This Sunday the WWE will put on the 18th annual Survivor Series. The venue is the Gund Arena in Cleveland. Not Dallas like the Boston TV Guide would like you to believe. That was last year. At least my hometown newspaper gets it right. As of right now there are seven matches on the card. There may or may not be an eighth match scheduled for the event on Sunday Night Heat.
JBL vs. Booker T
JBL has another one of his guarantees for this PPV and it’s not a win this time. This time he has claimed that he’ll leave Smackdown if he loses to Booker T. I, like a lot of people out there, would like to see Layfield finally lose the title to someone with credibility and Booker T has that in spades. I wasn’t a fan of JBL in his APA days, like most were, and I’m certainly not a fan of him as WWE Champion. He’s already had the title one month longer than Eddie Guerrero. So, his championship reign has to be killed here and now.
Booker T has gotten the best of the Champion ever since he turned face at his expense. The Challenger has also won every match that he and JBL (or Orlando Jordan) have been involved in. Taking into account of all of these wins for Booker and the guarantee that JBL made recently, I’d have to go with JBL as the winner. I’d rather predict Booker T as the winner and the new Champion, but that would be going with who I’d want to win rather than who will probably win. In the end, I hope that my prediction for JBL is wrong. That way the person that is WWE Champion would be right.
My Choice: JBL
Undertaker vs. Heidenreich
This all started back at No Mercy last month when Heidenrich rammed a truck into the hearse that the Undertaker was in. Since then it’s been a bunch of attacks by Heidenreich on fans, announcers, and other wrestlers. Everyone else except the Undertaker.
Yes, folks that’s about all that has been happening here in this storyline for the past month. And, yes, this match will be a boatload of suck. The only thing that will be exciting about this contest will be the beating that ‘Taker dishes out to Heidenreich after he wins the four minute match.
My Choice: Undertaker
Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian
Christian gets his second chance at the Intercontinental Championship this Sunday since last September. At that time Edge was stripped of the IC title because of an injury. Chris Jericho went on to defeat Christian to win the IC title for the seventh time. One month later at Taboo Tuesday Shelton Benjamin was voted in as the Challenger. He ended up beating Jericho in a fantastic match to win the title. Since then Christian has been attacking Benjamin and complaining that he should have been the one that was voted in at Taboo Tuesday. Shelton Benjamin granted Christian a shot at his title so that he can silence the CLB once and for all.
I’m not a fan of one month title reigns unless it’s for the better. To give Christian the win here would mean that the title would change hands three times in as many months. That’s a little too many in my book. If you remember, Benjamin was beating Triple H in match after match before he was injured during the summer. It looks as if the bookers are still going with the push that I feel Mr. Benjamin deserves since his return. I’m all for the said push to continue with a win in two days.
My Choice: Shelton Benjamin
Classic Survivor Series Elimination Match
Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Maven, & Randy Orton vs. Batista, Gene Snitsky, Edge, & Triple H
Speaking of Chris Jericho, he and three others, Chris Benoit, Maven, and Randy Orton, will be fighting for the right to have total control of RAW for a month (a week for each member of the winning team). They’ll have to fend against the mismatched team of Evolution (Triple H and Batista), Edge, and Gene Snitsky. The sticky situation that Triple H will be in, no matter which team wins, is that everyone’s gunning for his World Heavyweight Championship. This includes Big Dave as well!
I’m tired of seeing Triple H run RAW. He takes it upon himself to do so every time that Eric Bischoff isn’t around and it’s boring as all hell. I’m sure that other people feel the same way as I do. It’s time for someone else to be in control of RAW besides the boredom that is Evolution.
My Choice: Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Maven, & Randy Orton
Classic Survivor Series Elimination Match
Eddie Guerrero, Rob Van Dam, Big Show, & John Cena vs. Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak, & Carlito Caribbean Cool
All participants in this match have an outstanding feud with at least one other person on the opposing team. The two most obvious feuds are John Cena vs. U.S. Champion Carlito Cool and Big Show vs. Kurt Angle. This match will possibly setup some matches for WrestleMania 21. That’s the most likely case for Cena vs. Carlito. During this last week Hardcore Holly injured Carlito in a house show match. He may be out for about three months after his match this Sunday.
The way I see this match turning out is with Carlito and Cena being counted out early in the match so that Carlito’s injury doesn’t worsen. Big Show will likely do the most damage to Angle’s team, but in the end it looks like Angle and his cohorts will somehow come away with the win.
My Choice: Kurt Angle’s Team
Trish Stratus vs. Lita
Trish has done an excellent job at being the thorn in Lita’s side for months. On top of that she did a wonderful promo last Monday. She said that Lita was the “Kiss of Death” to Essa Rios, the Hardy Boyz, and even said that she was the reason for the show Dark Angel to get cancelled.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed that promo. It was very funny and to a point had some truth to it, at least when it came to the Hardy Boyz. I’ll admit that I wasn’t thrilled for Trish winning the Women’s Championship for the fifth time back at Bad Blood in June. But, since then she has won me over with her slutty heel character. I love it and wish her the best as she retains her title this Sunday. Oh, and for Lita…go back to making babies with a freak. Maybe she can with her second enemy from this year, Gene Snitsky.
My Choice: Trish Stratus
Billy Kidman vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Spike Dudley vs. Rey Mysterio
The Champion here is Spike Dudley. He defeated Rey Mysterio for the title on Smackdown back in July. Since then he really hasn’t had any challengers. Because of that this match was thrown together. Imagine that, a cruiserweight match just thrown together. Hmmm. I think I’ve seen that happen before. This match is comprised of Spike vs. Rey and Billy vs. Chavo. Spike vs. Rey is mostly likely steaming from the said July title win. Billy Kidman/Chavo Guerrero has more story to it in less time. The basics have been already told in my No Mercy Predictions. The addition now is that Chavo is back in action and ready to get revenge on Kidman.
To get this down to Billy Kidman vs. Chavo Guerrero, I feel that Kidman will pick up the win and the Cruiserweight title here. This way Chavo can not only get his revenge on Kidman in a one-on-one match, but will also have some gold to capture too. Plus, with the Cruiserweight Championship in the mix fans will be even more excited about the future encounter.
My Choice: Billy Kidman
So there you have it. Two seemingly good Survivor Series matches, a nice little fatal fourway cruiserweight action, one excellent IC title match, and the promising demise of JBL as WWE Champion. Plus, we’ll have a little bit of slut and a little bit of suck thrown in for your viewing pleasure.