5 ways to make a memorable 2012 Survivor Series
Nov 2, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
by Tom G
With just a bit more than two weeks to go until the Survivor Series, this time I take a look at 5 ways to make sure this event is memorable.
As a long time fan I have watched each and every Survivor Series live, be it Thanksgiving night or a random November Sunday. There is some great history with this event, but at a time when many people consider WWE stagnant at best, I offer 5 ways to make a great event and a more fun WWE.
1. Add some survival to the series.
We know of two matches already, but how about WWE up the ante with a true match of survival: get eliminated and get fired. Storyline firing likely, but a good way to get someone off TV for a rest or a repackaging. Let’s, for hypothetical sake, say WWE signs Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Zach Ryder and Ted DiBiase vs. Prime Time Players & 3MB. You can add the stipulation that only the losing team’s losers lose their jobs, so throughout the match you see the excitement of wondering if Santino keeps his job or Darren Young goes away for good. (Again, hypothetical, just using random guys, don’t get too worked up yet.) With the right teams, this stipulation could add quite a bit of drama and story to the match. Five guys could be gone? A bit extreme, but a bit different!
2. Add a cool stipulation to the World Title Match.
The Big Show/Sheamus rivalry has actually been more entertaining than I would have guessed. Marry this with the fact that Survivor Series has traditionally featured a variety of stipulation matches and you have a win-win scenario for an epic rematch. There are a lot of ways this one could go, but I would suggest something that allows for these two to show off their more brutal sides. Some are already suggesting a last man standing bout, but I would prefer a chain match. Let’s tie these two together and let them swing that chain. And as a nod to a former Thanksgiving tradition, maybe Roddy Piper comes in as special referee?
3. Reboot the diva’s division.
Each week it seems like another diva has headed to the WWE exit. With a larger developmental system, perhaps it is time to bite the bullet and bring some of the girls up to the main roster. Let’s have Layla and Kaitlyn co-captain a team against Eve and Aksana. A quick storyline needs to be whipped up explaining why each team is searching the country, heck the world, to find the ultimate divas team. We’ll have six new divas, and if even half of them click, we’re doing a little better than we are now.
4. Make something big happen without having to wait for a Monday pay-off.
One thing I miss about old ppv’s is the idea that any kind of surprise could happen. If I could bring anything back, it would be that idea. So, let’s do it. Let’s assume John Cena and Dolph Ziggler are going to captain opposing teams at this year’s event (though a singles match would do). Cena will team with Brodus Clay, R-Truth, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel against Ziggler’s team of Antonio Cesaro, Wade Barrett, Tensai and David Otunga. The match comes down to Cena and Kidd against Ziggler, Cesaro and Otunga. Cena gets worked over and Kidd drops from the ring refusing to make a tag. Ziggler pins Cena and begins to celebrate as a “Whoooooo” comes over the sound system. Ric Flair makes his way to the ring to celebrate with the new Four Horseman: Ziggler, Kidd, Cesaro and Otunga. This new feud keeps Cena busy until Wrestlemania and his likely Rock rematch. Fans get a new Four Horseman, which is probably way past its time, as ‘80s nostalgia is always in!
5. Have a NXT match.
The Survivor Series has featured NWA, Smoky Mountain and WCW matches in the past, so why not NXT? I would be excited to see some new talent, and heck, NXT shouldn’t be some secret online. The main roster is a bit thin right now, so let’s mix things up a little. Maybe another stipulation here: the survivors get WWE contracts?
It would be a lot to expect all of these things to take place, but even one or two could add a bit of a spark to the event. The seeds of Wrestlemania are typically planted at the Survivor Series. I look forward to seeing what comes next.