Before I get started, I just want to say that I have ZERO interest in this pay per view. It’s not one of the ones that I usually order anyway, but it’s one that I always look forward to, because it used to be one of my favourite pay per views when I was a kid. When I used to go to the video store (remember when those existed?) with my dad, I would walk right past the WrestleManias and rent either Survivor Series or The Royal Rumble from whatever year it was. They have made no effort to book this pay per view strong. As a matter of fact, most of these matches, if not, all of them, are Raw-quality matches; some are even Superstars-quality matches. I think it’s pathetic and just so insulting.
Actually, Survivor Series hasn’t been booked well in my opinion since 2007. I think the 2009 Survivor Series was booked much worse than this one, but at least for that one, we were guaranteed some good matches, which they delivered, so it turned out to be pleasantly surprising. I don’t have high hopes for this at all; not even for in-ring quality.
Before I get too carried away, hopefully I can make the most of what I’ve been given to work with in my fantasy predictions.
Here they are from start to finish…
The Miz, Damien Sandow, Curtis Axel, Ryback and Fandango vs. Kofi Kingston, Big E. Langston, Tyson Kidd, Dolph Ziggler and The Great Khali in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match
I personally have no interest in seeing The Miz against Kofi Kingston for the umpteenth time and I have even less interest in seeing the rematch between Curtis Axel and Big E. Langston. I think if both of those matches were scrapped, nobody would notice or care. So I think there should be an angle on the kick-off show, where The Miz and Kingston match ends in a DQ, due to multiple interference. Basically Miz convinces Axel and Ryback to be his back-up earlier that night, and then Kingston comes out with Big E. and Ziggler. This ends in a big brawl, with everybody involved here, so Kane comes out and makes it into an elimination match to kick off the actual pay per view. He also states that the Axel/Big E. rematch will happen on Raw the next night, or never. So I think it’s a safe bet that they’ll get Khali out of there early. So they have Ryback do his impressive Shell Shock spot to get rid of Khali. As Ryback celebrates, he then comes face to face with Big E. to tease another feud that nobody wants to see for down the road. They battle it out, with Big E. getting the better of the situation and actually knocking Ryback right out of the ring. As the rest of the heel team distracts the referees, Axel grabs the IC Title and hits Big E. from behind, knocking him to the floor as well. Big E. tries to get back in to get his hands on Axel, but Ryback grabs him and the two big men brawl on the floor, which gets them both counted out. Tyson Kidd is in next with some impressive spots on the entire opposing team, but he is tripped by Fandango, after attempting a springboard attack. Axel then hits Kidd with his finisher for the elimination, so now it’s four to two, in favour of the heels. As Axel gets set to take on Kofi, Fandango tags himself in. As Fandango and Axel argue about who’s the legal man, Fandango turns around and blindly walks into trouble in paradise from Kofi, which sends him packing. As the heels continue arguing about who should be legal man, Ziggler makes a tag, unbeknownst to any of them. Kingston goes for another trouble in paradise on Axel, but puts on the brakes in mid move. Axel looks confused, but the move backs him up a little bit anyway, right into the zig zag, giving Dolph an elimination. The remaining four guys then start brawling. As the refs try to restore order, Kingston hits another trouble in paradise on Sandow, which knocks him out to the floor. As Kingston looks down at Sandow, Miz schoolboys him from behind and hooks the tights to eliminate Kingston. It’s now down to Miz and Ziggler, which becomes a pretty competitive match. Miz goes for the skull crushing finale, but Ziggler uses Miz’s arms to lift himself up and scoops Miz with a victory roll. Miz rolls through it, but Ziggler quickly beats Miz to his feet and hits the zig zag on the rebound to pick up the win. As Ziggler celebrates and is announced the winner of the match, Sandow pulls a Shawn Michaels, straight out of the Royal Rumble ’95. He sneak-attacks Ziggler and hits The Terminus, or whatever his other finisher is called to get the pin and become the sole survivor.
[Renee Young is in the back, set to do an interview]
Renee: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m standing by with tag team partners CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Guys, you have been described as an Internet dream team, but tonight, you face maybe your toughest challenge to date in the dangerous Wyatt Family.
Bryan: Punk, why don’t you let me handle this one.
Punk: Have at it, chief.
Bryan: It seems like a lot of people have had a problem with me lately. But The Wyatt Family? They have a problem with everybody. Now these guys want to make names for themselves off of us? NO!
Punk: Easy, Daniel, easy. You don’t want to get so worked up. This is Survivor Series. It’s the place where controversy creates cash. They’re already infamous; they’ve accomplished a lot in the last few months, I’ll give them that. But it seems to me like The Wyatt’s now want to be famous. Well this is the place to do it. Daniel and I are gonna go out there in just a short little while and plant knees to faces, and somehow make those ogres even uglier than they already are. And after we get done doing what we’re gonna do to those two goons, I really hope that Bray Wyatt practices what he’s been preaching. He likes to say that ‘The devil made me do it!’ Well I promise you that not even Satan himself is going to be able to save him from this firestorm that he has coming. Let’s go.
[A Total Divas promo airs next]
[Paul Heyman is now at ringside, in a wheelchair]
Heyman: Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I have something to say. 12 years ago at this very event, I sat right there in the same seat that Jerry Lawler is sitting in now, and I lost my job that night, because Team Alliance could not defeat Team WWE. I was crushed; I mean I was heartbroken, because I could no longer do what I do best. I never thought I would ever have that feeling again. But that feeling returned at the end of last month, and I owe it all to one man: CM Punk. Because of CM Punk, I can no longer walk; because of CM Punk, I can no longer feed my family; because of CM Punk, I can no longer feed myself. I curse you Punk! I curse you to hell! And I hope…
[Before Heyman can go any further, he's cut off by Punk's music. Punk tries to get to Heyman, but Bryan holds him back and tries to get him to focus on the match]
The Wyatt Family vs. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan
When the team of Punk and Bryan were first put together, I thought it was going to be something similar to the pairing of AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in TNA in 2006. But I think they’ve only been put together so that they can be broken up, because I can picture this feud happening at some point (probably at or near WrestleMania, depending on whether Shawn Michaels is willing to work the show). This won’t be pretty. The Wyatt Family is a good gimmick, but they’re terrible in the ring; especially Rowan. Hopefully they keep it short and Punk and Bryan will be able to carry them to a half-decent match. I see Bryan being isolated in the heel corner for the majority of the match, only to eventually make the hot tag to Punk, who cleans house. Bryan takes out both members of the Wyatt’s on the floor with a tope. Punk then signals that he’s going to follow that up, but then Heyman gets out of his wheelchair and grabs Punk by the foot. Punk stomps on Heyman’s hand and as the referees try to get Heyman out of there, Bray Wyatt clips the knee of Bryan on the other side and hits the Sister Abigail on the floor. The referees look over and see Bryan knocked out. They then turn their focus to Bray, as he’s a bigger threat than Heyman. So as all the referees are trying to get Bray to the back, Punk grabs Heyman and tosses him into the ring. He then grabs a steel chair from ringside. Heyman starts cowering at first, but suddenly his fear turns into a smile, as he starts pointing behind Punk. Punk is confused, as he turns around and walks right into a Van Daminator from the returning Rob Van Dam. Heyman and RVD exit through the crowd, and Harper rolls back in to pin Punk and pick up the victory.
[At this point in the show, we get a shot of the outside of the Boston Garden and some of the famous sites in the area]
[The announcers then go through a video game simulation of the Del Rio versus Cena match in WWE 2K14, or whatever the game is called]
The Shield (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins] and The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) vs. The Uso’s, Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Rey Mysterio in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match
This should definitely be match of the night and it’s the only match on the card that I’m really looking forward. I loved the elimination matches when I was a kid and I think this match will steal the show. I do have to say though that I think it was a mistake to bring Rey Mysterio back on Raw, instead of having him as a surprise on this show. Not just because of the surprise element, but also because they took a major risk of him getting injured again in that brawl. I’ve been a fan of Rey since I first saw him wrestle 17 years ago. He’s always been one of my favourites, but I think it just may be time for him to hang it up; he’s had a great career though. So without getting too off topic here, let’s focus on this match. I see Cesaro getting in his spot early. In fact, I can see them doing a spot, where he just delivers the giant swing to everybody, one after another. Rey is the last guy he does this to, but by that point, Cesaro himself is dizzy, which allows Rey to swing him into Swagger on the middle rope. Mysterio then hits Cesaro with the 619 and follows up with a springboard torpedo splash for the elimination. Swagger is in next, and after a few back-and-forth holds are traded, Mysterio makes Swagger chase him around the ring, and somewhere in between, Goldust comes in off a blind tag and hits a running bulldog from behind, to eliminate Swagger. Just as soon as Goldust gets to his feet, Reigns takes him out with a spear and eliminates him. The Uso’s are in next and display some great double team moves. Jey hits Ambrose with a suicide dive on the announce table side of the ring. Jimmy then goes and tries to take out Rollins with the same move on the other side, but Reigns runs off the apron and catches him in midair with a spear (it would be amazing if this can be pulled off, but I better play it safer and have Reigns just spear Jimmy on the floor, after he hits the move). Reigns then rolls Jimmy back in and eliminates him. Reigns then takes a cheap shot at Cody Rhodes on the apron. As Rey goes to check on Cody, Jimmy Uso tries fighting off all three Shield members by himself, but the numbers are too much for him, and Reigns is able to spear Jimmy out of nowhere, which leads to the triple powerbomb, and Reigns gets the pin. Cody Rhodes then starts building momentum, but as he goes for the disaster kick on Ambrose, Reigns shoves Ambrose out of the way and ends up taking the move himself. Rhodes follows that up with Cross Rhodes to eliminate Reigns. After the elimination, Rollins tags in, but Ambrose and Cody are still fighting in the ring. As Cody runs the ropes, Reigns, who is still at ringside, trips him, which allows Rollins to hit a springboard flying knee for the elimination. The referees finally succeed in getting Reigns out of there. Rey does a good job of taking on both remaining Shield members by himself. He delivers a low dropkick to Rollins, who falls into Ambrose on the apron, but unbeknownst to Mysterio, the referee actually counts that as a tag. Rey hits the 619 and then the springboard splash, but is confused when the referee tells him that Rollins isn’t legal. This momentary distraction allows Ambrose to sneak up from behind and deliver his front Russian bulldog finisher for the win.
[Triple H is backstage in his office with Kane]
Triple H: You know, I am so sick and tired of Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox. They both got what they had coming to them and that was just an example of what WE are capable of. As far as tonight goes with Big Show. Do you believe that ingrate? You and I both know that this match should have never happened.
[Orton storms in]
Orton: I agree! Now why don’t you do what you’ve been saying is best for business. It’s not too late to cancel this match.
Triple H: What, and deal with Big Show and his group of lawyers? I’m not going through that aggravation; I’ve got too much on my plate.
Orton: Damn it, I am the face of this company; of YOUR company! I should have some stroke around here.
Triple H: If you’re the face of this company, you need to go out there and show them why that is.
[The Shield then interrupt and are celebrating their victory]
Ambrose: Hunter, did you see us out there?
Triple H: I saw it. Good going, guys! Now that’s what I’m talking about. You guys are winners; you’re sole survivors.
[Ambrose then looks at Reigns with a smirk]
Ambrose: Well, most of us, anyway.
[Reigns looks upset by this]
Reigns: Say what? What the hell is that supposed to mean.
Ambrose: Look Roman, I’m just saying man, you did kind of drop the ball out there.
Reigns: Probably because I was too busy saving your ass!
[They start arguing and Rollins steps between them to calm them down]
Triple H: That’s what I love about you guys. You’re so competitive; even with each other. And who knows? Maybe one day, one of you guys will be the face of the company.
[Triple H then looks at Orton with the same look that Ambrose gave Reigns]
Triple H: As a matter of fact, that day might come sooner than you think. But you guys were awesome out there; don’t lose sight of that.
[The Shield leaves and Triple H turns his attention back to Orton]
Triple H: Now as I was saying, you go out to that ring and you prove to The Big Show why you are the face of this company. But since we’re so close to the holidays, I’m in a pretty giving mood tonight, which is why I am now making this match no disqualification.
[Orton gets in Triple H's face and is seething, until Kane steps in and gets in Orton's face, making Orton back off]
Randy Orton vs. The Big Show in a no disqualification match for the WWE Championship
I hate everything about this match. I’m expecting it to be terrible in the ring and I hate the storyline. It seems to me like everyone is feuding with Triple H through Orton. Orton’s no more than a pawn here. Big Show takes full advantage of the no DQ stip and chokeslams Orton through the announce table again, but only gets a near fall. Big Show then sets up for a knockout punch, but then a pyro goes off on all four corners of the ring, and Kane starts heading down to ringside. Big Show dares Kane to get in the ring, but the referee is trying to get Kane to leave, which allows Triple H to sneak in with a sledgehammer. Big Show is quick to react and immediately turns to grab Hunter by the throat, causing him to drop the hammer. As Show is more focused on getting revenge on Triple H than winning the match, it allows Orton to nail him from behind with the hammer and hit the RKO for the win.
[Up next is a promo for TLC next month]
AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Aksana, Summer Rae, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendez and Alicia Fox vs. Natalya, The Bella Twins, The Funkadactyls, Eva Marie and Jojo in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match
They really need to hire someone to book for the women, because I always hate when they just throw all of them in one match; it’s just so lazy. They could have just done Natalya versus AJ, which would have been a great three to five minutes, but of course not. I see the eliminations being fast and furious in this one. In fact, I think the total divas are going to run through everybody else on AJ’s team, which will leave just AJ against all of them. They all deliver their own shot and then Natalya finishes her off with the sharpshooter (she’s the only one I can think of with a finishing move), which leaves all the total divas members as sole survivors. By the way, when did Kaitlyn turn heel? Did I sleep through that or something?
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship
Given that this is Cena’s hometown, I can’t see any other match closing the show. I just don’t think the Big Show/Orton program has connected. Not to say that this or any other match on this card has, but this at least makes the most sense. I hate these automatic rematch clauses; it just makes the title feel so unimportant, when people don’t have to earn a shot at it. I think the basic story here will be that Del Rio will constantly go after the arm. At one point, he’ll apply the arm bar and Cena will be in it for an extended period of time, just to build the suspense. The ref breaks the hold, so Del Rio assumes that Cena passed out and that he’s the new champion, but actually, it’s because Cena’s foot was under the bottom rope, so the match continues. This enrages Del Rio, who goes for the arm bar again, only for Cena to roll through it this time, as Del Rio does the spin, and Cena ends up countering into the STF for the tap out.
Here are my match predictions for TLC:
Randy Orton vs. Christian in a ladder match for the WWE Championship - I was originally going to put Mark Henry in the challenger role, but this is more up Christian’s alley. Plus they do have the history, and also, Christian was taken out by the authority not too long ago, which gives him some extra motivation here. I think he should win a one-night tournament on Raw to become the number one contender, defeating Daniel Bryan in the finals, after interference from The Shield.
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow in a triple threat table match for the World Heavyweight Championship - Sandow beats Dolph Ziggler in a best of three series on Raw and Smackdown to earn the third spot in this match. Plus, it’s believable that he can win the title on a fluke in this kind of match, like Sheamus did several years ago, so it still keeps Cena strong.
Triple H vs. The Big Show in a pink slip ladder match - If Triple H wins, Big Show must leave the WWE forever, but if Big Show wins, he gains control of the company.
CM Punk vs. Rob Van Dam in a TLC match, with the winner getting a WWE Title match at the Royal Rumble - I know that Van Dam might not work as a heel, but it does make sense for this feud to happen. And if Heyman does all the talking for Van Dam, it might work.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield in a gauntlet match - The first match will be a table match against Ambrose, the second will be a chair match against Reigns and the third is a ladder match against Rollins. If Bryan wins two of the three matches, he gets entered in the Royal Rumble match as number 30, but if he loses two of the three matches, he gets entered in the rumble match as number one.
The Wyatt Family vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Rey Mysterio in a six man tag
AJ Lee vs. Natalya for the Divas Championship
The Real Americans vs. The Uso’s vs. The Prime Time Playas vs. Los Matadores vs. Air Boom (Evan Bourne returns) in a Texas tornado table elimination match - All teams in the ring at the same time. If one team member is put through a table, that team is eliminated. This process continues until there is only one team remaining, which will be the new number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles.