isn't an NXT alumnus, but I used all of the other NXT alumni in other matches. When the five NXT superstars make it known on Raw or SmackDown that they will be challenging the NXT alumni, E, Rusev, Rose and Woods realize they are running out of options. Regal inserts himself, being a regular part of the NXT brand.
After Neville and Zayn get in some highlight-reel worthy spots, it comes down to The Ascension against Big E and Rusev. As impressive as The Ascension are, they can't match-up with the graduates. Big E and Rusev survive.
Main Event: Living Legends vs. Reality Era
With the beginning of WrestleMania season just around the corner at Royal Rumble, Triple H gets one last chance to shut down the Reality Era. No special stipulations, just bragging rights.
Can five future Hall of Famers prove that the golden era of wrestling will always be superior to any new incarnations?
I'll admit it: I'm a Ziggler mark. I think he outperforms 90 percent of the WWE roster in terms of in-ring ability, and he has charisma that reminds you of such legends as Mr. Perfect and Rick Rude. I've attended the last eight WrestleMania events, and the insanity that ensued after Ziggler cashed in his MITB on Monday Night Raw was second only to Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30.
The Bryan-led crew finishes in a dominating fashion, confirming that the "Reality Era" has officially taken over. After a few highlight-worthy spots, Ziggler hits Kane with the Zig Zag. He fails to realize, however, that Kane made a blind tag to Randy Orton. The Showoff turns around and eats an RKO. Orton tags out and Batista steps in, delivers the Batista Bomb, and Ziggler is eliminated.
Over the next fifteen minutes or so, the Reality Era team gains the advantage once again, with Roman Reigns getting pinfalls on Kane, Batista and Orton. It's down to Triple H and The Rock against Daniel Bryan and The Shield.
Just to keep everyone on their toes, the next elimination occurs when Reigns suffers a Pedigree and a Rock Bottom. But he is the last member of the Reality Era team to be eliminated. Bryan, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins walk away as the one team with the most survivors of the night, showing the world that their era now rules the WWE Universe.
What are your thoughts? Can you come up with better traditional Survivor Series matches? Do you think WWE should do away with these types of matches?
Seven months from now, where do you think some of these factions will be? Will The Shield still be together? Will the Wyatt Family have added any new members? Will Evolution still be standing together? Will there be any new Paul Heyman guys?
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