With CM Punk and Daniel Bryan being beaten down by the Real Americans and the Wyatt Family, Rey Mysterio ran out to make the save at the conclusion of Monday’s Raw. I don’t really know why Rey was interested in saving Punk, whom Mysterio had a blood feud with in 2010 that involved Rey’s family and Punk’s head getting shaved, but this is WWE and we’re supposed to forget everything.
With Paul Heyman out of the picture, Curtis Axel has become even less interesting (if that was even possible) so there was no reason to keep the Intercontinental title on him any longer. Big E Langston challenged Axel on last night’s (mostly) otherwise snooze-worthy “Raw Country” and won the strap.
It’s nice that WWE gave away a title change for free on Raw, where many more people will see it than at Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view. It’s strange, however, that the powers that be wouldn’t save this for the underwhelming PPV with hopes that at least a few extra people might buy it to see Langston grab the gold.
And none of them are traditional elimination matches.
With less than a week until one of WWE’s supposed “Big Four” pay-per-views, the company has still only announced three matches for the card: Alberto Del Rio v. John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship, Big Show v. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, and CM Punk & Daniel Bryan v. The Wyatt Family sans Bray.
WWE will probably fill in a few holes on tonight’s episode of Raw – although the show “goes country” tonight, meaning we’ll get a ton of hokey stuff and little pay-per-view hype – but I can’t think of anything the powers that be could add that would really spike interest. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and John Cena – the three most popular wrestlers on the roster – are already announced and it still seems like a potential snoozefest. More importantly, it looks like a waste of ~$50.
As we gear up for Survivor Series this Sunday, let’s take a look back at the 2001 version of the event, as posted on WWE’s YouTube page. This was the culmination of the “WCW invasion” storyline, which was so much worse and more convoluted than it could have been. The main event of Survivor Series 2001 was Team WWF v. The Alliance in a traditional elimination match where the winning team’s company would stay in business while the other’s doors would be shuttered, at least in kayfabe.
Team WWF was comprised of The Rock, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Kane and Big Show while the Alliance squad was made up of Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle (who never competed for WCW or ECW), Booker T and Shane McMahon.
Five Star Friday is a weekly feature at Ringside Rants. Each Friday will bring a different contest from Dave Meltzer’s prestigious list of five star-rated matches.
Each of these men have previously been featured in our Five Star Friday video drop, but today they go one-on-one with each other. Stan Hansen and Kenta Kobashi earned Meltzer’s five star rating for their All Japan Pro Wrestling match from August 15, 1993.
The tournament for the vacant TNA World Heavyweight Championship continued on last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling, with Kurt Angle defeating Austin Aries in a submission match to advance to the second round. Angle will face the winner of Magnus v. Samoa Joe.
There will be two championship tournament matches on next week’s Turning Point-themed live episode of Impact. Bobby Roode will take on James Storm in a Bull Rope Match, while Magnus and Samoa Joe battle in a Falls Count Anywhere contest. Both of those match types come courtesy of the “Wheel of Dixie” stipulation.
Also scheduled for next week’s Impact: Abyss v. Joseph Park, which will involve either Abyss not showing up or a ton of shenanigans.
Survivor Series 2004 took place on this date nine years ago in front of 7,500 people at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The card featured two traditional elimination matches; Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Carlito, Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak) v. Team Guerrero (Eddie Guerrero, Big Show, Rob Van Dam and John Cena) and Team Triple H (Triple H, Edge, Snitsky and Batista) v. Team Orton (Randy Orton, Maven, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit).
The penultimate match on the card, though, was for the WWE Championship as JBL defended his title against Booker T.