Can you believe that just four months ago people were more excited about the WWE than they had been in years? To say that the build towards Money in the Bank, and eventually SummerSlam, was incredible would be a massive understatement. The returns of Kevin Nash and Triple H, the conspiracy and "walk-out" angles, as well as the early announcement that the Rock would be returning to the ring fueled the fire for some pretty intense Survivor Series hype! Where did all that momentum go..?
This year's event sold out in record-breaking time, and now just a few months later I find myself weighing the pros and cons of buying it on pay-per-view. Tell me, what is there to be excited about? The return of the Rock? The "never before – never again" tagline to the main event? The traditional Survivor Series match? On paper there's very little for the hardcore wrestling fan to invest in, but fear not! I believe that no matter how far the angles have fallen since SummerSlam, there are a few ways WWE can still pull this one out… Read on!
Beth Phoenix vs. Eve – WWE Divas Championship – "Lumberjill" match
Motivation to buy: None
Alberto del Rio vs. CM Punk – WWE Championship
Motivation to buy: CM Punk winning the WWE title
Mark Henry vs. Big Show – World Heavyweight Championship
Motivation to buy: Their last match was great. Possibility of a title change…
Team Orton vs. Team Barrett – Classic Survivor Series Elimination match
Motivation to buy: It'll be fun…?
Dolph Zigger vs. John Morrison – United States Championship
Motivation to buy: Ryder could win the title. Morrison's last PPV match? Ziggler is awesome.
John Cena & the Rock vs. R-Truth & the Miz – Never Before, Never Again
It's been said a thousand times, and I've argued against it every single time: John Cena turns heel on the Rock at Survivor Series. At this point I still hold to the "never gonna happen" side of the debate, but that doesn't mean I don't WANT it to! After the way Raw went off the air, it had me wondering… What if the reason they haven't built up the Awesome Truth, and the reason they've kept this whole thing focused on John Cena is actually because they were building to make the heel turn as huge as possible?
I know, it's never gonna happen! But this is Survivor Series! This is the 25th Anniversary! This is Madison Square Garden! This…is…John Cena and the Rock. Is a heel turn necessary for their match at WrestleMania? No. They could turn it into a Playboy Pillow Fight and it would still probably draw more than any WWE event in history. In fact, they could probably put Vince Russo in charge, hang a pair of "jorts" on a poll, and sell out Miami! They don't need anything to put over that match, but I doubt there's a better way to make it exciting than to turn Cena heel, and there's just no better time to do it than right now. As the saying goes: never say never.
Motivation to buy: The Rock. Possible John Cena heel turn.
So, even if the card for Survivor Series hasn't quite lived up to my expectations, I predict at least a few reasons to buy (and attending it live is always a good choice!). Considering this is the 25th Anniversary, held in Madison Square Garden, featuring the Rock in the main event… odds are good WWE will try and pull out everything in their magical bag of tricks. Then again, they could just let the event rest on its own hype and PPV buys and do nothing special at all! I know by definition I might be insane, but I'm going to watch just for the possibility of a swerve ending to the main event. Oh, and Zack Ryder…
Woo Woo Woo…follow me on Twitter @MikeKillam.
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