WWE Bragging Rights Aftermath: 10 Things We Want To See at Survivor Series
Bragging Rights is in the books for another year, and for the second consecutive year, Team Smackdown won the brand-vs.-brand tag match.
We also saw Kane bury his older brother for the second time (with some well-timed help from an unexpected source) and Randy Orton retain the WWE Title.
The road to Survivor Series begins Monday night when Raw comes to us live from Green Bay, Wisc. But what can we expect to see between now and Nov. 21 in Miami?
It may be hard to predict what we will actually see, so let's take a look at 10 things we might want to see at, or on the way to, Survivor Series 2010.
10. Continue The Feud Between Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan
The vast majority of the IWC is a huge mark for Daniel Bryan, and the rest of the WWE Universe is following suit.
Meanwhile, Dolph Ziggler is using the Instant Heat Magnet, Vickie Guerrero, to push himself to the upper echelon of heels in WWE.
With both men headed in promising directions, WWE needs to continue the feud between Ziggler and Bryan.
If Vince McMahon plans to move ahead with the unification of all titles, the feud between these two men could be built for the remainder of 2010, culminating in a Unification Bout at Royal Rumble.
9. End The Michael Cole "Push"
The bewildered look on Michael Cole's face in the included picture is indicative of the feeling I get when I wonder why Cole is involved in the flagship WWE program outside of his play-by-play duties.
It's tough to find anyone who gets the kind of heat Cole gets when he calls for the audience's attention upon receiving an e-mail from the anonymous Raw GM.
Maybe WWE creative should focus on the stars they're underutilizing (CM Punk and Drew McIntyre, among others) instead of creating a place for a member of the Raw announce team.
And, for the sake of our sanity, please wrap this GM storyline. It's run its course, and then some.
8. Get Natalya Out Of The Divas Title Picture
It's always good to see a fresh face involved in a title picture, no matter what title it is. WWE just has to make sure the fresh face is ready for the push.
LayCool has serious heat and works great as a heel team. But Natalya just doesn't mesh well in a program with them.
It's time for a change. LayCool needs opposition from a Diva who is established in the eyes of the WWE Universe.
While the list of established face Divas is a short one, we may need to see another LayCool-Melina feud before the likes of Natalya and Eve Torres are ready for a long program with the reigning queens of the Divas division.
7. Weed Out The Weak Parts Of The Nexus
Darren Young and Michael Tarver are thankfully gone. Now it's time to get rid of the rest of the dead weight bogging down The Nexus.
Namely, Heath Slater and David Otunga need to go. Otunga is unlikely to leave soon with his win at Bragging Rights, but the Freebird Rule could be put into play to make sure Slater and Otunga see the door soon.
The Nexus would be quite a large faction with Otunga, Slater, Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris, and John Cena. A group of five—four when Cena inevitably splits from the group—follows WWE's long-standing faction size, mirrored by the likes of Evolution and the D-X of the mid- to late-1990s.
More importantly, Slater and Otunga are adding little, if anything, to the group. It's time to send Slater and Otunga packing in favor of McGillicutty and Harris.
6. Push Alberto Del Rio
Plenty of current WWE superstars are garnering comparisons to past stars: The Miz to Chris Jericho, Sheamus to Batista, Evan Bourne to Rey Mysterio, and Drew McIntyre to Triple H, to name a few.
Well, here's another: Alberto Del Rio can be compared to JBL.
I'm not the first to say it, but that doesn't make it any less true. JBL was a wildly successful heel, and the same could eventually be said for the Alberto Del Rio character.
WWE must capitalize on this opportunity, though.
Having Del Rio debut by taking out the immensely popular Rey Mysterio was a great way to get Del Rio some serious heat. The heel push must continue, however. Del Rio could easily fall the way of Jack Swagger and MVP if his push isn't handled correctly.
5. Make The Traditional Survivor Series Matches Mean Something
Over the past few years, the traditional five-on-five Survivor Series elimination matches have been relegated to the middle of the event's card.
This year, WWE creative should make the matches mean a little more.
We could see one big five-on-five match from each brand. Raw's version could see a team captained by CM Punk take on a team captained by John Morrison. SmackDown could counter with teams captained by Alberto Del Rio and Kofi Kingston.
Maybe the popularity of the traditional Survivor Series match has waned. If WWE creative handles it correctly, the match could once again be a high point of the November classic.
4. Could We Get a Clean Finish To a Title Match?
Things reached a point of absolute absurdity when The Nexus interfered in both title matches at Bragging Rights.
I'm starting to wonder whether or not I'm going to have Wade Barrett and company run in on my next doctor's appointment or vision exam.
WWE needs to find another way to avoid making their superstars look weak. It's ridiculous to think that a main-event superstar can't lose without outside interference to begin with, but when a faction is getting involved in multiple major storylines, it's time to cut back on the run-ins.
Does anyone really want to see a Buried Alive Match end with The Nexus running in to help bury The Undertaker? Who isn't sick of seeing every WWE title match end with The Nexus getting involved in some capacity or another?
3. The Miz Cashes In Money In The Bank
We received a little taste of The Miz running in to cash in his Money in the Bank contract back in July, but now it's time we see the real thing.
For all the criticisms I levy upon WWE creative, they have done a relatively good job keeping the MITB storylines fresh. I trust they will do the same thing for The Miz, the future of the WWE.
The Miz has been involved in enough since his MITB win that some of the WWE Universe may have the briefcase in the back of their minds.
Sunday night, Nov. 21, would be the perfect time to remind everyone that The Miz is Mr. Money in the Bank.
2. The Return Of The Undertaker
When Survivor Series rolls around Nov. 21, it will be nearly 20 years to the day that The Undertaker debuted as the mystery partner on The Million Dollar Team at Survivor Series 1990.
What better time for The Deadman to make his final return?
The Undertaker was inexplicably written off WWE programming once again at Bragging Rights, continuing his winless streak in Buried Alive matches with a loss to his brother, Kane.
With Kane fresh off retaining his World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series, the familiar bell could toll to signify the return of The Deadman, ready to do away with his younger brother for good.
The Brothers of Destruction have gone through just about every gimmick match inspired by or created by The Undertaker's character. With an Inferno Match unlikely due to WWE's PG rating, the final Undertaker-Kane feud has one logical culmination point.
A Casket Match.
1. John Cena Finally Turns Heel
Many moons ago, the ever-popular John Cena was a heel who carried plenty of heat wherever he went.
That may seem to be ancient history to some, but we may be in for a refresher course sooner than we think. And Survivor Series seems the perfect platform to launch the newly minted heel John Cena.
We received quite the heel tease from Cena at Bragging Rights, as Cena entered into a heated confrontation with WWE Champion Randy Orton.
Orton and Cena clashed last week on Raw as well, threatening one another should their paths have crossed in Sunday night's WWE title match.
With WWE building the story of the locker room losing trust for Cena with his me-first actions in dealing with The Nexus, the foundation is being laid for the heel turn that may set Cena up for a colossal clash with The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVII.
We've been pining for it for months. Now is the time we finally see the return of a heel John Cena.