While watching May 20th’s Monday Night RAW, I’ve jumped onto my laptop to express a set of ideas leading up to WWE Survivor Series later this year and WrestleMania 30.
Given that WWE is currently establishing this ‘Paul Heyman guy’ angle, I figure that by the Survivor Series pay-per-view, WWE’s five on five traditional Survivor Series match could be as follows:
Triple H, The UnderTaker & The Shield
Brock Lesnar, Curtis Axel, Mick Foley, CM Punk & Rob Van Dam
Now, before anyone says so, I realize that there are a thousand and one reasons why this won’t happen, but as we all know, anything is possible in WWE.
Let’s start with the Paul Heyman guys:
Well we all know about CM Punk and Brock Lesnar being Paul Heyman guys, and as established on this edition of RAW, Curtis Axel is a Paul Heyman guy also. Now, to throw Mick Foley into the mix would be a relatively easy deal because it would be asking him to compete in just one match and being that it’s on such a stage as Survivor Series, I doubt he’d say no. Story-wise, Foley knows Heyman from a long time ago, back in ECW. Rob Van Dam is a tricky one, but rumor has it that he is or is about to be a free agent. If I’m WWE, I sign RVD and bring him in as the man, the final man that Heyman turns to in order to re-establish Heyman’s ‘extreme supremacy’. RVD is very much a fan favorite and the WWE can initially still use him that way, until he defeats John Cena by way of cheating and thus becoming the new WWE Champion. This can happen before or after Survivor Series and again the fans will have the choice to cheer or boo a man that’s screwed over John Cena, just like CM Punk did. Sure, CM Punk may not be pleased to see RVD take his spotlight, but in-fighting can occur between the two of them much later, perhaps with one eliminating the other at Royal Rumble.
With a Survivor Series challenge established by Heyman, Triple H would need to assemble a team. Two major shocks here; 1) he turns to The Shield because they still haven’t lost as a unit, even by Survivor Series. 2) he convinces UnderTaker to put his issues with The Shield aside in order to take down a guy Taker threw off a Cell, a guy Taker beat at Mania, a punk like Axel, an ECW original and a man Taker legitimately hates, Brock Lesnar. A major issue here would be that The Shield would have no reason whatsoever to help Triple H. However, The Game, the cerebral assassin, tells The Shield that if they don’t nip Heyman et al. in the bud now, then Heyman’s faction would take over Monday Night RAW and therefore it wouldn’t be long before Heyman’s guys target The Shield’s gold. Hunter tells them that Heyman is vastly experienced in getting what he wants and while he may offer The Shield a deal here, at the end of the day Heyman will always treat them as lackeys because the likes of Punk, Lesnar and Van Dam will always come first. Triple H offers The Shield to really elevate themselves as main eventers, to make a name for themselves alongside a The Phenom that is The UnderTaker and The King of Kings Triple H. The Shield are concerned about where they would stand with Taker, but Hunter tells them that UnderTaker won’t touch them and they won’t touch him. Bygones are bygones and all that. In a similar way, Hunter convinces The UnderTaker that what The Shield did to him after Mania was simply business. He tells The Deadman that he admires the balls that they have to take him down. This angers Taker, but UnderTaker tells Triple H that he does see the bigger picture. He tells Triple H that he’ll go into the match at Survivor Series to defeat Heyman’s crew, but warns that if The Shield provoke him at all, then all hell will break loose.
In typical Survivor Series fashion, this would be one hell of a match and the comms will build it as if it is the most intense traditional five-on-five Survivor Series match that they can ever remember. They build that pride and power is on the line here and it could be that the conditions to this match are as follows: if Triple H’s team win, Heyman’s faction disbands. If Heyman’s team wins, Heyman gets the job as General Manager of Monday Night RAW. I would suggest that Paul Heyman did get to The Shield and told them that his boys wouldn’t go after any of their Titles. Therefore, Taker and Triple H are screwed over and thus Team Heyman win and Paul Heyman becomes General Manager of Monday Night RAW. Foley goes back off-screen, Punk and RVD call a truce that one of them will go after the World Heavyweight Title instead. And Brock Lesnar goes off-screen until maybe the Royal Rumble.
I believe in longevity and storytelling. There’s much more to all of this and there can be a various range of ways that these matches could come about, but at WrestleMania 30, based on what’s on the table so far, the matches I believe should be as follows:
The Shield (after establishing themselves as Heyman Guys) vs. Ryback (babyface, in the match based on unfinished business), Randy Orton & The UnderTaker – Three on three tag match which The UnderTaker’s team wins. Maintains his streak and it’s a huge deal because finally The Shield is defeated as a trio.
Curtis Axel vs. Daniel Bryan (Intercontinental Title?)
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H (Heyman puts his General Managership on the line. Hunter puts his career on the line again, but this time it’s not just as a wrestler, but if he loses then he leaves the WWE completely. Oh and there’s one thing, Special Guest Referee, a former Paul Heyman guy: Stone Cold Steve Austin – at one point JR yells “Austin stuns Heyman! Austin stuns Heyman! Good God almighty!”).
Rob Van Dam vs. CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. The Rock (WWE Championship. Turns out that Punk and Van Dam couldn’t get along and their obsession with the WWE Title matched their hatred of John Cena. The Rock doesn’t like anyone in this match, but his sole focus is becoming WWE Champion once again.
Phew, done. That was off the top of my head and this is all part of the many reasons why I would love to work for WWE and be part of their creative team. I have answers for any possibility and any angle. I have ideas that come constantly and I feel that this line-up for a monumental Survivor Series, Rumble and Mania would be absolutely amazing for the fans and for all those involved. Hope you’ve enjoyed the read. WWE… #HireFarook