I gave my fellow wrestling pundits a hard time earlier today. And while some of it was deserved, I can’t really harass them too much. Survivor Series ain’t an easy egg to crack.
Survivor Series is unquestionably the most difficult show of the year to predict. From the outset, it has been a place where WWE tries new things, allows heels to completely dominate, inadvertently creates conspiracies, and even settles major stories. So unlike Wrestlemania (where you can expect them to give you the best bang for your buck), Royal Rumble (where you can expect the almost always-awesome Rumble match), and Summerslam (where you can sleep knowing nothing interesting happened), Survivor Series is almost always a wait-and-see. Some years it’s surprisingly awesome, and some years it’s a total bore. But one thing’s for sure: Survivor Series is the only Pay Per View where WWE would book a match involving Steve Austin dropping HHH from a crane while inside of a car.
Here’s what I think will happen this year. I’ve no doubt this year’s Survivor Series will be built similarly to Wrestlemania XVII: no title changes, no big unexpected turns (Cena and Rock coming to blows does not constitute a surprise) and nothing that typically defines a memorable wrestling show. WWE is becoming very good at distilling the things we used to take for granted and treating them as special. Kevin Nash doing a surprise run-in is now ‘special,’ done only on PPV. Great matches like Christian and Orton are left to PPV. The plot can confuse and frustrate over on Raw, but exposition is generally left off the big shows. On PPV, actions are clearly communicated. How much more enjoyable would WWE be if the only shows you watched were the 14 PPVs? Anyways, expect a Wrestlemania-style show, where nothing is confusing, a lack of bullshit is somehow disappointing, and The Rock ends up looking great.