Since the Survivor Series was Sunday, it’s time for a quick update on how I’m doing in the prediction contest I’m not winning.
I’m still not winning, but a few more showings like I had on Sunday and it’s not impossible that I could be. I went 6 for 6, my first perfect event! I’m now sitting at 17 points for the year, while the person in the lead has 26. Looking down to the bottom of the list, it appears the guy with 3 points now has 4. Movin’ on up, woo!
I thought the Survivor Series wasn’t too bad, but I still hope nobody ordered it. It deserves a 0 buyrate based on how terribly uninteresting most of the TV was leading up to it. If you have 3 hours to kill you might want to watch it, but it’s not worth $40 to do so so find somebody with a tape or see if the internet has a copy lying around (hint hint, it does).
It was cool to see Miz, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre treated so well on the show. New guys don’t usually get good nights anymore or if they do they’re almost immediately ruined by stupidity on the next show. They looked strong winning their elimination match and even got some interview time later on to try to establish themselves a bit more. It seems like they have plans for Sheamus and McIntyre, but Miz has been started and stopped before so it’ll be interesting to see if they stick with him this time. I feel bad for poor Jack Swagger though. He’s arguably the most talented and deserving of a push out of all the guys on his team, but he was treated pretty much as an afterthought here. I don’t like his odds since they dropped his I won’t lose another match this year gimmick after only a few uninspired weeks and now he got pretty much jobbed out like a goof on pay-per-view. He should have never been moved to Raw, but sadly that’s the case with pretty much anybody who looks to have a future lately Sheamus excluded so far.
Batista vs. Rey Mysterio was exactly what it should have been even if Rey wasn’t leaving to get his knees fixed.Dave the Turtlebeat the hell out of him, the match was stopped and then Rey was killed some more and carried to the back. The only problem with any of this was that they made the mistake of doing it in Batista’s hometown so he was cheered like a motherfucker. In fairness to WWE I wouldn’t have expected him to be cheered quite so much given how popular Mysterio is, so this isn’t one you can really blame the booking for. It sounded like about 95% of the crowd was hoping for a death while a few kids were fearing for poor Rey’s life. I’m interested in how or if they’ll edit this for video packages and replays, because as it is one of their new top heels looks like he’s the top face while beating up one of the actual top faces. Speaking of heels and faces, I’m not sure if it’s because it’s different or if this is how it actually is, but Batista comes off so much better playing the bad guy tossing smaller dudes around than he did as the good guy playing to the crowd. Face Batista had gone about as far as he could have gone a long time ago, so the change can do nothing but good.
Team Kingston vs. Team Orton was nothing special aside from the continuing elevation of Kofi Kingston to main event level. WWE is on to something here. I can’t fucking stand Randy Orton and I wish he would just go away, but if he can help make a new star using his inexplicable popularity his sleep-inducing presence on my TV will at least be justified for a while.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the rest of the show. I enjoyed the 2 title matches and the women’s elimination match was a women’s elimination match. Surprisingly I thought the DX and Cena 3-way was a bit better than Jericho vs. Undertaker vs. Big Show, which I was looking forward to more than anything else going in.
The next PPV is in about 3 weeks (Jesus Christ!). Hopefully I can carry some of the good luck I had this week into that show and move myself up the standings. I’d like to finish in the top 5 or at least the top 10 if possible. If WWE keeps booking wisely like they did here and refrains from making stupid decisions to try to fool people I think I can do it, which means only one thing. Top 25, here I come!