Saturday, November 19, 2011

WWE PPV Preview: Survivor Series

WWE's "Fall Classic" returns once again as it is the 25th anniversary of the Survivor Series. Being one of the most renowned and prestigious pay per views in WWE history, we have see the likes of Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, to name a few, who have made history at this event, respectively.

However, as of the past several years, Survivor Series has truly been a mere shadow of what it had once been. Being one of the most disappointing events in recent years, WWE has formed the team of Rock and John Cena in order to provide a special attraction in the historic, Madison Square Garden. The show this year has been booked decently at best, and while it is a strong enough card on paper, there are many factors that will play a key role in making this show a success. I have once again gone down the list of matches that are advertised and given my predictions simply based on my insight of the product. Without further ado, this is my Survivor Series preview and I hope you enjoy and leave your comments of your predictions below! Also be sure to check out Walter Yeates' Women's of Wrestling Series as well as the newest exclusive interview with, Eddie Edwards.

Never Before, Never Again: The Rock & John Cena vs The Miz & R-Truth

Before this past Monday night on Raw, I could honestly care less about the in ring return of the legendary, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. However, the segment that really changed it for me was Mick Foley's, "This is Your Life Part II," featuring John Cena. Don't get me wrong, every single aspect of the show was awful to an extraordinary degree, but it once again hinted the heel turn of John Cena. It just....made sense in a way previous foreshadowing did not. With The Rock being the most popular asset in WWE, they can afford to do a short term John Cena heel turn until WrestleMania. The fans don't appreciate Cena despite all of his hard work, while Rock gets all the credit and love for five appearances in seven years. How can John Cena be happy with that? It just is too obvious not to go with this as Cena will get the ultimate heel response anyways at WrestleMania. Anyways, I so see Miz and Truth getting the surprise victory here by via heel turn or  lack of communication between Rock and Cena. I expect an entertaining bout, but not really a stroyline I'm invested in. Does anyone remember just how good Miz and Truth are....or who they are?

Predicted Winners: The Miz & R-Truth

World Heavyweight Championship: Mark Henry (c) vs Big Show

Think of it like this. Big Show and Mark Henry right now are more interesting than The Rock, John Cena, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz, and R-Truth. Really. Mark Henry has been one of the best performers of 2011 and Big Show has played his part almost to perfection, despite some unnecessary smiles here and there. This is the match to see, no matter what anybody says as it is the one true storyline that has been phenomenal and must see since July. Their matches are not five star classics, but they are four star brawls that are intriguing, interesting, and some of the best big man action today. As for who wins, I can only imagine Mark Henry once again retaining here as I simply can't picture the reign ending here nor the Big Show ever being World Heavyweight Champion. I could see a Daniel Bryan attempted cash in as well, following the bout. With all the hype and the possibilities of Daniel Bryan being shown, this is one of the few must see matches of Survivor Series.

Predicted Winner: Mark Henry

WWE Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs CM Punk

 As good as these two men are, they've both been  booked horribly over the past several months. Del Rio has lost any steam and dominance since WrestleMania and Punk has been losing steam of his own since Summerslam. Both have heated up a little bit, but if this match where to have happened two or three months ago, I'd be a lot more excited. I expect a well wrestled and technical wrestling match, which will see some sort of interference from Johnny Ace, Kevin Nash, or Ricardo Rodriguez in some capacity. Because of this, I predict Alberto Del Rio going over here in cheap fashion to retain. Hell, we may even see the return of Triple H. Either way, I'm not too interested and as much as I want to see Punk as champion, I see Del Rio retaining here.

Predicted Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Survivor Series Elimination Match: Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Mason Ryan, Sin Cara, and Sheamus vs Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Hunico, Cody Rhodes, and Jack Swagger

WWE felt as though they needed the traditional elimination match up, so I guess they took five singles feuds and they put them together in one big elimination tag team match. The build up has been decent, with the one true problem being the fact that the heels are limping into the match as Randy Orton and Sheamus have dominated for weeks. At first Wade Barrett came in looking as a dominant and re-established force, but over the past two weeks he has looked weak. As good as it is to see Barrett where he belongs, he and his squad of men do not look strong heading into the bout. Normally, I believe that heels who go in the match weak come out victorious on PPV, but this time I feel Team Orton will continue to beat on Team Barrett at Survivor Series. I just do not see Wade Barrett, or anyone else on his team taking out Orton or Sheamus. It will be a very good match up, as Survivor Series usually delivers, but as of now, Team Orton goes over in a very good match.

Predicted Winners: Team Orton

United States Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs John Morrison

Honestly, I don't fully comprehend why John Morrison has a title match after such a lengthy burial over the past few months, but I guess this could possibly be his last hurrah in front of his Jomosapeins. I also do have an inclination that Zack Ryder will make an appearance in his home state, seeing as though his petition has been built up consistently on Raw and Smackdown the past week or two. I do expect a very impressive encounter between Morrison and Ziggler, as both are competitive and talented athletes. Lately, I've especially seen a ton of potential in Dolph Ziggler as his mic ability has increased phenomenally and rapidly. As for the result of this match, I do expect Ziggler to retain here whether Zack Ryder is in the match up or not. Again, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ryder going over in his state, but I feel as though Ziggler will not be beat for at least another month as champion before dropping the belt and moving upward on the Raw scene.

Predicted Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Lumberjill Match for the Divas Championship: Beth Phoenix (c) vs Eve 

Well, I guess WWE implemented a Lumberjill match for additional buys, right? Bet that sold those last few tickets as well as some PPV buys. Either way, Beth Phoenix and Eve are two of the better Divas on the WWE roster these days, which will make this match tolerable, something Divas matches rarely are these days. I don't expect a train wreck, nor a five star classic. It is what it is. Anyways, as for the winner, I predict Beth Phoenix retaining the strap here, although I wouldn't be surprised if Eve got the victory with the help of Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox. I'd say Natalya would aid Phoenix, but she'll likely take a beating from Rosa Mendes. Beth Phoenix goes over here in a decent encounter to keep her poor reign as champion going at least another month.

Predicted Winner: Beth Phoenix

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