The first two-thirds of 2013 felt like one corner-turner after another for WWE. The upper card was filled with fresher faces like The Shield, Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Ryback, Fandango, and others. Events like Payback, Money in the Bank, and SummerSlam were some of the finer cards WWE had ever produced. The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 29 were boosted by the presence of The Rock as WWE Champion one more time. The main event push of Daniel Bryan had captivated WWE crowds like few before him. It seemed as though 2013, from a product standpoint, was due to be one of WWE's strongest years in a long time.
Then the Authority came along. And the dragged out "abeyance" nonsense. And the attempt to transplant the Bryan effect into a long-in-the-tooth Big Show ("YES" chants and all). WWE wasn't exactly the same once September rolled around, the optimistic sheen wearing away like the enamel in a hobo's mouth.
Then came a dismal trio of pay-per-views: a historically-bad Battleground, a mediocre Hell in a Cell, and this: a dull, colorless Survivor Series. The flavor had turned sour, and those aboard the Daniel Bryan bandwagon didn't like the direction things were headed.
Here are ten facts about the 2013 Survivor Series you may not have known.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.