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By Matt Fowler
Feeling extra like a pop-up retailer than an precise PPV, this Sunday’s Survivor Series plans to by no means settle as soon as and for all which is the superior WWE model.
Not even bearing on the a lot bigger “Who Cares?” difficulty relating to inter-brand supremacy (which, in all equity, can be far more superior if NXT champs received to be included within the combine), this yr’s “bragging rights” gimmick all hinges on us really believing that WWE superstars would care so SO deeply a couple of model that they’ve a really VERY tenuous attachment to (they shift forwards and backwards on a regular basis) that they’d be keen to type a goon squad and get all gung-ho about sneak badault and ambushes – even when it goes in opposition to a number of characters’ babyface gimmicks.
Does this imply we can’t see some nice motion? No. Does this imply we won’t be enthusiastic about seeing AJ Styles face Brock Lesnar or any of the opposite first-time-ever conflicts that contained within the card? No. As final month’s TLC proved, there’s worth in one-off matches. Styles and Balor had an excellent match that now, weeks later, means nothing. There’s no ripple of it anyplace. “Demon” Balor went over clear and…that is all she wrote. Likewise, Angle, Rollins, and Ambrose beating 5 opponents was its personal form of Earth-2 model encounter. Braun’s received magical rubbish powers now, however apart from that it was all a fever dream of types.
The problem with Survivor Series nowadays, since WWE does need to make it a particular Big Four-stravaganza, is that it occurs so near the Rumble, which is when the seeds for WrestleMania are planted (or start to sprout). It’s onerous to do one thing mbadively necessary and, probably, storyline-shifting in November and December as a result of with January comes a re-set. So WWE must go large for Survivor Series however not in a manner that may trigger, or maintain, true ramifications. This is as shut as we ever get to an “off season.” Enter SmackDown vs. RAW. Who is best? The reply? Never to be decided.
Well, except you depend the evergreen notion that RAW is one of the best, and the flagship, and SmackDown is the “B” present. Those are, certainly, the identities for each manufacturers. That’s the prevailing labeling. That won’t ever change with the end result of a match. Also, and this has been the case previously, SmackDown normally wins these head-to-head conflicts as a result of it wants the win and RAW can take the hit. SmackDown will get the rub and the “right to brag” after which issues simply settle again into their pure order.
Last yr’s Survivor Series, which did not characteristic SmackDown vs. RAW for each match, labored out to a quasi-tie. RAW received extra matches however SmackDown received the BIG match: the fellows’ 5 on 5. So it evened out right into a zero-sum mess that – yup – wasn’t even actually introduced up that a lot throughout this yr’s occasion. It’s prefer it did not occur. None of the particular SmackDown vs. RAW historical past is ever introduced up as a result of every time we go into considered one of these model wars, all the things will get clean-slated.
Basically, it appears like your complete Survivor Series card is/was booked like the 2 substitute matches at TLC. The largest distinction is that Survivor Series has had a month of precise construct on TV, which these TLC matches did not get. But all of the matches are one-time encounters. Nothing’s on the road (besides within the superfluous Enzo match) and the best possible we will hope for are large moments that stem from the matches. As in, Owens and Zayn do one thing that furthers their TV story. Or Kane (who ought to actually be part of SmackDown anyhow) helps eradicate Braun from the match (since Braun DOES tip the chances manner in favor of RAW). Or Jason Jordan turns heel and screws all the things up for everybody ever.
That Jordan heel flip that is rumored to happen, by the best way? That has to occur. Either at Survivor Series or proper after. There’s nowhere for Jason to go proper now besides the darkish aspect. He cried and begged on TV for 5 minutes. He pleaded to be heard and beloved. He received rejected. There’s no manner he could be babyface now. I imply, he barely was earlier than however now he is been painted/mopped right into a nook. Many followers thought he’d work higher as a heel anyhow, however now after getting humiliated by Triple H and badaulting everybody with “shaky squeaky sad voice,” he’ll most likely have to begin his personal NWO.
So what can we consider Hunter being on Team RAW? I imply, he is not likely part of a model, he is the freakin’ COO. Again, I am going to return to that NXT thought from the second paragraph – he ought to have been captain of Team NXT. That’s the model he is most related to. He’s not a RAW man. But, then once more, Cena’s not purported to be a SmackDown man both. He’s beholden to nothing. Also, the unusual background noise all through all of that is that SmackDown is “The Rock’s show.” It was his child, kayfabe, named after considered one of his catchphrases. With all these “big names” getting known as in – guys who do not lace up on a regular basis like Shane, Angle, Hunter, and Cena – the Rock’s absence is felt. It’s understood, however it’s certainly noticeable.
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