Survivor Series 2013: There's no IWC in Team


The Survivor Series concept is like Kool G. Rap. You can't kill it because it's already dead!

Well, I had a long, profanity-laced diatribe all planned out about a bunch of things that were irritating me, then The Nickster had to go and type a bunch of words (read 'em) that made me sound like the grumpy old man that I am.

Moving on...

I was looking at the WWE pay-per-view (PPV) calendar earlier today, because the holidays are coming up and that means I have to make some room in the disposable income budget, based on how much this next run of purchase-only offerings is going to cost me.

Having a kid who loves WWE was kind of neat at first, but this shit is getting expensive. Anyway, I was a little surprised to see that Survivor Series is on Nov. 24, which is just over two weeks away. That means we have two Monday Night RAWs, as well as a pair of video recaps Smackdowns to finalize the bout order and line up.

Right now, the card is headlined by The Big Show vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.


That's it. And we won't get any new announcements during the Friday night telecast, which means the booking for what is supposedly one of the "Big Four" PPV shows will consist of Face + Heel = feud. How can you build a compelling story in two weeks?

They don't have to.

Whatever Creative whips up will sell and pull in the usual numbers because it's Survivor Series and there is a built-in audience. Probably the same audience that cried foul when WWE made the decision to shit-can the concept just a few years ago.

From the mouth of Vince McMahon:

"We think that Survivor Series is obsolete, as far as that title is concerned. It was something that worked many, many years ago, in terms of a creative standpoint, various teams competing. That really is not advantageous as the consumer now looks as what actually they are buying. And it's such a broad ... Survivor Series yes, many years ago, was one of the original four pay-per-views, but it's outlasted its usage and it is one of the things in terms of rebranding, this year and going forward, that will be rebranded. No longer will we have that title, Survivor Series."

Vince reversed his decision shortly thereafter because the entire "Universe" was up in arms, but I wonder if they even knew what they were up in arms about? Pro wrestling nostalgia is a powerful emotion and let's face it, the old "team vs. team" concept was already on life support.

They've essentially kept the name just for the sake of keeping it.

Sure, we still get the annual 5-on-5 matches, but when you have to resort to "Team Barrett," you know there isn't much creative oomph behind these bouts. That's unfortunate, too, because I felt like this was the year WWE could have really gotten back to its roots, because all the right angles were in place.

They had the ultimate good versus the ultimate evil.

I'm talking, of course, about Daniel Bryan, along with the Rhodes brothers and Big Show taking on Randy Orton and The Shield. You can add the bit players (like Kane) to those teams and it would have been a great send off for that program, instead of the lame-duck finish we got at Hell in a Cell.

Perhaps they pulled the trigger too soon?

I'm sure they'll whip up a serviceable team vs. team contest for this latest edition, but it would have been nice to have something building, some type of anticipation over these past few weeks to have me champing at the bit for a major score to be settled.

Instead, WWE will have two weeks (or less) to make me care about it, which means I probably won't.

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