We’re a few days away from the 2016 edition of Survivor Series. The event is one of the big four WWE events of the calendar year, but for the past few years the event has become stale and hasn’t lived up to the hype the other three events have due to poor booking decisions. Right now I’m going to look at one event in particular and that’s last year’s Survivor Series.
There was a lot of questionable booking decisions for last year’s Survivor Series, like why are the Undertaker and Kane facing the Wyatt Family in a tag team match and not a traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match. Many people think they could do a better job at booking these shows and creating these matches. I’m going to do just that, book the matches that I think should’ve happened at the 2015 Survivor Series event. But once again, what do I know…I’m just some internet jabroni.
Let’s start off with my biggest complaint for this show, it’s called Survivor Series and yet there were no traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team matches announced beforehand. There was one meaningless 5 on 5 elimination match with Ryback, the Lucha Dragons and the Usos facing off against the New Day, King Barrett and Sheamus, and an even more meaningless elimination match on the Kickoff show where Neville, the Dudley Boyz, Titus O’Neil and a returning Goldust faced Stardust, The Ascension, the Miz and Bo Dallas. This proves that WWE doesn’t care about the Survivor Series concept anymore, so why should the fans care for these matches?
At the time, Neville was in an on and off feud against Stardust, who aligned himself with the Ascension and became known as the Cosmic Wasteland. Add in two more superstars in Sheamus and King Barrett and you have Team Stardust. Neville also seemed to align himself with a tag team on several occasions, and that tag team was the Lucha Dragons. These leaves two open spots on Team Neville, the first going to the returning Goldust (who had an issue with his brother Stardust). The second spot would go to Stephen Amell, of course if available, continuing his feud with Stardust. If Stephen Amell wasn’t available due to scheduling, I would throw Ryback into the mix as the 5th member of Team Neville, being as though Cesaro was injured at the time.
This now takes me to another traditional Survivor Series elimination match that should’ve been booked, but this time a 4 on 4 tag team match. Most of the internet (or IWC) wanted to see a dream match between the Wyatt Family and the Undertaker and Kane along with their partners, Sting and Finn Balor. As great of a match this would’ve been, and I would’ve loved to have seen it, this was not realistic at all. Sting had just suffered a career ending injury against Seth Rollins (insert Bret Hart comment here) at Night of Champions. As for Finn Balor, he wasn’t even on the main roster yet, so what would bring him into this feud storyline wise. Would’ve been hard to book that one. You wouldn’t be able to put him in the match simply because he has cool body paint and an awesome entrance. The Brothers of Destruction should’ve faced the Wyatt Family in a 4 on 4 match but this match was just what it was billed as…a DREAM match.
Who were the more realistic partners for Taker and Kane, in come the Dudley Boyz. Since their return to WWE, the Dudley Boyz have done what every veteran should do, put over younger talent. They did just this, putting over tag teams like the New Day, the Usos, and as we would see after this event, the Wyatt Family. What better way to have Taker and Kane win the match without making all 4 members of the Wyatt Family look like total jokes (this includes two members that weren’t in the match but yet got destroyed also). The Wyatt Family eliminate both Dudley Boyz before falling to the surviving Undertaker and Kane. My wish would be to have the Wyatt Family go over in this match but that’s definitely not happening on a show that’s being billed as the 25th anniversary of the Phenom.
Another big story going into the Survivor Series event was the crowning of a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. A 16 man tournament was created after Seth Rollins had to vacate the championship due to injury. The semi-final matches opened the show with Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio and Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens. Both former Shield members respectively won their matches, putting them to face eachother in the finals. Despite being the fan favorite, Ambrose lost to Reigns, therefore crowning him the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. With the backing of Triple H, Sheamus then came out and cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase, winning the championship after two brogue kicks to the newly crowned champion. Roman Reigns later went on to feud with the Authority in what would become a failed attempt to making Reigns a fan favorite. Being the more over superstar, I would’ve put Ambrose in this spot. This would’ve gotten a bigger response (example: the crowd reaction when Dean Ambrose and Triple H was the final two superstars in the 2016 Royal Rumble match).
Now on to the undercard matches. I would’ve put the Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler match on the Kickoff show and given them twice as much time (original match went a little over 6 and a half minutes).
Not touching the Divas Title match, Charlotte vs. Paige had the perfect build along with the correct outcome.
Now on to the New Day, who was feuding with the Usos at the time. Paying homage to Teddy Long, I would’ve booked this as a tag team match for the WWE World Tag Team Championships. The result of the match would’ve had a DQ finish leading to the triple threat tag team ladder match at TLC and rematch at the Royal Rumble.
Final Survivor Series 2015 card:
Kickoff Show match: Tyler Breeze def. Dolph Ziggler
1) Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens
2) Roman Reigns def. Alberto Del Rio
3) Traditional 5 on 5 Survivor Series elimination match: Team Neville (Neville, the Lucha Dragons, Goldust, and Stephen Amell) def. Team Stardust (Stardust, the Ascension, King Barrett, and Sheamus)
4) Charlotte def. Paige
5) 4 on 4 Survivor Series elimination match: The Undertaker, Kane, and the Dudley Boyz def. The Wyatt Family
6) The Usos def. The New Day by DQ (due to interference from Xavier Woods)
7) Dean Ambrose def. Roman Reigns to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion
8) Sheamus def. Dean Ambrose to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion