Can Wrestling Fans Save Survivor Series? Maybe
On February 11th, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced that they would be discontinuing the annual Survivor Series pay-per-view.
I don't think I even have to begin to describe how irate pro-wrestling purists like myself were at the realization that the second-longest running pay-per-view in wrestling history was no more.
Personally, I have many fond memories of the November classic. It was the first WWE pay-per-view that I attended live, in 1991, when I was seven years old. I cried like a baby when Hulk Hogan lost to The Undertaker.
It feels like WWE is totally betraying tradition. Now, I'm not always opposed to going against tradition. I'm a fairly progressive-minded person, and I understand that we must evolve and change with the times.
And I'm okay with that, in fact, many times, change is good—but not this time.
Survivor Series was second only to WrestleMania in longevity, and arguably third in line behind 'Mania and Royal Rumble in prestige.
Legends such as Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Randy Savage, Ted Dibiase, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The Undertaker, Randy Orton, and Ric Flair have taken on the role of "team captain" at Survivor Series.
At the very first Survivor Series in 1987, Hulk Hogan lost on a WWE pay-per-view for the first time. At the 1990 edition of the event, Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior teamed up for the first time at a major WWE show. The following year, The Undertaker became the second heel to win the WWE Championship on pay-per-view.
So how can we save it?
It doesn't seem like the people in charge of WWE have an Internet connection, because if they did, the Internet backlash over the discontinuing of Survivor Series would be enough to make them change their mind. But we must do more.
We must all boycott this year's November pay-per-view.
Of course, WWE will have no problem filling seats for the show. But we can control the pay-per-view buyrate, and this is key. No matter what, we have to refuse to purchase the event that replaces Survivor Series. (It may end up being another Bragging Rights pay-per-view, in which case, I say keep it around, just move it to another month!)
The other manner in which we may be able to reach upper management is to actually write them, physically. We need to flood their inboxes at WWE headquarters in Connecticut with letters of outrage over the cancellation of Survivor Series.
And when we do, we have to let them know that we are VERY interested in seeing a 2-3 hour pay-per-view chock full of classic 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination matches. And WWE has a roster deep enough to pull it off. (Five 4-on-4 matches would require 40 Superstars, very doable)
So that's my suggestion.
One person cannot do it alone, however, if we all band together and speak out, we can reach those in charge, and get what we want! And if this works, next year, I'll propose that we write WWE asking for a heel ending at WrestleMania 27!
Feel free to copy and repost this anywhere you wish. I am dedicated to putting forth the biggest effort possible to help Survivor Series survive!
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