Powell's WWE Survivor Series preview and predictions: Will either of the World Titles change hands? Who will survive the Survivor Series elimination match? Will C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan continue to dominate The Wyatts?
By Jason Powell
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Randy Orton vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship: This is the biggest problem with the pay-per-view. WWE spent so much time putting heat on Triple H that people wanted to see both Daniel Bryan and now Big Show face him. Furthermore, they did so much damage to the WWE Championship during the Abeyance Era that it's just not a draw right now. Finally, people like Big Show. I'm just not convinced the like him like him. Junior High me can totally relate. Heel Big Show is truly great at times. Jolly giant babyface Big Show just does not strike me as a performer that people pay to see headline pay-per-views. I suspect this is a setup match for something at TLC. We know Triple H and The Shield won't be interfering. Does that mean Kane interferes instead?
Randy Orton retains the WWE Championship.
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship: WWE could make Del Rio feel like a major player by having him defeat a wounded Cena in front of his hometown fans. If they do, then you just know Cena would take the title back in a rematch at the TLC pay-per-view. Rather, I just assume we'll see Cena go over, yet something will happen to set up a rematch that people don't want to see at TLC. Hell, how many people want to see this rematch? We already saw a one-armed Cena beat Del Rio last month, so WWE's attempt to make Cena seem vulnerable because of the arm is laughable. It will be interesting to see whether Del Rio can deliver a quality effort after Damien Sandow upstaged him with his aggressive and awesome performance against Cena the night after Hell in a Cell.
John Cena retains the World Heavyweight Championship.
C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: There should be more excitement about this match, but WWE blew the setup. The Wyatt Family should still feel like unbeatable monsters. Punk and Bryan have enough negative history that there should have been some story about the duo putting their past differences because of their common enemy. Instead, Punk and Bryan came together quickly and easily, and they've beaten the Wyatt Family members in singles matches repeatedly. I still expect this match to be fun once the bell rings, but creative failed to make this the attraction that it could have been. I'll go with Bray Wyatt interfering to give his team the win or something else that sets up yet another TLC rematch.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan win with help from Bray Wyatt.
Rey Mysterio, Goldust, Cody Rhodes, The Uso Brothers vs. The Shield and The Real Americans in a Survivor Series elimination match: This has a great chance to be the show stealing match. WWE can go with the big happy ending or use it to put some heat back on The Shield. My guess is actually that they use the match to make Roman Reigns look like a beast. Whether he looks extremely strong in defeat or plows through the babyfaces and wins the match as the soul survivor remains to be seen, but I do suspect this will be a showcase match for him. The alternative is to have him eliminated quickly due to a mistake made by one of the other members of his trio, but I hope that's not the plan because it's too soon to break up The Shield. By the way, why didn't WWE keep the mystery man identity alive going into the pay-per-view? Sure, Mysterio would not have pleased everyone, but he would have been satisfying enough to work as a solid payoff.
The Shield and Real Americans win in a showcase for Roman Reigns.
Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Title: The only possible scenario where I see Axel winning is if Paul Heyman returns and they reunite. I don't see it happening. Langston just won the title and I don't see any reason to take it away from him.
Big E Langston retains the Intercontinental Title.
Natalya, The Bella Twins, Cameron, Naomi, Eva Marie, JoJo vs. A.J. Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae, Aksana, and Alicia Fox in a Survivor Series elimination match: Can WWE get through a 14-woman elimination match in less than four minutes? The Total Divas vs. The Non-Total Divas storyline just won't end. It's not become completely absurd as A.J. Lee and Kaitlyn find themselves on the same team without explanation despite their history. For that matter, Total Divas viewers know that the Bella Twins and Eva Marie don't get along in that universe. I assume someone from the Total Divas side pins A.J. Lee to set up her next title match. Truth be told, I don't care who that person is.
Total Divas cast wins.
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz: Kingston and Miz work pretty well together so this should be a good opener. Miz just turned (or something) and I assume he gets the in here since this program just started.
The Miz wins.
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