Preview: WWE Survivor Series 2010

The Survivor Series is WWE’s second-longest running PPV event (second only to WrestleMania) and one of the WWE’s “big four” PPVs (along with WM, Royal Rumble and SummerSlam).  Back in February, Vince McMahon had announced that the name would be retired, but apparently that didn’t stick as we’re getting another edition this year.  The original gimmick of elimination tag matches has faded over the years besides one or two for old time’s sake.  More recently, the show has been synonymous with major screwjobs, as the infamous Montreal incident between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels happened at the event in 1997.

But enough about history.  Let’s run down the card.

WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton(c) vs. Wade Barrett w/John Cena as special guest referee
Last month, Wade Barrett faced Orton at Bragging Rights accompanied by forced Nexus member John Cena, who was under orders that he would be fired if Barrett did not win the match.  Cena followed Barrett’s instructions literally, attacking his leader and getting Orton disqualified, thus giving Barrett the win, but not Orton’s title.  Since he technically won the match, Barrett was awarded a rematch by the anonymous general manager of Raw, and even got to choose a special guest referee when Cena defeated Orton on Raw, with Barrett using the same trick Cena had used on him.

Learning from his past mistakes, Barrett ordered Cena that he would be fired if Barrett did win the title at Survivor Series, but Cena had finally had enough and was prepared to quit.  To keep his insurance policy, Barrett made Cena an offer that if Cena counted the victory for Barrett, he would be freed of his obligation to the Nexus.  This, of course, didn’t sit well with Randy Orton, espectially not with Cena ally R-Truth stirring the pot by telling Orton that he believed Cena would screw him out of the title.

As the WWE is not about to pull Cena off of TV any time soon, I suspect that something will happen to keep Cena around, though I think it’s too obvious that he will simply award the match to Barrett.  Being that this is the Survivor Series – the screwjob show of the year – I’m thinking that something big will come from either Cena or R-Truth, who isn’t booked for a match.  Also a factor is The Miz who is threatening to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase (and is also not booked to compete on the show).  This will be a match to watch.

World Heavyweight Championship
Kane(c) vs. Edge
After ridding the WWE of the Undertaker in last month’s Buried Alive match, Kane has found himself without a feud.  This hole was filled by Edge, who won a #1 contender’s match on Smackdown, defeating Rey Mysterio and Alberto del Rio.  There’s little friction between Kane and Edge beyond the common babyface/heel tension.  Edge kidnapped Kane’s manager/father Paul Bearer two weeks ago and has been wheeling him around, duct taped to a chair, ever since.  That has made Kane verrrrrry angry, and apparently has thrown him a bit off of his game.  With the Undertaker back on the shelf due to injury, there’s little purpose to Kane’s continued title reign, so I could see Edge leaving with the title.  However, my gut is telling me that Kane retains.

United States Championship Match
Daniel Bryan(c) vs. Ted DiBiase (w/Maryse)
This match came out of left field on the last edition of Raw.  Up until this point, Ted DiBiase had been embroiled in a feud with Goldust, who had stolen his Million Dollar Championship belt.  The belt had been a center point in the NXT “wedding” angle between Goldust and Aksana, with DiBiase and Goldust even meeting at Bragging Rights, where DiBiase won the match but Goldust escaped with the title.  The whole thing came to a screeching halt on Raw when Goldust returned the Million Dollar title to the senior Ted DiBiase, who then tried to return it to his son.  The younger DiBiase refused the belt, saying he was going for something that wasn’t a hand-me-down.  I suppose it should be mentioned that the whole storyline was aborted just a day before Aksana was booted from NXT, but I’m sure that had noooooooothing to do with it.

Anyway, Ted DiBiase blindsided Daniel Bryan following a victory over Jack Swagger.  He nabbed Bryan’s U.S. title and held it above him.  The match was quickly signed.  Personally, I wish more build time was given to these guys, because a feud between the spoiled rich kid DiBiase and the hard working Bryan would be pretty good.  As it is, I’m thinking Bryan will retain his title and a program between the two will continue into TLC next month.

Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler(c) (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Kaval
Speaking of out of nowhere matches, this one popped up just yesterday when Kaval upset Ziggler in a match, then banked his guaranteed PPV title shot from winning season 2 of NXT.  Some might argue that it’s unfair that Kaval is using his shot on the IC title rather than the World title, but I’m all for it.  Does anyone see Kaval as a legitimate contender for someone like Kane?  Putting Kaval in the IC hunt is a much better place for him.  Well done there.

Anyway, the odds seem to favor Ziggler here.  Kaval has not had an impressive W/L record since coming to Smackdown, even losing to the likes of Chavo Guerrero (the guy who’s 0-34 against Hornswoggle).  But Ziggler does have problems of his own.  He was recently caught making out with his girlfriend Vickie’s NXT rookie Kaitlyn, which didn’t go over well.  I would say that Guerrero and Kaitlyn would factor into this match, but I also said that last month.  I’m thinking that Dolph’s set to retain.

Handicap Match for the Divas Championship
Team Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool & Layla)(c) vs. Natalya
This is Natalya’s third PPV attempt to get the Butterfly Belt away from the Lay-Cool duo.  At Hell in a Cell, Natalya defeated Michelle McCool when Layla got her disqualified, then at Bragging Rights, Natalya lost to Layla after McCool interfered.  Natalya persisted though, so Lay-Cool agreed to another title shot as long as both of them were defending the title.  Over the past month, Natalya has been dominant over her foes, which is usually a sign of losing at the PPV itself.  However, Lay-Cool did pull the win on the go-home show when Layla pinned Natalya in a tag match (along with Kelly Kelly), so I actually think Natalya has a shot here.  With her allies in the Hart Dynasty having just broken up on Raw, there’s no reason why Natalya cannot fully dedicate herself to the women’s division.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel)(c) vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov
The Nexus captured the tag titles from the Dashing Ones at Bragging Rights, though at the time it was John Cena and David Otunga.  Under orders of Wade Barrett, Otunga laid down for his teammates, handing the belts over to Slater and Gabriel.  They’ve been pretty dominant since.  Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov are pretty much a comedy act, most recently having been involved in a number of encounters with Sheamus (see his match below).  They won the title opportunity by defeating the Usos on Raw, and have had no interaction with the Nexus thus far.  Logic says that the Nexus will win soundly, but I’m personally hoping that Marella and Kozlov win the titles through some crazy, unforseen circumstance.  I have happy memories of Santino’s last title run (the Honk-a-Meter, anyone?), and would like to see what the duo could do with the largely ignored titles.

John Morrison vs. Sheamus
Weeks ago on Raw, Santino Marella scored perhaps the biggest upset since the 1-2-3 Kid pinned Razor Ramon by defeating Sheamus.  The Oirishman didn’t take the loss too well, and began stalking Santino to get revenge.  John Morrison stepped in to save Santino time and time again, as Santino kept getting himself into awkward mishaps that continued to anger Sheamus.  Finally, Morrison challenged Sheamus to a match, saying he was nothing more than a bully.  Sheamus initially declined to fight Morrison, but then blindsided him backstage and accepted the challenge for Survivor Series.  And here we are.

Sheamus has slid a bit since losing his WWE title to Randy Orton, so I expect him to pick up the win over Morrison to keep his heat going.  Sheamus is a solid worker and Morrison is pretty exciting to watch, so this should be a decent one.

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match
Team Mysterio (Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Chris Masters, Big Show, MVP) vs. Team del Rio (Alberto del Rio, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Cody Rhodes)
As is the case every year, an elimination tag team match is thrown in to pay tribute to the days when the PPV was filled with them.  This is pretty basic stuff.  Rey Mysterio is feuding with Alberto Del Rio, so they both form teams of anyone of their allignment not otherwise occupied.  Rey Mysterio has a babyface team while Alberto Del Rio has a heel team.  There’s nothing really more to this – it’s simply the good guys vs. the bad guys to further the feud of the captains.  Since Mysterio and his group have been on a roll as of late, I’m thinking del Rio will be the winning group here.  As for survivors?  I know that it won’t be Tyler Reks.  Probably Del Rio himself and maybe Jack Swagger.  Oh, and mark my words – Chris Masters is the first one out.

Worth Buying?
If you’re a fan of the Survivor Series concept from the 80’s, then this might not be the show for you.  There are less elimination tag matches than in recent years, but the one that is featured will be good.  The rest of the card looks pretty solid.  Kane vs. Edge may not exactly tear the house down, but look for something big to happen in Barrett vs. Orton.  Both the undercard title matches – Kaval vs. Ziggler and Bryan vs. DiBiase – will be quite good, especially the IC title match.  Unfortunately, we did just see it on Smackdown (since that is something I give TNA crap for all the time).  Morrison vs. Sheamus will be okay, though probably not great.  And maybe, hopefully, this will be the night that Lay-Cool FINALLY gets beaten.

So yeah, this show looks to be pretty good.  Go ahead if you have the money to spare.


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