World Wrestling Entertainment needs to pull out all the stops with “Survivor Series” taking place in three weeks in St. Louis.
With the WWE Network giving away the show for free to all new subscribers, it would be wise for the company to put their best foot forward and give the WWE Universe a show that keeps them locked in.
“Hell in a Cell” on Oct. 26 got the juices flowing with solid main events and an exciting ending that will surely carry over to this upcoming pay-per-view.
Can “Survivor Series” continue that momentum?
The following card (sans Brock Lesnar) has the potential to be something special, but execution will be key.
Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Naomi, Natalya and Rosa Mendes vs. Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, Layla and Eva Marie
It’s hard to be optimistic about a “Survivor Series” traditional elimination tag team match where more than half the combatants are only featured because of their roles on a (fake) reality television show.
The only interesting subplot here is Paige and Alicia Fox having a falling out after aligning against AJ Lee. Other than that, it’s hard to care about anything that’s going on in this cluster of a Divas match.
It’s merely booked for the sake of filling out a card with a depleted roster.
Gold & Stardust (c) vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow
This is WWE’s entire tag team division. I wish I was exaggerating.
Los Matadores defeated the WWE Tag Team Champions cleanly on Oct. 31, vaulting Diego and Fernando back in the title picture. I don’t see WWE giving the duo their title shot on a major pay-per-view without adding a few more pieces, though.
The Usos will either A) be members of Team Cena in the main event, or B) get another shot at the titles they lost at “Night of Champions.”
The wildcards here are Miz and Damien Mizdow. Tension between the two has been teased on WWE programming as of late, but their alliance is way too entertaining to put the kibosh on so soon. Since there’s no one else to work with, this will have to suffice.
AJ Lee (c) vs. Nikki Bella
Well it sure beats the rumored Team Brie Bella vs. Team Nikki Bella match that we were supposedly going to get.
The AJ vs. Paige feud took us all the way from WWE “Battleground” on July 20 to “Hell in a Cell” in October. It’s time for a new challenger to enter the fray and get her shot at the top spot in the Divas division.
Nikki Bella is officially the No. 1 contender after emerging victorious in a Halloween Costume Battle Royal. Her title match should be coming at the pay-per-view, although WWE could throw fans a curveball and have the match air on television.
How Brie plays into all of this remains to be seen. She’ll be Nikki’s assistant for the next several weeks after losing at “Hell in a Cell,” but that agreement ends before “Survivor Series.”
Sheamus (c) vs. Rusev
The next logical step for Rusev is to stick it to the U.S. of A. once and for all by becoming WWE United States Champion.
Rusev challenged Sheamus to a title match during an in-ring segment on the Halloween edition of “Friday Night SmackDown.” If all checks out, “The Celtic Warrior” will wage war with “The Super-Athlete” at the pay-per-view for the gold.
The consensus amongst wrestling fans is that formula of Rusev rolling though American after American with no real end game is repetitive and lacking substance. By becoming United States Champion, he’ll elevate the belt and become even more of a heat magnet to the audience.
This is long overdo.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
The “Lunatic Fringe” vs. “The Eater of Worlds.”
It’s a fresh program with two compelling characters that needs several months for it to play out properly. The promos between the two may end up being far more interesting than what Ambrose and Wyatt can pull off when they get physical, but who’s going to complain?
With no WWE World Heavyweight Championship match on the card, this is a prime opportunity for both superstars to leave their mark and solidify their spots in WWE’s pecking order.
Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, Big Show, Chris Jericho) vs. Team Authority (Triple H, Seth Rollins, Mark Henry, Kane, Randy Orton)
John Cena: It’s his team. No need to go into too much detail on why he’s here. The whole premise of the match is for the Authority to push Cena out of the picture completely and show the leader of the CeNation that his time on top is coming to an end.
Dolph Ziggler: His victory over Kane on Oct. 27 and the beatdown that followed on “Friday Night SmackDown” on Oct. 31 all but confirm that he’ll be involved in this match.
Ryback: It’s either this or “The Big Guy” continues to run through jobbers like he did when he transitioned from Skip Sheffield to Ryback in 2012. Since that will accomplish absolutely nothing, placing him on Team Cena will, at the very least, get him back in the main event scene.
Big Show: The Big Show vs. Mark Henry feud has been done to death and doesn’t need to be added to the undercard. Let both behemoths be the size and muscle of their respective teams to fill out both sides. You can even make Henry a full-fledged member of the Authority to make him more relevant in the grand scheme of things.
Chris Jericho: “Y2J” will be going on tour with WWE when they head overseas to Europe. He has a history with Triple H, Randy Orton and especially Stephanie McMahon. Bringing him back to television in the weeks leading up to “Survivor Series” would be a wise move.
Triple H: Having the 13-time World Champion lace up his boots and captain his team would be an unexpected and more than welcome surprise to a show that may need that extra boost.
Seth Rollins: He’s the golden boy of the faction and needs to be booked as such. Rollins would undoubtedly be the captain if Triple H isn’t involved.
Mark Henry: See Big Show.
Kane: Team Authority needs at least one member looking like he just had a quickie at a political convention. In all seriousness, “Corporate Kane” still brings value in the ring and will/should be a participant.
Randy Orton: We’re on the brink of Orton leaving the Authority for good and turning face. Triple H should force Orton to team with Rollins against his will and play peacemaker so that his two featured players don’t destroy each other. The official face turn could come at “Survivor Series.”
Christopher Walder is a staff writer for WrestlingRumors.net. He’s also a contracted Featured Columnist for the Toronto Raptors at Bleacher Report and a member of the RaptorsHQ team for SB Nation. You can follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports.