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
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.