“A lot of people talk about the attitude era being so great but a lot of it was terrible crap, sex jokes and over-the-top terrible bad comedy. It was Jerry Springer-like. They made a joke about a woman’s breasts. Hilarious, but where’s the wrestling? I look back on a lot of stuff now, and I’m like where’s the wrestling? It’s just a lot of crappy jokes.”
Survivor Series hasn’t been a special show for a long time, but those of us who are unforgivably old remember it as one of the most fun wrestling shows of our youths. There’s no coincidence why the end of unique Survivor Series shows coincides with WWE moving to the monthly PPV cycle. The show had to conform to the style of the episodic PPV, and shoehorning weekly stories into 5-on-5 matches doesn’t work well.
Last years’ 5-on-5 match was terrific, but it was also a largely stand-alone affair. A whole show of then would be delightful, but also wouldn’t make any sense episodically. Hell in the Cell further steals its thunder by advertising a type of match many wrestling fans find theoretically more exciting than a 10-man elimination tag. Those fans are wrong.
People are just too busy in October to get fired up for a PPV. It’s just a lousy month for it. Businesses are gearing towards holidays, and students are drowning in stress and deadlines. If there were ever an ideal time for WWE to place an off season, its every day in between Summerslam and the Royal Rumble. Make Survivor Series a standalone show that requires no new TV to push, and make that be the island in between the finale and the new year.
The first Hell in the Cell PPV put a bad taste in my mouth, and it’s never recovered. The Undertaker defeated CM Punk in what can only be described as a burial in the second match on the show. It was the end of Punk’s great run with the World Heavyweight Championship, a title he’d never hold again.
Screw that guy.