By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Well this one was kind of messy, wasn’t it?

The night after Hell in a Cell, WWE had booked a traditional Survivor Series match for this show, with one team to be captained by CM Punk, and the other to be captained from the sidelines by Mick Foley. Then the very next week, Punk and Ryback (who was a member of Foley’s team), were pulled from the match and slapped into a triple threat with John Cena. Naturally, this left WWE with some egg on their face. They only had three weeks to build up the show to begin with, and given these mid-trip changes, they really only had a week and a half. That pretty much sucks, given that the Punk/Cena/Ryback match is easily the most interesting thing on this show. Still, let’s see how things stack up. With any luck, the performances we see will make up for the lackluster build.

Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal vs. Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel

Curiously, this match was originally supposed to be 3MB against Santino Marella & Zack Ryder. For some reason, “Team CoBro” was cut. Either way, I see 3MB picking up the win here. This stable is only a few months old, and they still seem to be establishing themselves. Still, they’re doing alright. Slater makes a good annoying heel leader at the very least. Let’s give ‘em a little more time and see if they develop into anything good.

Rob’s Prediction: Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal
WINNERS: Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal (Though the match was changed back to Ryder/Marella at the last minute.)

Eve Torres (c) vs. Kaitlyn

Because Layla isn’t in this match to annoy me, I care a little bit more than I did last month. But that’s still not much. I have absolutely no interest in this angle about who beat Kaitlyn up at Night of Champions. And as much as I like Kaitlyn because of how her bodybuilder physique sets her apart from the rest of the women on the roster, I don’t think she’s ready for this kind of spotlight. Her incredibly short match with Layla this past week on Raw did nothing to convince me otherwise. That’s not necessarily an insult, given that she’s only been around for two years. But let’s give somebody else a run against Eve. I get the feeling they’re saving Eve vs. AJ Lee for Wrestlemania, so that’s out. I have NO desire to see her wrestle Layla again. Tamina’s out with an injury. Um….Natalya? She’s doing some bizarre romance angle with the Great Khali on Smackdown, but I’m always up for seeing her in the title picture. Either way, Eve walks away with the title.

Rob’s Prediction: Eve Torres
WINNER: Eve Torres

Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth

I’m still not a fan of R-Truth’s imaginary friend gimmick. But at least he’s a solo act again. Just give Truth a mic and let him talk and he’s one of the funniest guys that’s been around in the last several years. That’s one of the reasons a program with Antonio Cesaro was a good fit for both men. They’re natural rivals because Truth is the polar opposite of the dry and serious Cesaro. How they’ll match up in the ring is may be a different story, but I see Cesaro coming out on top in this one. He’ll probably wear the belt for a few more month. At least until the Miz’s babyface turn comes to full fruition, which will provide us with yet another stark personality contrast.

Rob’s Prediction: Antonio Cesaro
WINNER: Antonio Cesaro

Team Foley: Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Daniel Bryan 7 Kane
Team Ziggler: Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow

This match doesn’t necessarily have a lot of tension surrounding it because of all the changes that have been made to it in the last two weeks. CM Punk and Ryback were removed, which ripped the guts out of the match because the whole thing was rooted in Punk’s rivalries with Foley and Ryback. Then they took Miz off Ziggler’s team and replaced him with Wade Barrett. Then Miz took Ryback’s spot on Foley’s team. Now Cody Rhodes is injured and might not make the pay per view, so may we have to find yet another replacement. We’ve spent so much time plugging holes in the ship that it hasn’t had time to sail anywhere. At this point we’re really just having this match because it’s Survivor Series, and we need to have a traditional elimination match. I’m not sure if it even matters who wins. I’ll go ahead and pick Team Foley. A victory for Mick’s team might give him a reason to stick around and keep things interesting until the Rock returns. We’ve been hearing rumblings of a possible match between he and Punk at TLC next month. I’m not sure how I feel about that…

Rob’s Prediction: Team Foley
WINNER: Team Ziggler (Ziggler was the sole survivor, Otunga replaced Rhodes in the match due to an injury.)

The Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus

At this point, I’m reasonably convinced that this feud will end with Dolph Ziggler cashing in his briefcase and stealing the World Heavyweight Title. But the question is, when? Ziggler seems to have a program with John Cena in the works, which leads be to believe they’ll face off next month at TLC. That means Show and Sheamus would likely have to go another round, presumably in some kind of TLC gimmick match. That’s all well and good from my perspective. These two have a surprisingly strong rivalry going, and we can stretch it out another month. I see Show taking it home this month. Then, if there is indeed a rematch, Sheamus will take it back, only to lose it to Ziggler moments later.

Rob’s Prediction: The Big Show
WINNER: The Big Show

CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback

I suspect that the Vickie Guerrero/AJ Lee angle will play a part in the outcome of this match. Something along the lines of Vickie distracting Cena from the outside, which allows Punk to hit the GTS and score the pin. Thus, we’ve kept the title on Punk, furthered the angle Cena/AJ/Vickie angle, and done little to no harm to Ryback. Wins all around as far as I’m concerned. From there, we’ll probably go into a Cena/Ziggler match next month. We could also see a TLC match between Punk and Ryback, assuming Foley doesn’t have a match with Punk. I’m very much interested in seeing what happens to Ryback once this WWE Title program is over. He could easily go on to win the Royal Rumble match, I suppose. But who do you put him with at Wrestlemania? So many questions, and I’m hungry for answers. Something tells me Ryback is too.

Rob’s Prediction: CM Punk

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