Survivor Series takes place this Sunday at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and the night will see the WWE crown a new World Heavyweight Champion.
Seth Rollins’ injury has changed the majority of the card, with the semi-final and the final of the title tournament taking place at the event, rather than the Rollins vs. Roman Reigns match which was originally planned.
It’s a big night for the WWE as they’ll be hoping fans tune into the underwhelming card, and it’s also the event which is celebrating The Undertaker’s 25th anniversary.
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A handful of superstars are heading into the event with some pressure and they need to step up this Sunday for a number of reasons. Let's see who is under the microscope this weekend...
Right off the bat, Reigns needs to impress at Survivor Series. In fact, he’s probably the star who has the most pressure on him because it’s clear that the event is being built around him.
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Some fans still believe Reigns is either not ready for the championship or he doesn’t deserve the opportunity just yet. Nevertheless, barring any surprises, it’s clear Reigns is going to win the tournament and in turn become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
The fans will probably boo him out of the building, especially if he’s going up against Dean Ambrose, so he’ll need to find a way to deal with that because Survivor Series could be the night where Reigns receives his loudest negative reaction yet.
If he can put in good performances on the night and look like a legitimate champion then he should be fine once the event comes to a close.
The event is focusing on The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt which means everyone else in their feud feels like an afterthought, but that shouldn’t be the case.
The WWE have done a fantastic job with their vignettes where they have shown just how dominant The Brothers of Destruction have been in the WWE, but in this inside of the ring Kane hasn’t exactly done anything of note.
Most of the attention has been on The Deadman which is understandable, but the WWE need to make sure Kane competes as a monster and looks threatening.
If the focus is on The Undertaker again then this feud will have had no impact on The Demon which is a shame.
Kane is now heading in with this pressure of needing to impress, but he’s a veteran who has been in far worse situations so he should be able to deal with it.
This will be Charlotte’s second defence of her Diva’s Championship and if we skip over what happened this past week on Monday Night Raw, Charlotte probably wouldn’t need to impress as much.
However, the events that did unfold on Monday mean all eyes will be on Charlotte and Paige to see how they deal with all of the media scrutiny that has arisen since their contract signing.
It will be new to Charlotte so it will be interesting to see how she performs under that sort of pressure.
I doubt it will have an effect on her in-ring performance, but she needs to look confident and not look green. She needs to act like this is just another title defence and hopefully her performance shines so this situation blows over.
I wouldn’t say Ambrose is heading into the event with any sort of pressure on his shoulders compared to the rest on this list, maybe because he’s hardly done anything in recent months.
I do think Ambrose needs to impress though because he’s been an integral part of this tournament and the fans would not only love for him to advance to the final but go on to win the whole thing and be crowned champion. That, though, does remain doubtful.
Ambrose has been floating around for a while now, moving from feud to feud, so a good performance is needed so fans can take him seriously again and hopefully an impressive outing can send him in the right direction.
This is Tyler Breeze’s first pay-per-view match and that alone adds a little bit of pressure, but he hasn’t been helped by the fact that his arrival on the main roster has been underwhelming.
He hasn’t made any sort of impact on the main roster which is a shame as he has the talent to succeed. He has had a few run-ins with Dolph Ziggler and that has resulted in a match being created for Sunday.
He needs to impress on Sunday so he can use that momentum heading into Raw the following night and maybe that could be a turning point in his main roster career. The fans need to react to him, because right now we’re not hearing any cheers or boo’s which is never a good sign.
So perhaps a solid in-ring performance could change that and the match with Ziggler should be a solid one is enough time is given.
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