Warning: The following contains spoilers from this week's SmackDown tapings
In the final days leading up to WWE's second-oldest pay-per-view, Survivor Series has made a rally.
With only three matches announced for the main show prior to the start of Raw, WWE now has six matches booked following the SmackDown tapings (h/t WrestlingInc.com), including one pre-show match.
WWE has also upped the ante for its main event, as it was announced that every member of Team Cena will be fired should the group lose at Survivor Series.
Now, fans who tune in to the free offering are pretty much guaranteed to witness an outcome that will change the landscape of WWE. WWE will hopefully have hooked an extra subscriber or two before everybody inevitably gets their jobs back.
Team Cena vs. Team Authority has been WWE's ace in the hole for weeks now. When looking at each team, one would think Team Authority—filled with upstarts not accustomed to the main event—were the ones rising against the establishment as they prepare to take on the seasoned Team Cena.
But the makeup of both teams does more for up-and-coming heels like Seth Rollins, Rusev and Luke Harper. They can be taken more seriously as hand-picked members of WWE's most powerful faction.
WWE will have to be careful how it books the fresh heels, especially Rusev, who still has yet to be pinned or submitted, so as not to demonstrate that they do not belong in a main event setting.
An unproven star can lose a match while still showing he or she is ready for prime time—just not within the opening minutes of an elimination tag team match.
Given how easy it is to bypass a firing storyline, Team Authority should still be favored to win. Cena being "fired" is just the creative writing team's way of telling fans to bare with it while it struggles through writer's block.
Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt seem to have struggled through their storyline in the shadow of what has been called the biggest main event in Survivor Series history.
Ambrose and Wyatt can salvage an otherwise tepid start to their feud with a show-stealing match. Ambrose's in-your-face brawling style may finally be a perfect fit for Wyatt, whose in-ring work hasn't lived up to his captivating persona just yet.
With Wyatt continuing to taunt Ambrose about family secrets and failed parenthood, he would be a logical choice to win in order to bolster his mental edge. Six matches for a three-hour pay-per-view should give these two plenty of time to produce a quality match.
Ambrose vs. Wyatt should threaten to be match of the night. In fact, I'd be surprised if it wasn't.