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WWE Survivor Series 2014: Superstars Who Will Exceed Expectations

Sharon GlencrossContributor INovember 21, 2014

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WWE’s Survivor Series event presents ample opportunity for the roster’s most underappreciated stars to surprise everyone and shine brightly.

Nikki Bella—whose WWE career until now has mostly been based on her looks and her sex appeal—may very well deliver a sterling performance when she faces AJ Lee for the Divas Championship at the show.

Bella will probably never be a great wrestler, but she has improved as an in-ring worker significantly in recent months.

She’s good enough for Lee to be able to carry her to a solid match. It helps that their feud so far has been pretty entertaining. The two have a fun chemistry, and their starkly different personalities contrast nicely.  

Bella winning the belt seems like a probable outcome—she’s been going from strength to strength as a heel character over the past few weeks, and giving her the title seems like the natural next step.

The 10-man elimination bout should also provide a great opportunity for marginalized wrestlers to stand out and deliver performances that can rejuvenate their stagnating careers.  

On Monday’s Raw, Erick Rowan became a surprise addition to John Cena’s team. Rowan has been a vastly underrated wrestler since he debuted on July 13. He may not have the charisma or look needed to ascend the card, but he’s a solid worker who frequently delivers on pay-per-view and television. There's no doubt he’ll churn out a strong performance in St. Louis.

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The prospect of an Erick Rowan-Luke Harper showdown during the bout is also appealing and adds an intriguing dimension beyond the corporate power struggle.

Harper will also get his shot to shine provided he is given enough in-ring time.

Survivor Series provides a chance for Dolph Ziggler to get his main event career back on track. Ziggler has been a crucial part of WWE storylines over the past month as Cena’s right-hand man and most trusted ally.

He could potentially affect the outcome of the bout—either by winning the match for his team or by turning on them and joining The Authority.

The latter may be ideal, as it would guarantee Ziggler a major spot in the company’s top heel stable and set the stage for a Cena vs. Ziggler match somewhere down the road.

It would also make a lot of sense in the storyline. Cena has been notably absent whenever Ziggler has gotten beat up by The Authority lately. It could just be inept writing, but it is possibly intentional. There’s the motive for a turn right there.

On paper, Survivor Series is shaping up to be a decent but rather unremarkable event. However, WWE bookers using it to get over Ziggler and, to a lesser extent, Bella and Rowan, would at least serve to make it a much more interesting and important show.

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