WWE Survivor Series 2011: Preview and My Finishes

WWE Survivor Series 2011 has revolved around one matchup. John Cena and The Rock taking Awesome Truth in what will be Dwayne Johnson’s first wrestling match in seven years! Normally, the thought of Dwayne lacing up the boots for one more match would delight any pro wrestling fan. However, I’ve found the build for this big four pay per view to be lackluster and foolishly booked to a point where the WWE acted out of lack of knowledge while compensating fans with predictable programming.

Because of this, I feel it’s only right for me to provide readers with an alternative. My plan isn’t intricate whatsoever; I will discuss each matchup while creating the finishes that will play a necessary role in future storylines.

Enjoy

Team Barrett vs. Team Orton:

I expect great things from the competitors in this match with Team Orton prevailing. However, if I was deciding the finish, Team Barrett would triumph over Team Orton as the winners. You see, the WWE has done exceptionally well in reestablish Wade Barrett over the course of several weeks. The Englishman has compiled an exquisite set of wins over the likes of Sheamus and Randy Orton. If the WWE has a long term plan for Barrett, his team should pick up the win here. With the likes of Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger sharing the spotlight at Survivor Series, it would be reasonable to have them go over as it’ll be great for their future.

My Finish: Sheamus would be counted out or disqualified after pinning Rhodes. This would leave Barrett and Orton to decide a winner. Obviously, Randy would need to save face as the chance of him putting over Barrett cleanly is slim to none. Barrett would utilize a dirty tactic (interference, low blow etc.) and finish Orton with the Wasteland.

Beth Phoenix vs. Eve:

I must say, the WWE hasn’t given me a reason to care for their Divas Division, thus explaining why I’ll keep this rather short. A stipulation was recently added to this match with Phoenix defending her Divas Championship in a LumberJill’s matchup. I feel as if both competitors will put on an exquisite match, echoing their performance at Vengeance but Phoenix will/should retain regardless. The primary reason for Phoenix’s retention is the impending feud between Phoenix and Natalya.

My Finish: Beth doesn’t need dirty tactics to defeat Eve Torres but I would have the babyface Divas interfere on Eve’s behalf when Phoenix is tossed outside of the squared circle. However, Beth will overcome this and retain the Glam Slam.

Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison:

This match will be the entertaining confrontation on this card. The problem is, the Internet (and the live audience too) will be too focused on Zack Ryder instead of enjoying the potential match of the year candidate. Yes, Ryder was able to persuade thousands to sign his petition for a U.S. Title match. However, Ryder has already partaken in two U.S. Championship matches with Ziggler and failed to capture the coveted championship. On the other hand, Morrison’s placement in this match was to thrust the support for Ryder to new levels. I don’t understand why Ryder’s fans fail to realize this but I believe Ryder will become Champion soon. Anyway, John Morrison has regained his “mojo” and intends of winning his first United States Championship this Sunday. The Shaman of Sexy picked up his first win in three months after defeating the Champion with a surprise crucifix. Because of the increased coverage of Morrison, his title match Sunday, and win over Ziggler last week, I believe Mr. Parkour is here to stay. This Sunday, John Morrison wins the United States Championship. The subsequent feud with Ryder will determine if Zack will be Santino Marella 2.0 or a potential main eventer. On the other hand, Dolph Ziggler will finally ascend to the top card.

Everybody wins

My Finish: I can’t decide on a solid finish to this matchup but I expect Ryder to be at ringside or involved nonetheless. It can go the simply route with Morrison defeating Ziggler with the Starship Pain or Morrison using a dirty tactic as a face (see Edge vs. Randy Orton RAW 2004 Intercontinental Championship) while disposing of Ryder after his win.

Mark Henry vs. Big Show:

The battle for the World Heavyweight Championship has certainly been a noteworthy one. I must say, these two put on one of the best big man matches I’ve watched in quite some time. However, I have a problem with the WWE using Daniel Bryan to progress the feud between these two. Anyway, I do feel as if these guys will put on another great match with Mark Henry retaining his World Championship.

My Finish: Mark Henry defeats Big Show clean.

Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk:

This feud has been repetitive and unbearable. It’s absolutely one sided and I quietly wait for the day it finally ends. As entertaining as CM Punk is, even he cannot make Alberto Del Rio slightly interesting. On the other hand, how many times has this match been given away on RAW? If I’m not mistaken, these two have already faced off on three occasions (on RAW). Anyway, I expect Alberto Del Rio to retain his WWE Championship but my booking plan differs.

My Finish: CM Punk defeats Del Rio cleanly for the WWE Championship. Therefore these two can face off at TLC and end this feud immediately.

The Miz and R-Truth vs. John Cena and The Rock:

Referencing what I stated above, this pay per view revolves around this match. Excuse me; this pay per view revolves around The Rock. The build for this pay per view has saw the other three competitors take on each other in handicap and tag team matches while the other guy sends his condolences via satellite. The matches have been lackluster while Awesome Truth have been dominated or needed to cheat to defeat Cena. So I ask the question, why is the Rock needed when Cena can beat them on his own? Anyway, Cena and Rock will display some friction throughout the matchup but they’ll pick up the win regardless.

My finish: The Rock and Cena will win clean but one has to attack the other after the match concludes. I still don’t think the WWE has the testicular fortitude to turn Cena heel but I would have him drop Rock with an Attitude Adjustment. However, Cena would not show any happy facial expressions like the last time he gave Dwayne an Attitude Adjustment. Cena will display some anger while quietly leaving Rock unconscious in the ring while giving the crowd a blank stare as he exits.

By doing this, it will create buzz about a possible heel turn thus causing fans to watch RAW the next night.

Cliffhanger

(The U.S. Title may change this weekend/tonight. If it does, I predict Ryder to finally win the U.S. Championship)

WWE: A Week in Review

Hello Revolutionaries.

For some time now, I’ve been trying to find a way where I could discuss and give my expert opinion on RAW/SD Results and wrestling news in one well thought out, entertaining, and insightful article. Because of time constraints, I’ve always been opposed to the idea but I’ve recently warmed up to the idea. Considering the level of mediocrity when it comes to this week’s programming, I felt this was a great opportunity to set this idea a blaze with its first edition.

First of all, here are some general (and brief) thoughts on Monday Night RAW.

RAW: I wasn’t surprised by the reception/delivery of this week’s RAW as the show was taped and the WWE has a tendency of producing lackluster shows in the UK. Anyway, John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler put on the match of the night. Live reports say this match was well received and most UK fans were generally into this match. Thing is, this didn’t translate too well on television as the crowd was clearly dead/silent.

The eye opener was Morrison winning the matchup. It changed my handling of Morrison’s contract situation as I thought he was leaving the company. Apparently, the saga continues and I’ll get to that momentarily.

Ziggler looked great as usual and I’m assuming the WWE is building towards a Ryder vs. JoMo vs. Ziggler in a U.S. title match at Survivor Series.

Kofi Kingston being squashed by Del Rio is obviously a result of Evan Bourne’s wellness violation. I’m against the guilty by association mindset the WWE is using when handling this. On the other hand, having Del Rio squash random mid carders isn’t helping his character. The WWE needs to realize that fans just don’t care about Berto.

It’s sad but it’s the truth.

Punk absolutely destroyed Del Rio on the microphone. Some blame Del Rio’s accent but I beg to differ.

Kevin Nash’s promo absolutely sucked and he was discombobulated for the majority of it.

Brodus Clay’s debut being pushed back to next week doesn’t bother me at all. I’m not hopping on the Clay bandwagon as he has yet to impress me (but I am hopping on the Ziggler bandwagon).

The Kelly/DOD segment wasn’t relevant at all and I could’ve done without it.

The main event was a typical tag team match with a pretty lackluster finish to be honest.

SmackDown: SmackDown once again topped RAW as the better show watch/digest. Orton should eliminate the predictable comebacks on his promos. Christian was entertaining as usual but I still feel he should’ve been the one to remain face while Orton turned heel.

Sheamus and Christian put on another watchable match with Sheamus triumphing over Christian with the Celtic cross. Personally, I understand the WWE’s thought process and the fact that they’re trying to establish Sheamus as the guy on SmackDown. However, Christian could’ve used this win. Logically, the heel would pin the face at least one to establish some credibility for the heel and the face when he finally defeats him. Sheamus destroying Christian in every encounter is destroying Christian’s credibility/relevance while providing predictable and repetitive programming to fans.

Having Mark Henry put Daniel Bryan over as gutsy displays a little intelligence on the WWE’s part but it doesn’t last.

Random Ezekiel Jackson promo that is totally irrelevant as Cody squashed him week in and week out.

Originally, I perceived this Teddy Long/Aksana flirtation as her plotting to rid Long of his position as SmackDown General Manager. However, the WWE has displayed a profound amount of ignorance and confusion with these segments. The inclusion of Alicia Fox only furthers along the confusion and randomness of these segments.

Ted Dibiase squashed Jinder Mahal.

I guess it’s somewhat intelligent that the WWE allowed Daniel Bryan to administer a little offense to the World’s Champion. However, Henry destroyed Bryan in less than three minutes and I’m still trying to figure out what the WWE is doing with Daniel Bryan. To those optimistic smarks that feel this is anything but the WWE using Bryan to progress the Show/Henry program, I say open your eyes.

Big Show randomly squashed three local jobbers. I guess this was supposed to impress Mark Henry?

Tamina vs. Alicia Fox was a passable Divas match. I must say, Alicia is a victim of the Anderson effect (random face/heel turn at any moment). Alicia won while Natalya randomly bashed her on commentary.

Oh my God, Mexican America has joined World Wrestling Entertainment. Seriously, I like the trio of Hunico, Epico, and Primo and it was obvious that these guys had chemistry. The Usos were great as usual and I like the trio of finishers Jey received after the match was over.

Randy Orton and Wade Barrett was an okay matchup. The fact that Wade Barrett won displays the fact that the WWE is trying to get the wheels rolling on Barrett and this push. This also gives Team Barrett a little credibility going into Survivor Series as most would expect a squash matchup (I still do).

NEWS!!!

John Morrison removed from tour dates: I’m pretty sure everyone has read about this considering every prominent dirt sheet has published four articles on it each day. Honestly, I have yet to figure this situation out as everything kayfabe wise suggests that Morrison has/will resign. I apologize for being a skeptic but there’s something about this situation that isn’t clicking with me. Dave Meltzer reporting that friends felt Morrison was going to TNA is ridiculous. John Morrison resides in Los Angeles, California.

Impact Wrestling is taped in Tampa, Florida.

Morrison would be traveling to the other side of the country to wrestle. I find that a far-fetched but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does leave the WWE in the imminent future but all signs point to a agreement.

Sheamus wants Undertaker at WrestleMania 28: This doesn’t surprise me at all. Originally, I picked Undertaker to face Sheamus, Wade Barrett, or Randy Orton in his final. It’s a strong possibility that it’ll be one of those names. Like I stated above, Sheamus is going to be one of the WWE’s biggest stars. The Undertaker rub at WrestleMania is unmatched and Sheamus’ career would benefit from it.

Cody Rhodes gimmick change: Initially, I read about this a few weeks ago. Nothing came to fruition and I quietly ignored the report. However, Cody began removing his mask and wrestling house shows without it so I considered it possible. That’s when Downstait stated that they were recording a new theme for Rhodes and I’ve been waiting for the change ever since.

I wonder what it’ll be. A nefarious gimmick similar to that of Chris Jericho would be refreshing.

John Laurinaitis Future Endeavors shirt released: Why? This is seriously a comedic tactic so the WWE can sell some extra t-shirts. Unfortunately, fans will think it’s humorous and purchase one.

Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal on Superstars: SmackDown worthy match that should’ve replaced Christian and Sheamus. Most of the live reports say Bryan pissed himself. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this matchup.

Christian injured: This is definitely a horrible time for Christian to suffer an injury. It is believed that he either sprained or broke his ankle. If it’s broken, Christian will need a replacement for Survivor Series as he is a prominent figure on Team Barrett. Christian is the all around best superstar on SmackDown so it would difficult to replace him but logic says add someone like Brodus Clay in his place.

Well that’s all for today folks. Be sure to like this page, subscribe to my blog, and read all my other post. Like EGW on Facebook, follow EGW on Twitter, vote in the EvE series.

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WWE: How I would book Daniel Bryan, John Morrison, and Christian’s 2011 Singles Run

Hello Revolutionaries, I apologize for my unnoticeable absence as I felt it was best that I take a week off from writing to gather ideas and prepare future projects. However, I’m back and I felt that it was best for me to address a recurring trend on current WWE programming. You see, I have a problem with the WWE’s booking direction of three of its most prominent Superstars.

Obviously, I am referring to Daniel Bryan, Christian, and John Morrison.

Unless you’ve decided to strap your viewership of the WWE, avoid social networks like twitter, and ignore your colleagues that are wrestling fans, you’d know that these three WWE Superstars have been reduced to losing a number of matches. While Morrison is in his current position because of obvious reasons, there isn’t a particular explanation for the burials of the American Dragon and Captain Charisma.

With this being said, I feel as if programming (particularly the mid card) would be better in general if the WWE would use these superstars to their potential.

Because of this, I’ve prepared booking plans for each superstar. Simply put, I’m going to dabble in fantasy booking and give readers an idea of how I would’ve booked each superstar going forward.

I’m going to start after WWE Money in the Bank (SummerSlam buildup) and stop at Hell in a Cell. This article will start the series and give readers an idea at what I’m trying to do.

SummerSlam Build/Event

Daniel Bryan: The American Dragon has just won the SmackDown MITB briefcase much to the shock of the IWC/WWE Universe. This is where the WWE should start building towards WrestleMania. Yes, I will retain Bryan’s WrestleMania cash in aspirations. Honestly, I enjoyed the mini feud between Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. There wasn’t anything I’d change about the build but I would add a match with Christian and the SummerSlam finish would be slightly altered.

Instead of having Wade Barrett go over clean, I would’ve introduced the briefcase into the occasion. I would introduce the typical inadvertent referee bump with Barrett realizing he has a golden opportunity to defeat Bryan with the briefcase. As Barrett swings the briefcase at Bryan, the Dragon would’ve countered it into the Lebell Lock. Bryan would force Barrett to submit but to no avail because of the ref bump.

As Bryan attempts to awake the referee, Barrett would blind side Bryan with the briefcase before using Wasteland for the win. I want to establish Barrett as a threat but allow him to retain his character through the dirty win.

I want to have the heel win the first match here so I can spark a program that’ll run for months and reinvest some interest in both Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. The MITB briefcase will become a factor at some point but I think you’ll enjoy my continuity of this angle in the next edition.

John Morrison: JoMo returned on the July 25th edition of RAW with an attack on R-Truth. Thing is, for someone who injured your neck (twice) and cost you months off your career, the attack was lackluster. Morrison would still attack Truth but it would get to a point where security would have to intervene for the safety of Truth. Simply put, I would have JoMo introduce a chair while placing Truths head in it.

It would be like the “eye for an eye” saying.

This is where the security comes in and separates Morrison from Truth. To sell the attack, Truth would use a frightened facial expression while JoMo is pulled away. To progress the feud, I would give Morrison some promo time. For this to work, Morrison has to display emotion. JoMo has to display that anger and hatred for R-Truth to a point where fans can feel it.

Morrison would invite Truth to the ring to exact revenge. In typical heel fashion, Morrison’s pleas would go unanswered with Morrison deciding to pursue Truth backstage. Once Morrison gets to the backstage area, I would have Truth attack him from behind. The two would brawl once again with security separating the two before any significant damage to either superstar could occur.

On the following RAW, I would book a tag match with JoMo and Alex Riley vs. Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth. I would have A Ry pin Dolph as Truth and Morrison are on the outside. As Riley celebrates, I’d have Truth blast Riley with his infamous water bottle while Morrison and Truth begin to brawl again. Once again, security would intervene but this time I would introduce Triple H.

Hunter would state his frustration with Truth/Morrison and their constant brawling. He’s going to give both what they want and that’s a singles match at SummerSlam.

At SummerSlam, I would have Morrison seconds away from winning the match with his RKS (Running Knee Strike) only for Truth to avoid it and exit the ring. Morrison would pursue Truth only to be struck with Truth’s water bottle, causing a disqualification win for Morrison. Truth continues to attack JoMo on the outside while Morrison fights back.

The brawl makes it way to the stage where Morrison throws Truth onto the pavement. As Truth is seemingly unconscious, I would have Morrison utilize one of his parkour spots to cause significant damage to Truth. It would have to be something that would absolutely shock the crowd while leaving both incapacitated.

To sell the spot, I would have Truth wheeled out on a stretcher while Morrison refuses and tries to leave the arena on his own.

The reason for this is to establish some toughness/street cred Morrison’s current character is lacking. By having him perform a “dangerous spot” and being able to leave the arena under his own weight would hopefully establish Morrison as tough for the audience kind of like Owen Hart breaking Stone Cold Steve Austin’s neck.

Christian: Captain Charisma is the World Heavyweight Champion after winning the title via disqualification at WWE Money in the Bank. Since the WWE has already established Orton’s anger issues, I would continue that angle with the Viper trying to get his hands on Christian.

Orton would receive his mandatory rematch but the type of match would be decided by Christian/Orton. To make things interesting, I would have both take on face/heels in matches where the superstar who could defeat the opponent faster would win. I want to retain the interest of fans by having Orton/Christian chose the others opponents pick your poison style. Christian would Mark Henry while Randy would choose Sheamus. In the Christian/Sheamus matchup, Sheamus would win by count out as Captain Charisma would walk out. On the other hand, Orton would be moments away from victory with Christian attempting to interfere.

Christian would inadvertently spear Orton after Henry dodges him. The World’s Strongest Man would then crush Christian with the WSS while Orton is stirring on the outside. Orton would announce a No Holds Barred match for SummerSlam while Christian instantly shows sign fear and distraught.

I would then book Christian vs. Sheamus with Orton and Barrett on commentary. I would create conflict at ringside with Christian throwing Daniel Bryan into Orton. Randy would attack Christian which would lead to Christian gaining the DQ victory with Barrett attacking Orton before he can cause any significant damage to Christian.

As Christian slithers out of harm’s way, Orton would RKO Barrett while destroying the equipment at ringside.

On the final SmackDown before SummerSlam, I would book Christian and Cody Rhodes vs. Ezekiel Jackson and Randy Orton. After disposing of Rhodes, Christian would defeat Orton with the Killswitch. As Christian flees with the World Championship, a seething Orton would RKO Rhodes through the announce table.

While Orton decimates Cody, Christian announces a surprise for SummerSlam and assures fans that they don’t want to miss this.

I would book this to give the match a little unpredictability with Christian proving that he can beat Orton.

At SummerSlam, I would keep the Edge/Christian segment intact with Edge walking out on Christian. Towards the end of the matchup, Edge runs down to assist Orton by momentarily distracting Christian. Orton charges at Christian but Captain Charisma avoids contact.

Orton almost strikes Edge but stops only for Christian to roll up Orton with a handful of tights. Christian smirks at Edge while grasping the World Championship.

The reason I went with this strategy is to book a triple threat match at Night of Champions. This will keep SD with compelling programming for a few months and would buy the Creative team more time to create plans for WrestleMania.

You’ll have check out the next installments in this unique series to find out how I would book JoMo, Christian, and Daniel Bryan for NOC and its build that’ll eventually lead towards Hell in a Cell. Who knows, I may push this series to the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 28 if I come up with some compelling programs.

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