The card is set for tonight’s Survivor Series event, the 27th such event in WWE history, and for once it seems that the midcard is the selling point of the show.
Tonight’s Survivor Series features three title matches and two traditional Survivor Series matches, as well as an “open challenge” bout between Ryback and a mystery opponent. Given the three hour time frame, the card will likely fill out with a few unannounced bouts as well.
The final card for the event is as follows:
WWE Championship match: Big Show v. Randy Orton [c]
World Heavyweight Championship match: Alberto Del Rio v. John Cena [c]
Intercontinental Championship match: Curtis Axel v. Big E Langston [c]
Five on five Survivor Series Elimination match: WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust, The Usos, and Rey Mysterio v. The Real Americans and The Shield.
Seven on seven Divas Survivor Series Elimination match: Natalya, The Bellas, The Funkadactyls, Jojo, and Eva Marie v. AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae, and Aksana.
Daniel Bryan and CM Punk v. Luke Harper and Erik Rowan of The Wyatt Family.
Ryback’s “Open Challenge.”
Daniel Bryan and CM Punk v. Luke Harper and Erik Rowan:
Fresh off a three month feud for the WWE Championship, Daniel Bryan desperately needs a win and some momentum to regain a bit of the overness he lost being dragged through the mud week in and week out against The Authority. Both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have more to lose than The Wyatt Family has to gain in this match. Given the usual WWE booking, that will probably mean Daniel Bryan will take the clean pin in this match, though both Bryan and CM Punk could use the win to keep from being completely lost in the upper-midcard for however long they’ll be trapped there.
Winner: The Wyatt Family, Luke Harper and Erik Rowan.
Seven on seven Survivor Series Divas Elimination Match:
Given the push that the Total Divas cast has been receiving since their show started this past summer, and given the recent announcement that the series has been picked up for a second season, expect the Total Divas cast to win this elimination bout, likely with one of the Bellas picking up the final pin over Divas champ AJ Lee.
Winner: Team Total Divas
Five on five Survivor Series Elimination Match:
There is not much riding on this bout except a possible title shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship. Expect this bout to steal the show, as virtually every participant has been a part of some incredible multi-person matches the last few months. After some possible dissension in the ranks, expect the team of The Real Americans and The Shield to win the bout, with either Cesaro or Swagger picking up the deciding fall over The Rhodes Brothers to set up a feud for the Tag Team belts into December’s TLC pay-per-view. There may even be a possibility that Antonio Cesaro will be the bouts sole survivor, as Cesaro has been looking particularly strong in recent weeks.
Winner: The Real Americans and The Shield.
Ryback’s Open Challenge:
Expect Mark Henry to answer Ryback’s challenge and pick up a win in short order, granting Ryback yet another disappointing pay-per-view loss.
Winner: Mark Henry.
Big E Langston v. Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship:
Giving Langston the win on WWE RAW this past Monday seems wasteful at the moment, as a high profile win on one of the WWE’s “Big Four” pay-per-view events could have done more to elevate both Big E Langston and the Intercontinental title, but that is a moot point now. Curtis Axel’s reign as champion was boring and forgettable, and there is no chance for him to regain the belt tonight. Big E Langston wins clean and keeps the strap.
Winner: Big E Langston.
John Cena v. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship:
In spite of reports that John Cena’s injury has been bothering him since returning to action at last month’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, it seems incredibly unlikely that he’ll be dropping the World Heavyweight Championship anytime soon. While Alberto Del Rio has been something of a belt-magnet in his career, particularly with the WHC, do not expect him to walk out with the belt tonight. John Cena wins with the STF, forcing Del Rio to tap.
Winner: John Cena
Big Show v. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship:
This past Monday on RAW, Triple H told WWE Champion Randy Orton that he would receive no outside help from The Authority in his championship bout tonight. This sets up a number of possibilities, including heel turn number one thousand from Big Show. Thankfully, one should not expect this to be the case. Expect Orton to use a few cheap tricks to pick up the win and retain the WWE Championship, cementing his spot with The Authority as “The Face of WWE.”
Winner: Randy Orton
While this evening’s main events look to be rather bland, the midcard bouts should feature some incredible wrestling that any WWE fan could get behind. The five on five elimination bout promises to steal the show, as these performers have been unbelievable in these chaotic situations in recent weeks. Expect a solid, if not amazing, pay-per-view event tonight.
Survivor Series starts at 7c, only on pay-per-view.