WWE Survivor Series 2012 Predictions

Jamie Lithgow

3MB vs. Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd – YouTube pre-show match

Thank God WWE decided to replace Team Co-Bro with Gabriel and Kidd, but why is this match still just on the pre-show? The card is pretty anaemic so why not give these guys, particularly the newly formed 3MB, a chance to feature on the PPV itself? I wasn’t predicting great things when Santino and Ryder were booked as 3MB’s opponents but with Gabriel and Kidd getting the nod this could be a good little match. I predict that 3MB (as Slater and Mahal) will win, probably due to interference from McIntyre. I don’t mind either team winning this one as I like them both. However as they are new team, 3MB are in line for more attention from the booking team.

Winners – 3MB

Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth – United States Championship Match

The function of this match is to try to get Cesaro over with the fans because the result is not in question. The problem is that the fans don’t really care about R-Truth either, so this match will do little for anybody, including the fans.

Winner, and still United States Champion – Antonio Cesaro

Eve (c) vs. Kaitlyn – Divas Championship Match

10 years ago we were spoiled by WWE in terms of female wrestlers. It may not have seemed it at the time but we were blessed with the likes of Trish Stratus and Lita. Now we have this garbage. I don’t give a toss about either performer and have little faith in their ability to construct a half decent match. I would imagine Eve will win as WWE seem more willing to invest time in her rather than the bland and uninteresting Kaitlyn.

Winner, and still Divas Champion – Eve

Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler – 10 man elimination tag team match

I feel I have already voiced my opinions on this match elsewhere on the blog, but the lead up to this match has been disjointed to say the least. Also, why is WWE throwing all its big names that aren’t competing for a title into one match? These guys could have been spread throughout the card. Del Rio and Orton could have been team captains in another elimination tag match, which would have given an excuse for lower card wrestlers to appear on PPV next to the likes of The Viper. Anyway, complaints aside this should be a cracking match for the same reason I disagree with its inclusion. There are so many quality performers in this match that it is pretty much guaranteed match of the night honours. I would suggest that Team Foley take the win, possibly with The Miz being the sole survivor to add some weight to his face turn.

Winners – Team Foley

The Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus – World Heavyweight Championship match

In line with the rest of this feud and everything else The Big Show and Sheamus have been involved in this year; I don’t care. I would guess that Big Show will hold on to the title because he is better placed (i.e. he’s not a merchandise selling babyface) to drop the title to Ziggler when he cashes in his briefcase. On the subject of which; I am not just hoping but I’m actually predicting that Ziggler cashes in at Survivor Series. Cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase could very well be the catalyst for a face turn too. He’s already cheered by large sections of the audience, he has distanced himself a little from Vickie (although is still very much in her camp) and would be cashing in on a heel Big Show. Yes, Ziggler has been clashing with Cena recently but, as we saw from CM Punk last year, that can only help a face turn! There is plenty room for extra goings on given the pathetic card so I think Ziggler and Big Show could very well clash for the title; and for the love of God Ziggler must win. If he’s unsuccessful then I will happily give up and walk away from WWE forever…

Winner, and still World Heavyweight Champion – The Big Show……. until Dolph Ziggler shows up!

CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback – WWE Championship Match

I’ve disliked the booking on the lead up to this match for the same reasons I’ve disliked the booking of the 10 man tag. That match and this match are all muddled up, WWE has tied itself in knots and nobody appears to be in the correct match. With that said I can’t see past a CM Punk win. If Ryback were going to win the title he would have done so at HIAC, while John Cena is embroiled in this AJ nonsense. Moreover, Punk needs momentum heading into a potential clash with Mick Foley next month, which will lead nicely into his programme with Foley’s mate The Rock. However, there are other avenues WWE could explore, this is Survivor Series after all. I wouldn’t put it passed Vince to utilise the old Montreal finish and screw Punk out of the title. This would mean that Cena would face The Rock at The Royal Rumble, where Punk could potentially get involved and cost Cena the title in order to secure a spot in the main event of Wrestlemania against The Great One. For this to happen I would also suggest Punk enter and win the actual Rumble match itself. I would like this to happen but I have a hunch WWE will opt for the first scenario and have Punk continue his reign until The Rock ends it in January.

Winner, and still WWE Champion – CM Punk

Overall Thoughts
This card looks terrible. I would assume we will get an additional match, probably a traditional Survivor Series match involving the tag team division. There has to be major storyline developments on this show otherwise there will be a lot of unhappy people who will have wasted money on this event. The minimum I expect heading in to Raw on Monday is for Miz to be a babyface, Orton to be a heel and Ziggler to be the World Heavyweight Champion.

Buy or don’t buy: Don’t buy. I have a feeling that something major may happen, but WWE have not offered a good enough card to justify the price of the PPV for me to watch in the first place.

Sunday Sermon: Will Ryback win the WWE title at Hell In A Cell?

Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow and James Giles
Craig: I’ve enjoyed the Ryback push to date and would be very surprised if he didn’t win the title at HIAC. While I think he’d have benefited from being in and around the main event scene longer, it would be illogical booking to not have him win next Sunday. On top of that Punk doesn’t need the title belt to main event now. One question, will it be a squash match?
Jamie: I agree with all of that, even to the point of enjoying his push. I’m almost over the fact that he’s a Goldberg knock off and I’m enjoying the massive crowd noise for him over the last couple of months. And yes, in the current climate in WWE Ryback must surely win. He’s the company’s hottest babyface for ages taking on the hottest heel for ages. Surely he becomes the most popular champion for ages by dethroning the hated champion?!
This is so cut and dry, that is until I start thinking about the big picture. This is a Wrestlemania calibre match, are they really going to present it at Hell in a Cell? Then you have to remember that the WWE Champion will face The Rock at the Royal Rumble, is it really going to be Ryback? If it is then surely he should win, because as it stands that is all Ryback is; a winning machine. Without more to his character then the moment he loses he becomes just another supertsar. But he’ll be facing The Rock, who is also scheduled to fight at Wrestlemania. If The Rock loses he will look weak heading to the big event, which will surely affect buy rates.

I would have thought that Ryback would have continued to squash people before having a feud with someone like Kane or Big Show en route to winning The Rumble and eventually lifting the title at Wrestlemania. But hey, the match is booked now and surely the only logical outcome is a Ryback win. Where this leaves Punk, Cena and The Rock a few months down the line I have no idea.

Craig: That’s the issue. As soon as Ryback loses then the gimmick is done, no? He needs to not lose to remain looking invincible. I do like the gimmick, but do feel his rise to main event has come a bit soon. Can’t really go back now huh? Is there any way he doesn’t win the belt? Or is that too illogical?
James: It depends how he loses really. Some sort of no contest ending wouldn’t damage his character, but that would be pretty difficult in HIAC. If he was screwed over some way, then he would probably be OK, in fact it could end up being a heat builder for a re- match. If Punk then did everything he could to avoid the re-match, fans would go nuts when it actually happened, preferably at ‘Mania. Not sure exactly how you’d book the finish though, maybe have a whole bunch of heels pile onto him? Would also set up some interim feuds that way too.
Jamie: For wrestling logic Ryback must win, but why build up a Cena/Rock/Punk title scenario if Ryback will be carrying the belt? My gut says he won’t win the title, but how do you win a Hell in a Cell match without also winning the title? Referee stoppage? Non finish? Either of those scenarios would be a slap in the face to paying customers, although the latter would draw huge heat for Punk.
The feud behind this match is Punk vs Vince, which is why I see one of them being the focus at the end of the show, not Ryback. There is one Raw left, and Vince effectively one upped Punk last week, so maybe Punk wins this coming week’s battle? I see a stipulation being added, it’s the only way that WWE can dig themselves out of this hole.
Craig: So are you thinking Ryback might not actually make the match? I’m totally thrown by this one in general. As Jamie says, Ryback’ s gotta win but where does that leave things going forward? Be pointless building Ryback up and having him dropping the title soon after winning it. WCW dropped.the ball by ending Goldberg’s streak too soon. Surely even WWE in its present state isn’t daft enough to make the same mistake, is it?
Jamie: In fairness there hasn’t actually been too much attention paid to Ryback’s winning streak, of late at least. This may be an indicator of Punk claiming a tainted win, perhaps with Cena as the special guest referee? Although, Michael Cole may not actually use the words “winning streak” but we all know that Ryback is a monster that always wins, that’s all there is to him. The more I look at it the more I feel WWE has dug themselves into a hole with this match. Whether it happens next Sunday or in a couple of months WWE is surely going to drop the ball with Ryback. Had they not already booked The Rock for The Rumble and Wrestlemania then WWE would be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of a new headliner in Ryback. The problem is the man of the moment doesn’t fit into the bigger picture of Punk/Rock/Cena. The outcome of this match has got me fascinated, do WWE stick or twist?
James: We should also remember that Lesnar is booked for Rumble and ‘Mania and he has to fit with all those guys somewhere too. At least one if his matches will be against HHH, so who knows who his other opponent will be. Inserting Ryback into the title picture now seems like a very last minute decision. Either he wins it now and loses it back to Cena or Punk before The Royal Rumble, which would derail his momentum, or they come up with a bloody clever creative finish where he loses but is set up as a returning challenger, without him actually being pinned.
I don’t envy WWE’s position, they have really booked themselves into a corner.