CALDWELL'S TAKE FIVE REASONS: Why you should & should not order WWE's Survivor Series PPV on Sunday
Nov 17, 2012 - 1:56:04 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Five Reasons Why You Should Order Survivor Series
(1) Potential for WWE Title change in main event. The safe-bet is C.M. Punk retains the WWE Title over John Cena and Ryback, but there's always a chance that Vince McMahon pulls the trigger on a major title change to shake things up, especially with Raw stuck in a ratings slump.
(2) Traditional Survivor Series match. With Miz on the face side, Orton rumored to be turning heel (again), Team Hell No in a combustible environment, and Mick Foley in the mix, there's potential for an eventful, memorable Survivor Series match.
(3) Big Show vs. Sheamus. The World Title match exceeded expectations last month at Hell in a Cell when Show captured the World Title. Can they duplicate last month's success on Sunday?
(4) Antonio Cesaro. The U.S. champion is finally engaged in an attempted feud - with R-Truth - and there is potential for Cesaro to have a break-out match...or at least use his eye-popping European Uppercut in a new way. It's the new mid-air RKO of WWE.
(5) It's Survivor Series. It's a traditional, Big Four PPV that could set the stage for where WWE wants to go heading into WrestleMania Season.
Five Reasons Why You Should Not Order Survivor Series
(1) Potential for dissatisfying main event finish. If WWE plays it safe with Punk vs. Cena vs. Ryback, the likely finish is Cena and Ryback cancel each other, then Punk steals the win. The match itself should be good, but the finish may leave something to be desired.
(2) Potential for uneventful Survivor Series match. WWE may play it safe with a paint-by-numbers traditional match that feels more like it belongs on television than on pay-per-view.
(3) Weak undercard. WWE currently has five matches on the PPV line-up, which means potential for a handful of weak, fill-in-the-blank "bonus matches" added to fill time.
(4) There's enough content on free TV. Is a three-way title match worth $50+ after WWE delivered a clean finish to Punk vs. Cena on Raw? And, is the traditional Survivor Series match enough of a draw in 2012 to make this PPV stand out from three hours of Raw, two hours of Smackdown, and one hour of Main Event?
(5a) It's Survivor Series. WWE nearly scrapped this PPV three years ago. This year, WWE completely reshuffled the line-up mid-way through promoting the PPV, which is not a good sign for the planning that will go into this event.
(5b) Jerry Lawler heart attack angle. After Monday's Raw, many people questioned whether they want to give WWE their money after feeling disgusted by WWE's presentation of Lawler's return to WWE TV. That's certainly a factor in making a PPV purchase six days removed from Raw.
Verdict: If you feel like rolling the dice on WWE's booking, this might be a surprisingly good PPV with at least one or two satisfying matches/events to warrant your time and money. However, WWE is like a 4-4 NFL team right now - too uneven in their performances from week to week and prone to disappointment. Mix that with an abundance of TV content available and Survivor Series not having the "must-see" feel it once had, and this PPV isn't a guaranteed thumbs-up on paper. Getting a feel for the event on the free YouTube pre-show could help make the final decision.
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