[WWE News] ‘Survivor Series 2012’ Preview; Lineup + Predictions
In two days WWE presents one of its “big four” PPV events Survivor Series live from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Click “read more” for a full (announced) lineup of the show plus my own thoughts and predictions on each match should I have any.
Main Event: CM Punk (c) Vs. John Cena Vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship
- This match was made seemingly on the fly, as almost if WWE got scared that a “traditional Survivor Series match” wouldn’t be strong enough to increase PPV buys. As much as I hate to say it…it was the right move. The Survivor Series match had very little momentum (and still doesn’t, but we’ll get to that in a second), but this triple threat is definitely intriguing. Should Punk emerge the victor, he will officially be champion for one whole year the next night on Raw, the longest reigning champion of the modern era. That is astounding to those of us who came of age during the “Crash TV” era of late 90’s/early 2000’s WWF. The big question is if he can overcome his two biggest challenges at once and pull it off to reach this milestone. Although it would be an intriguing way to go to have Punk come this close to making history and having someone take it away from him, I don’t see anyone other than Punk coming out of this one. Cena is bogged down in the AJ Lee scandal storyline and has his own stuff to take care of while Ryback…he’s over, but he’s not WWE Champion over. At least not to me. I’m not exactly sure how they do it but I’m pretty sure of the outcome and I’m all for it.
- Prediction: CM Punk retains the WWE Championship
Survivor Series Match: Team Foley (Randy Orton/Kofi Kingston/The Miz/Daniel Bryan/Kane) Vs. Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler/Alberto Del Rio/Wade Barrett/Damien Sandow/Cody Rhodes)
- Talk about a match that means almost nothing now; when originally announced it was going to be Team Foley against Team Punk with the narrative focused on Foley trying to teach the WWE Champion a lesson. And then a week later, Vinny Mac comes out and completely changes everything so now Team Punk is Team Ziggler and outside of the feuds already built in with the participants there’s little to no heat. Foley and Ziggler have no beef, no history, no nothing, so “The Hardcore Legend”‘s involvement is completely unnecessary at this point. Judging by Foley barely even paying attention to his team on Raw, I think he would agree with me. So yay for a traditional Survivor Series match, but boo for the whole point of the match being signed in the first place getting completely cut out. Who will win? I’m going to go with Team Foley; one of the two highlight matches should have a face-centered outcome. But let’s be real…do any of us care anymore? (Editor’s Note: As of 11/15, the time of this writing, Cody Rhodes is still in the match; he very well could be replaced in this match so sorry ahead of time if I don’t change the lineup in time.)
- Prediction: Team Foley
The Big Show (c) Vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship
- The Show/Sheamus feud has been way more interesting than I expected it to be; Show has been gold since returning as a no-nonsense giant and through this feud Sheamus has found a way to tuck back the “happy go lucky” part of his character and return to the more intense “I want to fight” part that many fans prefer since it doesn’t involve horrifyingly racist remarks. I’m thinking Show will retain the title here in another close contest. Show has more options for opponents than Sheamus does and plus: Show deserves to be given an actual chance to run with the ball again.
- Prediction: The Big Show retains the World Heavyweight Championship
Antonio Cesaro (c) Vs. R-Truth for the WWE United States Championship
- Unfunny satchel/purse jokes aside, Cesaro has been the strongest secondary champion in the WWE and his momentum keeps building. A win over Truth would help make him look even more dominant as champion, and Truth can take the loss since, frankly, he’s more of a “comedic” character than a serious title contender at this point.
- Prediction: Antonio Cesaro retains the United States Championship
Eve Torres (c) Vs. Kaitlyn for the WWE Divas Championship
- This feud has been raging on for far longer than I ever thought possible and even on Raw the announcers sounded sick of talking about it and shelved during the barely three minutes total television time the Divas received. Eve has been great as Divas Champion, diversifying her move set and playing a great smarmy heel, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Kaitlyn pulls this one off and finally ascends to the title and effectively gaining the upper hand in their feud (maybe even ending it). But there’s always the chance they drag it out so eep.
- Prediction: Kaitlyn becomes the new Divas Champion
Survivor Series Pre-Show: Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel Vs. 3MB (Heath Slater/Jinder Mahal/Drew McIntyre)
- Again as of this writing it hasn’t been decided which two members of 3MB will do battle during the pre-show, but I wouldn’t be shocked is Slater/Mahal were the two chosen since they’ve been working as a team these past few weeks while McIntyre has been dealing with the death of his mother (my condolences to the man by the way; I lost my mom too and it hurts more than you can imagine). Either way this looks like an interesting match-up and it’s always fun to see Kidd/Gabriel team up. They could be such a great tag team if given the chance…but I don’t think Sunday will be their night. 3MB simply has more going on at the moment.
- Prediction: 3MB
And there’s your basic rundown of the show. At five matches it looks a little light so I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one random match added just to pad the time out (unless the two main matches are really going to last that long). Agree? Disagree? Feel free to spout off in the comments section or through email.
WWE Survivor Series 2012 takes place live from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN on November 18, 2012. The show starts at 8PM/7PM Central and will be available both through traditional PPV outlets as well as online at WWE.com.