Rest in Peace, Survivor Series
It's sad to see a loved one struggle.
You've seen the old guy standing in the corner of a night club. You've seen the old man on a basketball court in the park, fouling the younger kids because he simply cannot keep up. You've also seen the 67-year-old Iron Sheik working a match at an independent wrestling show in a small suburb, north of Boston.
None of those are pretty sights.
Well, if you grew up watching WWE during the 1980s then you have the exact same feeling whenever the Survivor Series comes around.
What used to be one of the biggest wrestling events of the year is now a shadow of its former self. What was once an event that you couldn't miss has now become just another pay-per-view.
The original concept of the Survivor Series was that superstars would team up to battle their foes together. It was the one time of the year where wrestling fans would see these dream teams being put together.
Growing up, it was a thrill to see four or five superstars conducting a backstage interview together. They would take turns on the microphone and cut their individual promos. That alone was enough to hype you up for the event.
When Survivor Series happened you got to see some dream scenarios taking place. You got to see Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage leading a team that featured the beloved Hillbilly Jim into battle. It wasn't enough to see the incredible pairing of the Ultimate Warrior and the Road Warriors. WWE even threw in Texas legend Kerry Von Erich on to the team as well.
Should the Survivor Series be put to rest?
Moments like that were what made the Survivor Series into a legendary pay-per-view.
Today's version of the pay-per-view doesn't bother to bring any of those elements to the table. The big selling point for this year's Survivor Series is the big storyline between Randy Orton, John Cena and Wade Barrett. WWE hasn't even bothered to announce a big tag team match, preferring to simply toss together random wrestlers into a team at the last minute.
If you see that old man at the club, walk over to him, put your hand gently on his shoulder and tell him it's time to end the embarrassment.
Do the same to Vince McMahon if you see him at the Survivor Series.
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