WWE 'Survivor Series' Preview: Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley

Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley

In tradition of the storied history of Survivor Series, there will be an elimination match between Team Ziggler and Team Foley. Dolph Ziggler leads Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, and Rhodes Scholars against Mick Foley's stable of The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, and Team Hell No.

The road to Survivor Series

The concept was originally Team Punk vs. Team Foley, as Foley and Punk challenged each other the night after Hell in a Cell. The best laid plans sometimes change, however, as Vince McMahon set up CM Punk vs. Ryback vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship.

In lieu of the new team captain vacancy, Dolph Ziggler took the reigns to his team. However, after butting heads with The Miz, Miz soon left the team for greener pastures.

Earlier this week on Raw, The Miz pleaded Mick Foley to make him eligible for the WWE Universe's Twitter poll. Foley was reluctant, but allowed it. Miz defeated Santino Marella and Zack Ryder in the poll to become the newest member of Team Foley.

Then, on Main Event, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow took on Kane and Daniel Bryan. Rhodes went up on a back bodydrop from Kane and came down on his head and shoulder. Rhodes suffered a separated shoulder and a concussion, leaving him up in the air for tonight's show.

Friday's SmackDown was a boiling point for the teams, as they fought each other, as well as internally. Arguing partners The Miz and Randy Orton teamed up to defeat another team that was butting heads, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio. Orton was poised to hit his RKO, but Miz tagged himself in for a Skull-Crushing Finale win to take the victory. Orton didn't like this and RKO'd his partner in the middle of the ring.

Later in the night, during Kane's match with Wade Barrett, Team Ziggler came out to attack Kane. This prompted Mick Foley to send in the troops, who mopped the floor with Team Ziggler, but not without some struggle. All members came in...except Miz, who walked out after the scuffle was over to exchange death glares with Randy Orton.

What's at stake?

Bragging rights and pride.

Most members of each team are engaged in feuds with someone on the other side, while some teammates are in heated rivalries with each other. Rhodes Scholars have been fighting WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No for the belts for the better part of a month or two. Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio have fought for the title of "Apex Predator" over the past couple of weeks.

Within the teams, Alberto Del Rio has animosity with Dolph Ziggler, thinking he should be captain. Additionally, The Miz lost the WWE Intercontinental Championship to Kofi Kingston and the two have been locked in a rivalry ever since.

Which team will reign supreme in the traditional elimination match at Survivor Series? Tune in tonight to find out which team etches their name in the history books tonight!

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