We are finally here, the day has arrived. Tonight is the 26th annual WWE Survivor Series. We have been positioned for three solid weeks of adequate build up for the annual Thanksgiving tradition.
Survivor Series is widely known among the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) as “The Big 4”. The Big Four is a reference to the original four annual Pay Per Views, which would be The Royal Rumble, Summer Slam, Survivor Series and of course Wrestlemania. With tonight being one of those shows, it is safe to assume that we are in for a treat in terms of quality WWE Programming. If the namesake of the PPV doesn’t sell you on this theory, then maybe the match card does.
Below are my thoughts and predictions of tonight’s PPV.
3MB (3 Man Band) vs Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
Summary: I’m not exactly sure which members of 3 Count…excuse me…I mean 3MB will be a part of this match. Personally, I am not a fan of the 3MB concept. It has been done a few times already and Heath Slater was much more interesting when he was by himself. With this being consecutive PPV’s that both Kidd and Gabriel are on, I don’t see any reason why these two should lose. They are being prepped to being the next top talent in WWE mid card.
Winner: Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
Match #2.) For The WWE Divas Championship
Eve (Champion) vs Kaitlyn
Summary: Since there has been a draining in the WWE Divas division, there has been a strong deal of concentration of elevating Kaitlyns in ring career. Also, this is why Aksana has been getting more ring time as well. With the WWE Divas division looking toward reshaping the brand in the future, it would only be right to start with a new face.
Winner: Kaitlyn (New Champion)
Match #3.) For the WWE United States Championship
Antonio Ceasaro (Champion) vs R-Truth
Summary: This is another example of WWE dropping the proverbial ball. Here we have a match that could’ve rivaled to steal the show. Both of these men have excellent ring knowledge and an admirable height level of work rate as well. With this match being tagged as being for the US title, why has it only been alive for one week of build?! A tremendous injustice if you as me. There isn’t any way that there can be a title change due to this poor choice of marketing.
Winner: Antonio Ceasaro
Match #4.) Classic Survivor Series Match
Team Foley (Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Kane and The Miz) vs Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow and Tensai)
Summary: Yes, this match looks very random on paper and it has been changed more time than Kim Kardashian changes boyfriends when the NFL/NBA draft happens. The main focal point of this match is two fold. 1.) The beef between Mick Foley and Dolph Ziggler. It is without question that Foley (who is not in the match) will look to get his hands on Ziggler. But Ziggler may have something for him. 2.) As stated in a previous article, The Miz is the pink elephant in the room as he is the only heel that is on Team Foley. This has a good chance that this could in fact be The Miz’s official face turn. Not much in the match to piece together in terms of who may have the advantage. But considering my take on the championship matches in addition to what I foresee happening with Dolph in the near future, the night needs a significant high note and Team Foley needs this (collectively) more than their opponents.
Winners: Team Foley
Match #5.) World Heavyweight Championship
The Big Show (Champion) vs Shemus
Summary: This match stole the show at last months “Hell In a Cell” ppv and I expect nothing less from these two for this PPV. The buildup for this match has been well concentrated on Smackdown and even bled over into a WWE.com exclusive. Many may think that’s a bad thing, but that actually is pretty unique to bring traffic to your site due to an altercation between two of the biggest and best. Shemus is looking for redemption and doing it on the biggest stage of the fall would be ideal for him. But at this moment, this may be an opportunity where he may’ve bitten off more than he could chew. Big Show has had much luck in past survivor series matches where he has won the WWE Championship twice at this event. Big Show is definitely using this momentum to retain.
Winner: The Big Show (Retains)
Match #6.) WWE Championship Match
CM Punk (Champion) vs Ryback vs John Cena
Summary: CM Punk has looked rather vulnerable as of late between both challengers of the WWE Title. Ryback is more than itching to get his hands on the champion after being robbed of the title last month at Hell In A Cell. From transition from the 10 man tag match to now a triple threat match, Ryback has managed to stay on the heels of Punk in his hunt for championship gold. Even throwing in the former WWE Champion, John Cena into the mix wont stop Ryback from getting the victory. Cena, however, is dealing with a great heaping of distraction on his end. With the issues occuring with the allegation between him and AJ, Cena may go into this match a bit distracted. However, Punk is one of the best in the game when it comes to mind games and when it comes to psychology, he knows how to use this to his advantage. Expect Punk to use Cena’s distraction to his advantage and use Ryback’s over-emotional investment into the match against him as well. Also, don’t forget, as reported here on Rant Sports, The WWE Champion, CM Punk will be the Grand Marshall for the Chicago Thanksgiving Day parade. Wont it be the stain on the white t-shirt if Punk is there WITHOUT said championship belt? Something to consider.
Winner: CM Punk (retains)
The 26th Annual WWE Survivor Series is live on Pay Per View on November 18th 2012 at 8pm est/5pm cst
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Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports