WWE Survivor Series 2011: Will WWE Restart Their Streak of Great PPV Events?
Wrestling fans always strive for the best. We believe that our favorite company is the best in the world.
The top superstar in our eyes is above everyone else. Most importantly, we swear that we know exactly what will happen in matches. Even if we are right some of the time, we are closed-minded wrestling fans.
Wrestling promotions pay guys to show us who is the new top guy and why he is going to win. Last time that we checked, those writers get paid from the company and the naive wrestling fan not only doesn't get paid, but contributes to paying the writer by supplying income.
The long and the short of it is that WWE knows what they are doing. They have done this profession for many years now. There are some mistakes made over time, but there have been so many decisions made by the company and accepted by the fans.
A superstar is won over by the crowd, but it is the behind-the-scenes aspect which produce so many ideas. The company doesn't take fan opinion into account but rather will tell fans what they should be liking. Fans don't have to like the stranglehold and can stop supporting the company entirely, but many refuse to truly leave.
Even still, while we all serve out this lifelong fascination with WWE, it would be nice to see some consistent action being served at a high-quality. The old product used to supply just the "big four" pay-per-view events: WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. Every event was well-booked with feuds that took time to develop. As time wore on, In Your House events were added to consistently put lower-tiered plans on bigger scales. Now, WWE can turn around every 3-5 weeks with yet another pay-per-view and not a lot of good build.
The only thing that WWE can really do to keep pay-per-views compelling and fun for all fans is to have the matches themselves turn out better than the expectations were. Forget about the build or the storyline going into the match. If the match itself is better than what fans could have hoped for, that match will be remembered. Not every bout can match the hype surrounding it before it happens, so the focus on the entertainment within the match and not purely on the storyline is something we have seen as a focus of recent months.
Sure, we thought the Christian/Randy Orton match from Over the Limit was a Match of the Year candidate, as well as ranking John Cena vs. CM Punk from Money in the Bank as one of the best matches in many years, but how much of the rest of the card can you name off the top of your head? The key needs to center around having both quality and quantity: having great matches throughout the night and never truly dipping down in quality from match to match.
Vengeance 2011 truly embodied that idea. There were eight matches, all which were announced before the event took place, and all eight delivered. From the often-scrutinized Divas Championship matches to pointless tag team matches with little to do with anything, none of those stereotypical gripes could be attached to this pay-per-view. It was a full card with every match lasting at least 6 minutes and the main event getting nearly a half hour in a broken ring.
Not only were all eight matches as good, if not better, than anticipated, but many of them tied into one another. Both of Ziggler's matches were related. The Miz and R-Truth appeared in the main event after having their own match earlier. Sheamus and Orton's victories both had some meaning to the World Heavyweight Championship match. The condition of the ring following Mark Henry and Big Show's no-contest had an impact in the WWE Championship match. Every match seemed to impact the matches that followed it.
Let's see if this is the start of something great for WWE. Now that they are preparing for their own network, which takes more marketing than the standard "buy this pay-per-view" marketing, WWE needs to step their game up. The company is also re-evaluating where they are spending their money, but seem to also care about where they are spending their time and energy. MMA has branched out exponentially and, not that the two are true competition to one another, WWE doesn't wish to be yet another company losing their share of the pie to UFC.
Survivor Series has a whole bunch of hype attached to it for tomorrow night. Not only is it a big event with big stars on it, but there is a reputation attached to events at Madison Square Garden. Don't sleep on this match, but don't make it out to be the best event of all-time either. The rumors swirling in the past few weeks hurt the event in that latter aspect, making this event seem like it would be incredible and the ultimate pay-per-view.
Basically, sit back and watch Survivor Series tomorrow night. Relax and pay attention to each match. It may not be the absolute best matches you have ever seen, but there is enough hope to believe that it will restart the streak of solid and quality pay-per-views from WWE.
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