WWE made some big changes to this month’s Survivor Series 2012 Pay Per View on RAW last night. Read an early preview of the three announced matches below.
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Ryback
WWE boss Vince McMahon must have listened to the WWE Universe last week when the response to the Team Punk vs. Team Foley 5-on-5 Elimination match was announced. The luke warm reaction to the match, the members for each team, and odd pairing of WWE Champion CM Punk with the man he defeated for the title last year at the November classic may have made McMahon and the WWE brass change their collective minds.
The change to a Triple Threat Match for the WWE title with Punk pitted between his two most threatening rivals, Ryback and John Cena appears to have some initial interest and a feel of intrigue with angle of Punk trying to retain to become one of the longest reigning champs in WWE history. Punk once again can play his complaining heel perspective of the WWE pitting the odds against him with their ‘poster boys’.
Of course, WWE’s week-to-week manic creative direction is going to hurt the story as it has only one more episode of RAW to make it work and the distraction of rogue referee Brad Maddox being offered a $1 Million opportunity against the Ryback by Mr. McMahon.
World Heavyweight Champion Big Show vs. Sheamus
This is an obvious rematch to a standout match from the Hell in a Cell PPV. The match was not a barn-burner but on an otherwise underwhelming Pay Per View, it stole the show especially with the violent brutality displayed in the closing minutes. WWE can replay the same story of Sheamus’s Brogue Kick versus Big Show’s K.O. Punch, but if they did it would exciting to see both men go for hay-makers in their rematch with close falls.
WWE will be running a special live ‘Super’ Smackdown townight on SyFy where more developments will likely be made in the rematch story for the World title.
Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match)
Team Foley: Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Kane and a member yet to be determined
Team Ziggler: Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Damian Sandow, Cody Rhodes , and Wade Barrett.
Well this is refreshing to see Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler in a hot position to take on a true veteran in Mick Foley. Now Foley may not be in action (he unfortunately does not appear to be in shape to do so), but wrestling fans with with a strong memory can recall Ziggler and Foley trading words in a tense exchange on RAW in January of this year prior to the Royal Rumble. The exchange played off some driving principles of both characters.
Now the Traditional Survivor Series 5-on-5 Match is not lost on the Survivor Series card, but does anybody care? Only time will tell. WWE has tied several individual programs between the opposing team members into one big match, as is the customary booking with SS matches. That play-by-numbers booking may not bode well, if each team does not have something to lose come November 18th in Indianapolis.
The real play that can be made here is who will fill the spots left by Ryback. Could Foley lace up his gym shoes for a rare match where his physical limitations can be hidden in a pack of 9 other wrestlers? Does Foley pick a young WWE star to shake things up? Does a missing wrestler return to the fill the spot ? It creates a lot of fun questions which give the match some new pull with the WWE Universe.
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