WWE Survivor Series 2011: Creating a Card Through Logic and Wishful Thinking
Do you smell it?
Yes, I'm not only talking about what The Rock is cookin'. But the fact that Survivor Series is soon approaching. In just a month's time, we will be seeing the best this company has to offer locking up in New York City.
In the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, the 2011 edition of WWE's Survivor Series is going down.
So through some logic and little wishful thinking, here is how I would book one of the industry's most storied events.
Traditional Survivor Series Match: Team HHH vs. Team Laurinaitis
Wishful Thinking: A match with The Rock, Triple H, and Undertaker? I'm sure anyone would sign up for that. This traditional Survivor Series match would feature Rocky, The Game, Taker, Cena, and Sheamus versus The Miz, R-Truth, Kevin Nash, Christian and David Otunga.
So obviously, it's Triple H's chosen squad against John Laurinaitis' chosen squad. The winner would take control of Raw and the loser must step away from his position. If Laurinaitis loses, he would back off of his interim GM status. If Trips loses, he must step away from the company, period.
Logic: Eight out of the 10 participants really need no explanation. We already know The Rock and Cena are teaming up, Miz and Truth along with Christian are opposed to Triple H, and Sheamus is in the middle of a solid push. In addition, we should be seeing Kevin Nash resurface into this storyline at some point.
The two I must explain are Undertaker and Otunga. So let's start by getting Otunga out of the way.
Sure he isn't a great in-ring worker and he certainly isn't big enough to be featured in the same breath as most of these other wrestlers. However, he is deeply involved in this angle already. He isn't exactly talented, but he isn't bad enough to just throw away.
As for the elephant in the room, Undertaker would make some sense here. Numerous reports have indicated that Vince McMahon was heavily invested in making this year's Survivor Series a monumental one.
Other reports have also revealed the company was looking into bringing back Taker or Stone Cold Steve Austin to join Triple H's team. Being that Taker is probably in better shape than Austin as of now, he would be the likelier choice.
WWE Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. CM Punk
Wishful Thinking: This match would seemingly help both guys out. For one, Alberto Del Rio needs some kind of a solid title run. As I have stated in earlier pieces, the WWE needs more variety in its major title scenes. Del Rio is certainly next in terms of top heel talent. He should defeat Cena at Vengeance and carry the strap into this pay-per-view.
CM Punk is regaining some legitimacy if this match is booked. He went from the hottest commodity in the business to a pawn in Triple H's power trip. Punk is a huge draw for the company and should be at the top of some upcoming cards.
Logic: A Del Rio-Punk feud makes sense and already has some build behind it.
World Heavyweight Championship: Mark Henry (c) vs. Big Show (Last Man Standing)
Wishful Thinking: Watching these two monsters in a Last Man Standing match would be quite a sight. Which giant will end up being the sleeping giant?
Plus, Show does deserve more time in a World Heavyweight Title feud.
Logic: This match, minus the Last Man Standing stipulation, is already booked for Vengeance. However, it wouldn't really seem logical if the feud ended there.
The angle was that Henry put Show out for a bit with an injury. So if Henry wins, which he will, should Show just take his ball and go home? No, that wouldn't be very believable. The feud should last into Survivor Series to make the story-line solid.
Adding the Last Man Standing rule gives the matchup a different twist. It's something we have yet to see out of these two together.
Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Randy Orton
Wishful Thinking: Cody Rhodes against Randy Orton would accomplish two necessary things. For one, it would really put Cody over.
Whether he wins or loses to Orton, just entering a feud with the company's second biggest draw is good enough. It establishes Rhodes as a top talent and would transition well into a future World Heavyweight Title angle.
Secondly, this matchup would bring some prestige back to the Intercontinental Title. I'm not trying to bow to Orton here, but again, his presence in this match adds some credibility to the strap as well as Rhodes.
Logic: This feud has already started. Since Orton and Rhodes have great in-ring chemistry, the angle should run for a while.
Divas Tag Team Match: Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs. Kelly Kelly & Eve
Wishful Thinking: I can't believe I'm saying this, but let's give the ladies a try. After all, if the Divas division has any hope of staying alive, they should have a match at one of the "big four" pay-per-views.
Logic: Kelly Kelly, Eve, Beth, and Natalya seem to be the only contenders in this division. So making this match is really a product of not wanting to see something we've already witnessed about 28 times. We can either see Beth vs. Kelly again, or these four in a tag match.
Kane vs. Wade Barrett
Wishful Thinking: Hey creative, Wade Barrett is still alive! Throwing him in a feud with Kane would help his build considerably. The only factor we have to wait on is the return of Kane.
Logic: There was a recent report that the WWE wanted Kane in some sort of scramble match at Survivor Series. This means he will be back by then, so that's taken care of.
In terms, of building up this feud...
Wade Barrett can cut a promo on SmackDown! complaining about the underutilization of his talent. He would then challenge anyone backstage to a match, to which Kane would come back. These two can go back and forth after Vengeance and into Survivor Series.
Is my idea of a disgruntled wrestler challenging the locker room old? Sure it is.
But it'll get the job done here.
Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara (Loser Leaves Town)
Wishful Thinking: I'm not booking this "loser leaves town" match because I want to see Sin Cara and Sin Cara wrestle. I'm booking it because I want this feud to finally end.
This impostor angle has never worked, the story-line to this is pretty fuzzy, and neither man can work a match without making at least two or three botches. Have you seen their match at Hell in the Cell? Arguably one of the worst matches in recent memory.
Logic: Like some other matches on my card, this already has build behind it. And since the pay-per-view is named Survivor Series, the winner will survive. The loser of this match must leave the WWE and allow the other Sin Cara to work under the gimmick.
WWE Tag Team Championships: Air Boom (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger
Wishful Thinking: The WWE needs to keep its Tag Team division above water. Booking a Tag Team Championship match with these four talents could be very promising.
Logic: It's something we've seen before, but again, it could be very promising. We can all sense that Ziggler and Swagger are in for the long run in the company. So you have to book them.
This matchup already has some build and would keep the tag titles relevant.
Notables Left off the Card
Daniel Bryan: He continues to be shunned week in and week out. The only positive sign ahead is his potential World Heavyweight Title match at 'Mania. So throwing him right into the WHC feud wouldn't be such as bad idea at this point. If they were going to build him up for it, that would have already begun. But for now, he's sitting this one out too.
Zack Ryder: Ryder is just providing some comic relief for now. Hopefully there's something bigger in his future.
Mason Ryan: Not yet.
Alex Riley: Not yet.
John Morrison: He could be out of the company by then.
I did this before and I'll do it again.
Let's get the greatest referee of our time, Justin King, in the main event of this pay-per-view. Call in, write some letters, and rally outside of WWE headquarters. King for the main event!
What Do You Think?
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If you even have a card of your own in mind, also feel free to list it below.
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