The WWE Survivor Series is about an hour away. Not even a reported ISIS threat (courtesy of TMZ) can stop the action tonight. A serious injury to one of the main event participants, though, could have put this show in jeopardy.
As it was previously confirmed, Seth Rollins tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus (courtesy of WWE). That meant he had to pull out of his WWE title defense against his former comrade Roman Reigns. His injury left the WWE in a flux that they quickly made good for. Now the major part of the Survivor Series card looks like this – Roman Reigns gets his first-ever crack at Alberto Del Rio, and Dean Ambrose will square off against Kevin Owens.
These are the semifinal matchups for WWE's tournament, which will decide the new WWE champion. Ladies and gentlemen, this appears to be a very predictable card. The fact that the winner may lead to a predictable result, is why fans should tune in to Survivor Series tonight. The future of the WWE will be revealed tonight. Tonight, as one thing to watch for, is finally going to be the passing of the torch.Sure, the Brothers of Destruction are reunited. Their match with two members of the Wyatt Family will be worth watching. Seeing The Undertaker and Kane team up is always worthy of the price of admission. Their time is fading fast, whether fans want to admit that or not. There are certain things that both of these men cannot do anymore. They can still put on a show, but it is now time for viewers to have a reason to tune in beyond tonight. As the deceased rapper and actor Tupac Shakur said in his screen debut Juice, those guys "are the past," someone else's "time is now."
A new face of the franchise will be crowned tonight. And he has to be ready to take the torch and run with it. There is no time to groom a cornerstone. The unexpected Seth Rollins injury left no time for that. The WWE should have had several superstars in the position to step up and take the reins with the number of wrestlers dropping. Many of their problems have come from promoting the all-timers such as The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and Sting, while leaving wrestlers like Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens twisting in the wind.
Other superstars, like the aforementioned Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, were stuck in a feud with the Wyatt Family. Neither of them were truly put into the position to become the lead guy if they were called upon to do so. That is a failing of WWE.Now that Survivor Series is upon us, both Reigns and Ambrose are on a collision course to face each other in the finals of the WWE championship tournament. Most people expect Reigns to finish Alberto Del Rio quickly.
Del Rio recently came back at Hell in a Cell to take the United States Championship from John Cena. He will undoubtedly face Cena in a rematch once Cena returns. That effectively takes the former WWE champion out of contention. The other match between Ambrose and Owens could provide some intrigue.
Ambrose is the second-biggest face in the WWE. Going up against Roman Reigns, also a good guy, forces the WWE to do something that they typically do not do – have two faces square off. Either guy can easily make a heel turn, Roman Reigns would be menacing as a heel, while Dean Ambrose would be shaped in the mold of The Sandman from ECW lore. Fans would still cheer for Ambrose, though. His lunatic fringe persona has paid off huge. It also borderlines the realm of good guy and bad.
Keep this in mind. John Cena was the last face to hold the WWE title. Prior to that, Daniel Bryan had a brief run with the belt. The last two years the WWE title has been dominated by Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins most of that time. Whoever wins tonight will most likely be a good guy.
That eliminates the possibility of Kevin Owens winning, despite him having the lasting appeal necessary for the WWE champion. He is already a heel though. Do not instantly dismiss the likelihood of him beating Ambrose to face the winner of Reigns and Del Rio. Whether he advances or not, Owens should be installed as the number one contender, if for no other reason than to finally add some versatility to how the WWE books their shows.
You must watch Survivor Series tonight. The WWE's hand has been forced, now they must move forward with a new champion. That champion will most likely have never held the title before. Many people see how predictable the show can be, but the fact that it is predictable is the reason to watch. Expect the WWE to do something unexpected tonight at Survivor Series. Someone may even cash in their briefcase tonight.
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