Why WWE Overhauled Survivor Series Main Event On Raw

Posted by Matt Boone November 8, 2012 6 Comments

As seen Monday on Raw, WWE overhauled its plans for Survivor Series on November 18, 2012.

On the show, Vince McMahon mandated that CM Punk will defend his WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match against Ryback and John Cena at the pay-per-view event. With this turn of events, Team Punk is now known as Team Ziggler, while Team Foley has an empty fifth slot. Prior to the change, The Miz quit the group in protest of Punk’s leadership, and was replaced by Wade Barrett after Paul Heyman aggressively sought him.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE changed their plans for multiple reasons. Among them was the belief that the originally scheduled main event, Team Punk vs. Team Foley in Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match, would draw dismal pay-per-view buy numbers. With rare exceptions, tag team matches as main events are generally mediocre earners on pay-per-view. The entire Bragging Rights concept was dropped for that very reason.

What also swayed plans for Survivor Series were the pay-per-view buy figures for Hell in a Cell on DirecTV being “surprisingly strong.” Privately, McMahon credited Ryback for the result and felt placing him in a ten-man tag team match, even though he would likely be left standing, would not be beneficial to him. McMahon feels they need to capitalize on Ryback’s momentum, which would require the muscle-bound grappler to challenge for the WWE Championship in the main event.

(source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)

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    • http://www.facebook.com/iscentertainment Rashard Hayes

      It’s not because it’s a tag team. It’s that they put low class ass people in the tag team. The Live shows has better matches than the shows that come on TV. Just because Cena is in the match doesn’t mean it’s gonna draw numbers. Put EVERY big name in 1 big ass match.

      • suckaryback

        yeah. I’d rather watch a 45 min show with 1 awesome match with a bunch of great superstars instead your craptastic boring 3 hour shows with maybe 5 mins of greatness

    • Original CM Punk

      “Tag team matches as main events are generally mediocre earners…” Calling John Cena and The Rock teaming together in the main event of last year’s SS……….

      • Sofa

        with having cena beating both, miz and thruth before already

    • ZED87

      I actually do not remember the last WWE PPV which was exciting or had great matches throughout…. Just cuz I’ve been watching WWE for the past 15 years, I’ll continue doing it for the next 15 as well… *sigh*….. And it was only Miz’s fault totally that they drew less last SS… The boring, over-hyped duo of Dwayne and John had nothing to do with that.

    • shane-o-mac

      From what I hear I doubt it was because of ryback that hic got surprisingly strong ppv buys. And the reason ss got overhauled is because vince didn’t think things through before setting the ppv card. I’d rather see a championship match than an elimination tag match for the main event any day. Even if cena is involved.

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