Finally, we’re back to the Big Four and one of my personal favorites: The tag-team focused Survivor Series. Reader’s who’ve looked over my previous posts will remember that I am a huge fan of tag-team matches, so Survivor Series is always a good time in my book. Factor in that creative finally hit their stride and wrote a couple great weeks of programming and we may have a bonafide hit on our hands this Sunday.
Fatal Four-Way Tag-Team Match
As we all know, a traditional tag-team match is 2 versus 2. However, given that Survivor Series is all about pushing the boundaries of tag-team matches, I am over the moon excited about a 2 versus 2 versus 2 versus 2 matchup comprised of the entire tag-team bracket for the strap. I’ve railed on and on about how sick I am of the Usos vs. the Dust brothers, and while that matchup is technically still in effect, adding Los Matadors and (especially) the Miz and (especially especially) Mizdow to the equation effectively mixes things up enough to garner my attention. Mizdow alone is worth the price of admission, so while I like Gold/Stardust as champions I will personally be pulling for Mizdow to step up.
What I think will happen: Goldust and Stardust will retain so that they can feud with The Ascension when they get pulled up to the main roster.
What I hope happens: Mizdow, Mizdow and more Mizdow. Make it the Mizdow show and I am one happy camper.
Divas Survivor Series Match
Well it’s about time that the women’s division got a chance to show off. This may simply be a result of having the top ten guys involved in the main event, but still this is a huge opportunity for the Divas to prove that they deserve a bigger piece of the pie. This is a pretty open-shut case of faces versus heels, so I’m going with the heels on this one given that Paige is front and center on team heel. With the possibility of AJ dropping the belt (and the company if the rumor mill is to be believed), Paige is likely to get the push against Nikki Bella after Brie. That and she’s still the best athlete in the match (with Natty coming in at a close second).
What I think will happen: Paige and team heels will get the win
What I hope happens: The Divas are given enough time to actually put on a decent match, rather than something rushed-through so that we can get to the “real” show.
Divas Championship Match: AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella
So if the rumors are correct (and let’s be honest, they rarely are), this may be one of AJ’s last matches with the company and her final bout as Divas champion. If that is the case, I am supremely disappointed that the next in line to inherit her crown is Nikki Bella. There is nothing about Nikki that I like. She isn’t a great character or all that special in the ring, and her storylines are shallow and pedantic. But I guess her taking the strap will set up another “Bella vs. Bella” that may not be horrible. It probably will be, but I’m trying to stay optimistic. It’s not easy.
What I think will happen: Nikki will get the Divas belt at Survivor Series.
What I hope happens: I don’t know, Seth Rollins cashes in Money in the Bank and becomes the new Divas champion? I really have low aspirations for this match.
Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose
This one seems almost like one of those fantasy matches that people come up with. There’s no real rhyme or reason for Wyatt to go after Ambrose, but both guys are so over right now that putting them together is a recipe for success. Factor in the fact that they are the gold standard for promos and you’ve got a secret sauce that cooks itself. I’m leaning more towards Bray on this one, but that’s mostly because of what I hope the ending of the PPV will be like (more on that later). Either way, I think that this’ll be one of those Savage vs Steamboat kinds of matches.
What I think will happen: Bray Wyatt will pull out the win on Ambrose.
What I hope happens: The match turns into a no-DQ and both guys get to go full “blood and guts” on each other.
Team Cena vs. Team Authority
First of all, let’s just get this out of the way: the idea of Team Cena makes me sick. The Authority is a collective, a group of individuals working together. The idea that the opposing team is Team Cena gives the impression that he’s the only one that matters. Which is stupid. That being said, the teams that were put together for this have got me very excited. I really liked how they pulled a bait-and-switch and took out some of the obvious choices (like Sheamus) in order to stir up the pot a little bit. And Harper and Rowan are getting a huge push, which is great because the Wyatts were awesome (and they totally should have won the tag-team championships before being pushed as singles stars). The question of who should win really comes down to how we perceive the match stipulation. If the Authority loses, they are out of power. But what does this mean? Who steps up? Who runs the show after they leave? It really depends on if creative is prepared for a paradigm shift of that magnitude. Personally, I think change is good and keeping things fresh is better, but I’m not sure if creative is willing to take that leap.
What I think will happen: Team Authority will somehow win the match and stay in control.
What I hope happens: Now this is a little out there, but hear me out. Rowan and Harper turn on their teammates and tank the match so that the Authority loses and Bray Wyatt rises into power and takes control of the WWE universe. It would be a great set-up for Wrestlemania ( just think about the idea of Daniel Bryant or Triple H going up against Bray to save the WWE from his influence), establishes a big twist that will keep people coming back for more, and puts Bray Wyatt front and center where he belongs. It would be a bit of a gamble, but I’d love to see a big move like this played out.
So there are my calls for Survivor Series. I really think that this PPV could be a great one, so hopefully we won’t be disappointed with the showing. See you all back here at Chinlock for the aftermath.