The subsequent main WWE pay-per-view event would be the 32nd annual Survivor Series, which is about to happen on the Staples Middle in Los Angeles on November 18. It’s a present the place the seven matches introduced thus far function Uncooked superstars dealing with off with Smackdown superstars.
If it seems like Survivor Series is creeping up on us, it’s as a result of WWE solely has two weeks to put it up for sale. The final month noticed the corporate concentrate on the superb ladies’s solely WWE Evolution PPV that was an enormous success and the disappointing Crown Jewel event, in all probability the worst PPV of the yr.
What I’m right here to do immediately is inform you why two ladies, the Uncooked Ladies’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Smackdown Ladies’s Champion Becky Lynch, need to be within the main event of Survivor Series. By main event, I imply the final match on the cardboard. This isn’t like WrestleMania, the place WWE says the winner of the Royal Rumble goes to “main event” WrestleMania and then they get a match within the midcard. I’m speaking concerning the final match on the cardboard at Survivor Series.
5. There’s not one other match marketed for Survivor Series that seems like a much bigger match
When wanting on the present Survivor Series lineup, I don’t assume there’s one other match on the cardboard that feels greater than Rousey vs. Lynch. Listed here are the six matches at present marketed, aside from Rousey vs. Lynch:
- Uncooked’s Common Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Smackdown’s WWE Champion AJ Types
- Males’s 5-on-5 Elimination Match: Staff Uncooked (Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Braun Strowman and two extra) vs. Group Smackdown (Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio and Samoa Joe)
- Uncooked’s Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Smackdown’s United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
- Uncooked Tag Workforce Champions AOP (Akam & Rezar) vs. Smackdown Tag Group Champions The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro)
- Ladies’s 5-on-5 Elimination Match: Workforce Uncooked vs. Staff Smackdown (Charlotte Aptitude, Asuka, Carmella, Naomi and Sonya Deville)
- Tag Workforce 10-on-10 Elimination Match: Staff Uncooked vs. Staff Smackdown (The Usos, New Day)
Is there something there that basically jumps out to you because the main event from these matches? I simply don’t see it.
Final yr, the lads’s elimination match went on final, which was advantageous as a result of there wasn’t a standout match elsewhere on the present. Plus, WWE spent about one month constructing as much as Survivor Series with Smackdown “invading” Uncooked, which truly made final yr’s match really feel private. Right here we’re lower than two weeks earlier than the present and there are nonetheless names on the Uncooked aspect that have to be introduced for that match. It doesn’t really feel just like the main event.
This yr, there’s not a lot on the road aside from “brand supremacy” or no matter different phrase WWE needs to throw on the market to attempt to make us care. Put Rousey vs. Lynch on final. It’s the proper selection.
four. They’re utilizing social media completely so as to add to their rivalry
When you’re on Twitter and/or Instagram, you realize that Rousey and Lynch (aka “The Man”) are very proficient at utilizing social media to speak trash. They should take the rivalry to social media as a result of they gained’t be in the identical ring collectively till Survivor Series. It’s potential that Lynch exhibits up at Uncooked subsequent Monday or Rousey exhibits up on Smackdown subsequent Tuesday, however as of now, neither is marketed.
Rousey has three.66 million followers on Twitter, whereas her Instagram is even greater with 11.6 million followers. Lynch is doing very nicely for herself too with 1.36 million Twitter followers and three.1 million on Instagram. It’s sensible for the ladies to make use of Twitter as a result of they’re the one ones with entry to it (Rousey tweeted in the present day that she writes all her tweets), so followers know it’s coming from them. Clearly, the ladies are doing it to construct up the match and I feel WWE is proud of it as a result of they encourage their stars to make the most of social media to its fullest.
Right here’s a sampling of a number of the trash speak from Ronda (who is usually referred to as “Ronnie” by Becky) and Becky’s social media.
Put me shoulder to shoulder and make me equal billing or I’m going to take it out on golden woman quantity two come Survivor Series #iamtheman https://t.co/tL0MmUNNNN
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 2, 2018
Sorry for the delay, Ronnie – when you have been enjoying with Microsoft Paint I used to be on the TV being a legend. You should watch, it will be like a coaching video for you. Watch how the grasp does it. Poster continues to be not proper. Go once more.
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 7, 2018
We’ll finish it right here with this gem from Lynch earlier this morning.
“Siri, who is my biggest Stan?”
“Show me evidence”
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 7, 2018
Sustain the great work women, each within the ring and on social media. They’re constructing this match up in ways in which in the present day’s followers completely love. The extra they hype it, the extra intrigue there’s surrounding the match.
three. Ronda Rousey has confirmed she’s a pure in a WWE ring and is used to the main event highlight
It’s not straightforward being within the main event of a serious WWE present, particularly as a “rookie” within the firm, however Ronda Rousey isn’t like different rookies. Throughout her UFC profession, Rousey appeared within the main event or co-main event of eight PPVs between February 2013 and December 2016.
Rousey had her WWE first match at WrestleMania this yr and six months later, she wrestled in her first main event when she beat Nikki Bella at Evolution. It exhibits how a lot WWE’s determination makers consider in Rousey’s means within the ring and her drawing energy to construct curiosity for her matches.
Rousey has plenty of help from individuals in WWE, together with Kurt Angle, the WWE Corridor of Famer that teamed with Rousey at WrestleMania to beat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Angle lately did an interview with Sam Roberts for Ringside Collectibles speaking about Rousey. Because of EWrestlingnews for the quotes:
“I think Ronda exceeded expectations from everybody. She did her homework. You can’t lie to anyone, Ronda was new to WWE at the time. She had very little experience but what she did at WrestleMania was unbelievable; she stole the show. I knew before we went in there (the ring), Triple H and I knew she should be the focus. If you watch that match, the focus is really on Ronda. That is what we had to do in order to get her to be where she is right now. She did a really great job.”
“I can’t believe how well, how quickly she adapted to it. I felt like it was me. A couple of weeks ago, she cut a promo (on Nikki Bella) in the ring and I was thinking that she was getting it way too quickly. This girl has been the best in judo, the best in the UFC but I think this is her thing. I think the WWE is the thing she’ll be the most known for. If healthy, another six-ten years, this will be her legacy.”
Angle might have some extent. Rousey’s WWE legacy might be what individuals keep in mind probably the most about her when her profession is over. That legacy is simply simply starting and having an enormous match towards Becky Lynch at Survivor Series is an effective approach so as to add to it. Being within the main event of Survivor Series would assist too.
2. Becky Lynch has earned the best to be within the main event of a PPV this yr
The rationale why Becky Lynch is the place she is in WWE proper now’s that she earned it. It’s what she has stated for months now. She was not the chosen one or the woman that was purported to be the preferred lady in WWE. She is there as a result of the followers revered her journey to the place she is and due to that, Lynch will get ovations as loud as any man or lady within the firm. During the last two months, it’s been apparent that WWE’s makes an attempt to get her over as a heel have failed, however what actually issues is that Lynch could be very over proper now.
When you noticed Smackdown this week in Manchester, the followers have been chanting “Becky, Becky, Becky” as she stood within the ring simply to ship a promo. They wouldn’t let her speak till they acquired it out of their system. There aren’t many individuals that get that sort of response in WWE as we speak.
The wrestling enterprise is about rewarding expertise. Once they do properly and attain a sure degree, they’ll get a increase from the boss, however the followers on tv don’t get to see that. What we do get to see are title wins, like when Becky beat Charlotte to develop into the Smackdown Ladies’s Champion at Hell in a Cell two months in the past.
One other reward for Becky and Charlotte was having the most effective ladies’s matches in WWE historical past at Evolution two weeks in the past once they went 30 minutes in a Final Lady Standing match. It’s a match that WWE followers are going to be speaking about for years to return for instance of two ladies displaying they will compete with the boys and do even higher than them.
The subsequent reward for Lynch should be the main event of Survivor Series. No one on the present WWE roster deserves it extra.
1. To really evolve ladies’s wrestling, WWE should put their ladies within the main event on main exhibits like Survivor Series
There have been two ladies’s matches which have headlined WWE pay-per-view occasions. The primary time was Hell in a Cell 2016, when Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks in a Hell in a Cell match to win again the Uncooked Ladies’s Title. It was an enormous deal to a whole lot of followers, however for no matter cause, WWE didn’t deal with it like an enormous deal. I used to be stunned that WWE didn’t deal with it like a monumental event.
The opposite ladies’s match that headlined a WWE pay-per-view was Rousey beating Nikki Bella at Evolution two weeks in the past, which is clear as a result of the present solely featured ladies’s matches.
Survivor Series is a much bigger present than Hell in a Cell or Evolution to lots of people. That doesn’t imply I feel it’s going to be higher than Evolution, as a result of based mostly on this lineup, I feel Evolution is best. I’m simply saying that to the typical WWE fan, Survivor Series is a much bigger deal as a result of it’s been round for 32 years. Followers consider Survivor Series as one of many “big four” WWE PPVs together with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam. Headlining Survivor Series might be one thing that these two ladies might be pleased with it doesn’t matter what they do for the remainder of their careers.
Who wins Rousey vs. Lynch at Survivor Series? I might be shocked if Rousey’s undefeated streak ended, so I’ll go together with her. I doubt Lynch can be harm an excessive amount of from the loss although a variety of followers would complain about her dropping. I simply don’t see Rousey dropping till perhaps subsequent yr’s WrestleMania or past that.
The message is obvious: Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch should be the main event of Survivor Series on November 18. It’s as much as you, WWE determination makers. Make it occur.