How WWE Survivor Series became a giant, Triple H-sized mess

November 14, 2017 GMT

How WWE Survivor Series became a giant, Triple H-sized mess

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The concept was simple enough. Survivor Series would serve as the one pay-per-view a year where WWE’s two flagship brands Raw and SmackDown would go head to head.

What began as a simple showdown between two stellar rosters has now turned into one strange mess after Sunday night’s Raw.

During a crazy episode, Triple H came out and effectively removed Jason Jordan from Team Raw and inserted himself, leaving Kurt Angle and fans with their jaws on the floor.

The move came out of nowhere, as Triple H hasn’t been on TV in quite some time. In fact, the entire Stephanie being unhappy with Kurt Angle storyline seemingly comes out of nowhere.

Triple H’s insertion in the five-on-five main event is a clear indication of Vince McMahon’s obsession with star power. It was rumored that initial plans for Survivor Series had John Cena, Steve Austin or The Rock serving as a special guest referee for the main event title match between Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal.

That didn’t happen. AJ Styles replaced Jinder Mahal in the match and John Cena joined Team SmackDown. At that point, Team SmackDown’s team of Cena, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and Shane McMahon were set to take on Team Raw’s lineup of Kurt Angle, (his son) Jordan, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman.

But enter Triple H. It’s hard to put in to words how strange it all is. If McMahon didn’t want Jordan in the main event (Who really did?), then insert someone like Bray Wyatt rather than Triple H, who hasn’t been involved in anything since WrestleMania.

Better yet, WWE could have just waited for Roman Reigns to come back and had The Shield serve as the centerpiece of Team Raw. A matchup, instead, between The Shield and New Day seems enticing. But there’s been no real buildup, making it feel more like an afterthought.

WWE has had a bad habit in recent years of letting part-timers overshadow its emerging talent. Usually, that’s reserved for WrestleMania (So Triple H can have a 15 minute entrance).

But Survivor Series is now suffering because of it. Sure, Triple H and John Cena being involved brings star power. But what happens next?

We already have to deal with Angle and Shane McMahon being involved in the match for no real reason. Triple H and Cena will probably be the last two men standing, because...well, because WWE.

Cena will probably disappear after the match until he builds some random feud heading into WrestleMania. Triple H will either go away as well or embark on a feud with Angle that no one asked for.

WWE was thriving without The Authority storyline. Yet, here it is again. It’s quite maddening.

But of course, I’ll watch it play out on Sunday.