Quick transition to Survivor Series on RAW after Hell in a Cell
By By Aaron Oster
Oct 28, 2014 at 7:18 AM
The main event for Survivor Series was announced at the beginning of RAW, and it will be a traditional Survivor Series match between Team Authority and Team Cena.
It seemed like this was the way they would go, though there was certainly a question of who would captain the team going against the Authority. You have to think this role was slated for Roman Reigns at some point, and it very easily could have been captained by Dean Ambrose. The show largely revolved that storyline, and who would join each team.
We don't know the full details of the match yet. Specifically, we don't know how many people will be on each team, which makes it hard to predict the teams. We almost know for certain that Seth Rollins and Kane will be on Team Authority, and John Cena and Dolph Ziggler will be on Team Cena. None of the other competitors are known yet, but it never hurts to try to take a look at the situation.
I'm going to go under the assumption that this will be a five-on-five match. There have been matches both bigger and smaller, but the five on five seems to be the most common Survivor Series match. It also makes sense in the context of the match right now.
Looking at the Authority, if you do not include Triple H, they could have five members without reaching outside the current group. Rollins and Kane, as mentioned before, are locks. Randy Orton is a big question mark. He hit Rollins with an RKO on RAW in the opening segment, but still hasn't officially turned his back on the Authority, or turned face yet.
I predict that he will remain with the Authority, representing them at Survivor Series, and either turn at the show or right after. If the WWE wanted, they could also allow Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble to wrestle, which would give the Authority a five-person team.
The bigger question is who joins Cena. We know Dolph Ziggler is one after RAW. If I had to guess right now, I'd guess The Usos would join them, as they have no other feuds right now, and make sense in the sense that they're faces who are over with the crowd. They have also teamed with Cena often in the past.
The fifth member is the biggest question. They seem to be keeping Dean Ambrose out of this and focused on Bray Wyatt, even though based on the past six months, he'd make perfect sense on the team. I think in an ideal world, they'd love Roman Reigns to show up at the RAW before Survivor Series and be the fifth member of the team. With his health issue, that might not be possible. However, they'd love to have a member that shows up as a surprise, whether it's Reigns, or a returning Daniel Bryan (as incredibly unlikely as that would be) or even a turning Randy Orton.
I suppose if they really were desperate, they could give the spot to someone like Ryback (who returned on RAW as a face, more on that later).
There are a lot of ways the WWE could go with the teams, and the decisions they make could shed a light on their plans for the next few months.
- The show opened with The Authority out, singing the praises of Seth Rollins. Rollins came out, and called himself not just the future of the company, but the present. After bragging about his win for a bit, Randy Orton came out, and ran down Rollins. He ended the segment with an RKO, leaving the rest of the Authority to pick up Rollins. Orton hasn't officially turned yet, as I mentioned before, but he's certainly heading that way.
- The main event featured John Cena against Seth Rollins. The match, quite frankly, was a little clunky and didn't really get the crowd behind it. The match ended with interference from Noble, Mercury and Kane. The three beat on Cena until Ziggler ran out to help, which brought out nearly the entire roster. This was done, I presume, to show that everyone wants to be involved in the Survivor Series match, even wrestlers who really would have no reason to want this, like the Dusts.
- Dolph Ziggler beat Kane in a match that was made after Ziggler was seen talking to Cena about joining his team. This match actually might have been the match of the night. I know people are tired of seeing Kane for the most part, but when necessary, he can make someone look fantastic in the ring, and this match was no exception. After the match was over, Rollins came out to attack Ziggler, but Cena made the save.
- Dean Ambrose was supposed to face Cesaro, but instead of wrestling a match, he simply attacked Cesaro when he got down to the ring. He chased him up the ramp, hitting him with a mic all the way up. After he got up to the top of the ramp, he asked where Bray Wyatt was.
Wyatt appeared on the screen and said that he and Ambrose were the same person. He ended his promo by saying that Ambrose should run. It was an interesting promo, because he didn't run down Ambrose's flaws like he had in the past, and seemed like what he was doing was more or less reluctant. His rationale should be interesting to see as the weeks progress.
- The Dusts successfully defended their titles against Big Show and Mark Henry when Henry finally turned heel. Midway through the match, he complained that Show had tagged him too hard, and then finally attacked Show when it seemed like they were about to win the match. He then hit him with three World's Strongest Slams. Later, he said that Big Show had always been jealous of him, and he hit Show before he could hit him.
- Roman Reigns did another "via-satellite" interview, where he talked about his recovery and the Ambrose/Rollins match from Hell in a Cell. He said that when he returned, he was going to go after Rollins.
- Bo Dallas came out and issued an open challenge to anyone in the back. "Feed Me More" hit the speakers and Ryback came out to a face pop. He quickly squashed Bo while reverting to his face persona, pandering to the crowd with the "Feed me more" chants.
Ryback never really caught on as a heel, and he had really been showing a lot of personality lately, which had been getting reactions from the crowd. So giving him another chance at a face push could restart his career.
- AJ Lee beat Alicia Fox after Paige got involved. Paige was on commentary during the match, giving sarcastic remarks throughout. It actually did more to show Paige's personality than anything she's done on the roster so far.
-The Usos beat Miz and Damien Sandow. It was odd, because the Usos used "twin magic" to get the win. That's typically reserved for heels, so to do it in a random match seemed off. Knowing the WWE, this is going to lead to Miz and Sandow trying it (and maybe succeeding).
- Nikki Bella beat Cameron after she forced Brie to interfere.