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Chair Shots: "Hey Randy, Thanks for Holding My Belt For Me!"- Survivor Series Fallout!
By TripleR
Nov 25, 2013 - 9:38:13 AM

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Welcome back everyone to the column that didn’t get killed off in last night’s “Family Guy”- Chair Shots! So last night was the 27th annual Survivor Series PPV, and while over the years the traditional Survivor Series matches have taken a backseat, we did see two elimination tag team matches to appease the traditionalists like myself. Was it a bad card? No, it really wasn’t, but it certainly wasn’t the best PPV of the year. There were some highlights, including the dominance of one Roman Reigns in the first match of the night as the powerhouse of The Shield went into Beast Mode, taking out 4 of the 5 members of the Rhodes team, including the final pinfall where he practically broke Rey Mysterio in half (Yay!). If anyone doubts that Roman Reigns has the stuff to be a major player in the WWE, you better rethink that. Reigns is on the cusp and big things are on the horizon for this talented athlete.

We also saw the return of the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, who came out to answer Ryback’s challenge. Mark certainly showed a little ring rust last night, and didn’t seem to have the explosiveness that he normally has, but did defeat Ryback with the World’s Strongest Slam, thus continuing the free fall into nothingness that Ryback is currently in. The biggest mistake that the WWE made with Ryback was turning him heel. He had a major following as a face, and once he made that turn all the momentum stopped, as he was thrust into programs with people he had no business beating. It’s time to rethink the Ryback experiment, but ultimately it may be too late.

While I was NOT a fan of the Divas Elimination match, I was happy to see Natalya come away with the victory in it. My problem with the match itself was the WWE’s inability to have legitimate female wrestlers in the ring. To mask a lot of the flaws of the participants, there were rapid fire eliminations that saw one move being hit, then a pinfall. The match itself only last about 11 minutes, which meant there was about one Diva eliminated every minute, with only Naty and Nikki Bella surviving the match. When all is said and done however, we are left with Natalya hopefully challenging AJ Lee for the Divas Championship. As the best pure female wrestler on the roster, this should be a pretty good encounter. Now if we could only get Paige, Bayley, or Emma on the main roster and cut people like Rosa Mendes and Aksana.

One of the most well-told matches of the night had to be Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena. Now anybody that believed that ADR was going to win this thing needs to have their head examined, especially with Cena wrestling in his hometown. The match was definitely a well-paced story though, with ADR targeting Cena’s bad arm throughout the match, attempting to damage it enough to put Cena in the cross arm-breaker. Now ADR should have known better than to think that he could make Cena tap out though. He’d have had to worked on the arm with a hammer, some C-4, a tank, and then drop an anvil on it like Wile E. Coyote, and still Cena would have gotten out of it. He ain’t called “Super Cena” for nothin’. Anyway, what needs to be spotlighted here is that Alberto Del Rio put on yet another really good match with a top competitor. While he may not be drawing the fan reactions that the WWE want, he certainly is backing himself up with his in-ring work.

Another match that came off very well was the Punk/Bryan vs The Wyatts tag team match. While a lot of people continue to talk about Daniel Bryan being “buried” or “demoted”, let’s not forget that he was once again in a very high-profile match, at the top of the PPV card. Now I don’t believe we’ll see him vying for the title anytime soon, especially the way the show ended, but he’ll continue to be a major cog in the WWE machine. I read a lot of comments that the Wyatt Family needed to win last night, and I also believed that to be the case, but they DID look strong in a match against two former champions. Luke Harper continues to impress, and I’m just waiting for the day when he breaks out the hurricanrana that he was known to use in the indies. Erick Rowan has improved quite a bit as well with his in-ring presence. Neither man is supposed to be pretty. They’re brawlers and they’re doing a good job with that persona. I think this feud will continue, despite their loss, especially considering the rumour of a new Wyatt member coming soon in Judas Devlin. Quite frankly, I’d also like to see a female added to the mix as well. That would shape out the group in my opinion.

Before we get to the Main Event, I don’t want to slight Big E. Langston’s win over Curtis Axel. There, not slighted. Let’s move on.

So then we got to the Main Event of the evening featuring The Big Show and Randy Orton. What does it say when the Main Event is the match I was LEAST looking forward to? Well, it certainly lived up to my expectations, as Show and Orton put on a mighty snoozefest that completely dulled the crowd, and the WWE saw that. I firmly believe that’s why the show ended the way it did. But before we get to that, let’s talk about the ending for a minute. The Authority promised no outside interference, and even though they appeared onstage, there wasn’t any. Yes they distracted The Big Show, but it was his own stupidity that caused him to lose the match. He’s been around how long? You never turn your back on your opponent. Orton hit the RKO, and followed up with one of the worst looking punts in the history of punting, and that includes me trying to kick a football on a windy day.

The crowd, already restless for most of the match, was left with another Authority victory and what we thought would be a pretty lousy ending to an OK night. It was at this point I’m visualizing somebody in the back going “Damn, Orton and Show are stinking up the joint, send out the big guy.” Sure enough, out came John Cena holding his WHC belt high overhead, staring face to face with Randy Orton. They had a bit of a BroOff, each posturing as to who was the better man, at the same time planting the seed for what is to come next.

But the question has to be raised; do we really want to see Orton vs Cena AGAIN? I knew they had wrestled A LOT, but I had to look it up for myself. In both singles and multi-man matches, Orton and Cena have faced each other SIXTEEN times with a World Title on the line- SIXTEEN! That includes Fatal 4-Ways, Triple Threat, and Elimination Chamber matches, but goddam that’s a lot of times. The WWE continues to fall back on what they know works, instead of trying to give the WWE Universe something fresh and new. Now, we are looking at a possible unification of the WWE Title and the World Heavyweight Title, both of which will eventually end of around the waist of John Cena. I get it; John Cena is the real “face” of the WWE. He’s their top Wish Granter. He’s a legitimately nice guy it seems, and the WWE wants someone like that to represent them. But at the end of the day, there needs to be some growth in the Main Event scene. Having your new program feature two men who have faced each other SIXTEEN times before for the title is taking two steps back. How about we take two steps forward for a change? I think we’d all be happier for that.

What do you think readers? Hit me up with your thoughts, comments, questions, or death threats at any of the approved feedback methods. Thanks for reading!

Until next time,
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