We are just five days away from one of the “big four” WWE pay-per-views as this Sunday WWE Survivor Series will take place live from Boston, Massachusetts. Following Monday’s “RAW Country” show, we have six of the matches confirmed for the big show. In the following space, we are going to analyze each match individually. I’ll spare the big, elaborate introduction. Let’s get right into it …
– Randy Orton (c) vs. Big Show
Boone’s Breakdown: At first glance, it would seem obvious that Big Show is going over and winning the WWE Championship in this one. However, anyone who watches pro wrestling as long as I have can see a swerve coming by now. Unless WWE changes direction to swerve fans who are expecting the swerve, it seems apparent to me that Randy Orton will walk away with the title. They set up a stipulation on RAW that claimed The Shield would not have Orton’s back on Sunday so that he could prove he is worthy of being called “the face of WWE.” Regardless, I expect the new “Corporate” Kane to get involved. Kane helps Orton retain, and we move to a Kane vs. Big Show match at TLC. Original reports claimed that Triple H vs. Big Show would take place at the TLC show in December, but I don’t see Triple H putting the boots back on to headline a B-level show such as TLC. Throwing Kane into the mix buys some time, allowing the company to get to their Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January, where I expect Big Show vs. Triple H as one of the featured matches. We’ll see what happens this Sunday.
– John Cena (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Boone’s Breakdown: Your name doesn’t have to be “Dolphins1925” to correctly predict a Cena victory in this one. The real “face of the WWE” is back, and I can’t see him dropping his title in his first pay-per-view defense, especially against the guy he won it from. The build up to this one has been pretty decent, with a lot of focus being on Cena’s surgically repaired arm. Expect Del Rio to put heavy emphasis in the match on attacking Cena’s arm, setting up a cool false-finish spot with Del Rio’s Cross Armbreaker submission hold. Cena could get caught in the arm lock, power Del Rio up into the Attitude Adjustment and score the 1-2-3 out of that spot. We’ve seen it before, but I expect to see it again, or something similar to that, on pay-per-view this Sunday night. It will be interesting to see who Cena’s new dance partner will be after Survivor Series, as unless I’m having trouble remembering, the company hasn’t alluded to any new challengers to the champ coming out of the show.
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
– The Usos, Goldust, Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio vs. The Shield and The Real Americans
Boone’s Breakdown: You’ve got to love the possibilities in this match. Anything The Shield has been associated with lately has been awesome. Anything Goldust and Cody Rhodes has been associated with has been awesome. We’ll get at least one “giant swing” from Antonio Cesaro, so that’s always cool. It will be fun to see how they utilize the traditional elimination aspect in this match. Obviously the babyfaces will be out-numbered at some point, and it will be interesting to see who they go with in the clutch. Rey Mysterio returns to pay-per-view action in this one, and I can’t remember the last time he was in a bad match. This should be great. A lot of fun.
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
– AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Aksana, Kaitlyn and Rosa Mendes vs. The Bella Twins, The Funkadactyls, Natalya, Eva Marie and JoJo
Boone’s Breakdown: Well, this has train wreck written all over it. The few people who remain in the building that aren’t taking piss or popcorn breaks are going to be bored to tears. Everyone watching at home will likely be praying for this to end quickly. With it being a traditional elimination match, and there being so many participants involved, this has to go longer than a typical Divas match generally does. That very thought is frightening. But then again, everyone enjoys a good train wreck from time-to-time. Let’s hope, for the sake of our sanity, that this does not closely resemble, in any way, shape or form, Monday’s already infamous “Divas Musical Chairs” segment. Ouch.
– CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Boone’s Breakdown: When the lights are bright, and the camera’s are rolling, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan know how to deliver a grade-A match in the ring. I expect nothing less this Sunday at Survivor Series. I’m a little disappointed in the build-up to this match, as I expected some awesome microphone work back-and-forth between Punk and Bray Wyatt to hype fans up for this showdown. That aside, the match itself should be awesome. I, for one, hope there’s some controversy involved in the finish. With Bray Wyatt yet to be booked in a match on the pay-per-view, maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll get involved in the finish, setting up a singles program between himself and Punk so that we can have that mic-work back-and-forth between those two for the next several weeks on RAW. Either way, this should be a great match. Yes! Yes! Yes!
Survivor Series Kickoff Show Match
– The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
Boone’s Breakdown: After teasing throughout the WWE European tour that he would be turning back heel, The Miz finally pulled the trigger on RAW Country this past Monday night. Miz screwed over his tag-team partner Kofi Kingston on the show, which led to this match being booked. I’m assuming, especially with this just being used as a Kickoff Show match, that this match is designed to further establish The Miz’s heel turn. With that said, Miz will likely go over here, and probably do so in a dreaded, dastardly type of way. Either way, these two are solid in-ring performers and this should be a fun little pre-show contest.
Survivor Series Kickoff Show Hall Of Fame Expert Panel
– Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Mick Foley, Booker T and Josh Mathews
Boone’s Breakdown: I can’t ever recall being excited for a pay-per-view “expert panel” in the past. For once, the phrase “expert panel” lives up to the billing. You’ll find few past Superstars who are actually “experts” more so than Bret Hart, Mick Foley and sure, even Booker T. All three guys are fun to listen to, and should provide some entertainment and informative insight in between matches throughout the show. Growing up a huge Bret Hart fan, and becoming a Mick Foley mark in my teenage years, I’m always excited when they’re involved in some form or fashion on a big WWE event. Survivor Series this Sunday is no exception. Should be a lot of fun.
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