10 Ideas To Salvage WWE Survivor Series

Stale PPV needs a jolt, but there are plenty of ways to spice up bland show.


Is there a “major” WWE PPV that produces less enthusiasm these days than Survivor Series?

While the battle for “brand supremacy” might really work the WWE brass into a lather every year, it just causes fans to yawn in boredom. There’s no real issue between the wrestlers other than they compete for one brand or the other.

However, because the annual draft takes place in October, many superstars have been part of their respective brand for barely a month, so the concept of “brand loyalty” is just ridiculous. In fact, 11 of the 20 wrestlers taking part in the two elimination matches were on the opposing brand a month ago.

Plainly put, there is no realistic or even partially plausible reason to be invested in these matches – including the champion versus champion bouts – so there’s no reason for fans to care about this PPV. The results will be forgotten as soon as Raw airs the following night. (NXT’s 2019 “victory” was all but forgotten a week later and everyone went about their business.)

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

There are several things WWE could do to salvage Survivor Series and make it feel important again. They can weave the PPV results into bigger storylines, put some actual stakes to winning these matches.

Here are just a few examples of how to salvage WWE’s Fall Classic. Some of these could be combined to really raise the stakes, but anything is better than the current nothing.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.