To begin, a word of condolences to Seth Rollins. Cut down mid-run by a freak injury, Rollins was well on his way to being one of the best heel champions of the modern era. Everything was set up for Rollins to finally lose in a big way and establish himself as a top-tier performer going forward. The fact that he lost the title at a house show due to injury is an absolute shame, and all we can do here in internet-land is wish his a fast and healthy recovery.
That being said, on paper Rollin’s injury would insure that Survivor Series has become a must-see event. We’re getting a new champion one way or the other, and with championship reigns seeming to last for years on end these days, this is a big moment. However, if anything the loss of Rollins and the subsequent development of the tournament bracket (which, I will put out there, I’ve always been a fan of) has really shown the cracks in Creative’s foundation. In a world without Cena and Rollins, there are really too few legitimate contenders to fill the brackets despite the vast amount of talent at the WWE’s disposal. We need more compelling and viable competition for all the belts, and you know that the performers aren’t to blame on this one. Too much scripting and too many part-time stars has made the day-to-day performers seem less special. Or you could be Cesaro, and never get a push despite being the most over guy on the roster right now besides maybe the still-waiting-to-get-the-go-ahead Daniel Bryan. I don’t think I’ll ever understand the goings-on of the creative offices. Nevertheless, I deemed Survivor Series as my PPV of the year at last year’s Chinlock awards, so this show has quite the pedigree to live up to.
Divas’ Title Match: Charlotte vs. Paige
Let me just start out by addressing the elephant in the room. Hey WWE Creative, that thing you did to get cheap heat on Paige: Not cool. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Other than the above, this at least finally feels like a step in the right direction for the on-life-support Divas Revolution. Sure the “right” people still aren’t getting pushed, but at least we’ve moved on from the team dynamic for a little bit. At a PPV built around team matches. Weird. Anyway, it’s pretty clear that Charlotte is being groomed as a super-babyface, and I’m all for that. Having seeing her work as a heel and a face, she definitely seems more accustomed to the good-guy role and I can totally get behind her as a champion wanting to set a good example for girls everywhere. She can start by getting rid of the awful Divas belt. There’s no way that Charlotte is losing that title so soon after winning it at her first match away from Nikki Bella, especially to Paige, who Creative has clearly and unfairly given up on. Charlotte retains, no question.
What I think will happen: Charlotte will retain her title.
What I hope happens: Like everyone else in that crowd, I too want Sasha. Please please please put her in the mix.
The Brothers of Destruction vs. The Wyatt Family
Whomever is writing this story needs to be fired. Like now. First of all, Wyatt steals Taker and Kane’s souls? Really? So he can make fire and lightning and has their strength and stuff? But then, Taker and Kane come back showing no damage from this “soul-taking” and walk right through all four members of the Wyatt family? So tell me: Why would I want to watch Taker and Kane wrestle two members of the Wyatt Family when I’ve already seen them beat all four? Gee, I wonder who will win that one. Also, if Bray has the powers of both the Undertaker and Kane (I can’t believe that I’m actually writing that down), shouldn’t he be able to take them both down by himself or something? Again, lazy lazy writing, shame shame shame. In the end, we know how this dance ends: The Wyatts, despite being the most crazy-cool stable on the roster right now, gets to job out to the stars as a career-birthday present to the Undertaker. Don’t get me wrong, Taker definitely deserves the win and more going into his most likely final Mania appearance and subsequent Hall of Fame induction. I’m just waiting, still, for the devil to get his due and for Bray Wyatt to step out into the spotlight.
What I think will happen: The Brothers of Destruction will defeat the Wyatts.
What I hope happens: The Wyatts at least have a chance to get themselves over as a legitimate threat.
Survivor Series Match
As of my writing this article, the competitors for the Survivor Series match have not been revealed. So, in my fantasy booking, I’m calling for The New Day plus Bo Dallas versus Cesaro, Sheamus, Barrett, and Rusev (forming what I like to call the European Union). It’s criminal that these four aren’t getting any kind of push these days, and honestly I see putting them together in a stable as the only way they can be taken seriously. Think Nation of Domination mixed with the Hart Foundation and you’ll get what I’m going for here. Fun additions (at least for me), would include the return of Damien Sandow or, naturally, Daniel Bryan.
What I think will happen: The teams will likely be composed of the cast-offs from the Heavyweight Championship tournament, supplemented by The New Day and The Usos.
What I hope happens: That this match can be at least half as exciting as last year’s Survivor Series match.
WWE Heavyweight Championship Tournament
As I mentioned earlier, there really aren’t’ all that many legitimate contenders in the tournament. Now that the semi-finals feature both second-tier champions (who obviously won’t make it to the finals), there’s really only one possible outcomes here: Reigns and Ambrose for the strap. Now, Creative has been pushing Reigns for a good while now and, while he still may not be there yet, he is certainly a lot more viable nowadays. However, Ambrose is certainly the people’s champ and, should a heel turn occur, is the more likely candidate to pull a fast one and finally take the big belt. With rumors swirling around that Reigns was seemingly destined to win at Survivor Series to begin with, Ambrose seems like a dark horse. I’d love to see him steal the show, but I don’t think that Creative has enough faith in Ambrose to be The Man.
What I think will happen: Reigns will fulfill his destiny and become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. And we will all boo and boo and boo.
What I hope happens: “Your winner, and the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Dean Ambrose!”