Survivor Series is among the “Big Four” Pay-Per-Views, having been around since 1987. However, the event hasn’t lived up to expectations in recent years.
The 2013 edition could have a similar fate, with a lackluster main event. WWE champion Randy Orton will fight a returning Big Show, who was just rehired in the storyline. It’s the fourth time Orton has been involved in a WWE title match in the last two months.
Most of the championships won’t be defended at the PPV. Besides the matchup between Orton and Big Show, John Cena will defend the World Heavyweight title against Alberto Del Rio. The United States Champion, Tag Team Champions and Divas Champions are all involved in matches, but none will put their belts on the line. Big E Langston beat Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental title on Monday Night Raw, but a rematch has yet to be announced.
A few of the WWE’s biggest superstars don’t have matches scheduled. Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Damien Sandow could all be left of the PPV. Five matches are on the official card, as well as one on the pre-show, though more could be added by Sunday night.
WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Big Show
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The WWE title has switched hands so many times since SummerSlam that it only makes sense for Orton hold onto it for a few PPV’s. On Raw, Triple H told Orton that he wouldn’t receive any outside help during his match, leaving the possibility for Big Show to win the title for the first time in 11 years. However, the “Face of the WWE” will likely find a way to retain the belt.
Prediction Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Champion John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
This could be the end of Del Rio’s consistent run near the top of the card. The match has no special stipulations, and Cena won’t lose cleanly to the former champ. Since Sandow was unsuccessful when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, it appears that Cena could be in for a long championship run to give the World Heavyweight Title more relevancy.
Prediction: John Cena
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper
Punk and Bryan are now teaming up, but this could be the start of a feud that culminates with the two fighting for the WWE title at WrestleMania 30. Bray Wyatt isn’t listed as a participant in the match, but he’ll find a way to get involved somehow. If the Wyatts go over, it could plant the seeds for a rift between two of the WWE’s top babyfaces.
Prediction: Erick Rowan & Luke Harper
WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust, The Usos & Rey Mysterio vs. The Shield & The Real Americans (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match)
Cody Rhodes and Goldust have had nothing but good matches since they teamed up, so this might end up being the highlight of the PPV. The tag titles aren’t on the line, so it’s possible to see them finish on the losing end. However, The Shield has shown signs that they could be headed for a break-up, with Dean Ambrose knocking Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins for no longer being champs. The match should come down to a one of the title holders versus a member of The Shield, with Cody or Goldust coming out on top.
Prediction: Cody Rhodes & Goldust, The Usos & Rey Mysterio
Natalya, The Bellas, The Funkadactyls, JoJo & Eva Marie vs. Divas Champion AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Rosa, Summer Rae, Aksana & Alicia Fox
The match is yet another advertisement for “Total Divas,” which just began the second part of Season One. Look for the cast of the show to be victorious, with AJ being involved in the finish. It could establish the next challenger for the Divas championship.
Prediction: Natalya, The Bellas, The Funkadactyls, JoJo & Eva Marie
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz (Kickoff Match)
The match was made when The Miz turned on Kofi in their tag team match on Raw. It was reported that The Miz had turned heel during a house show and now it seems that the transition is complete. He became a babyface right before Survivor Series last year, but the move didn’t get over with fans. In his first PPV match since returning as a bad guy, look for The Miz to use heel tactics for the win.
Prediction: The Miz