Ed Note: AA is pleased to welcome one of the best WWE bloggers on the web, Arda Ocal, for coverage of the squared circle for the first time. In his debut column, Arda examines this weekend's Survivor Series pay per view and whether or not it's still one of the company's "Big 4" events.
This Sunday, WWE presents Survivor Series on Pay Per View. This event is regarded as one of the Top 4 WWE yearly Pay Per View Events, along with SummerSlam, Royal Rumble and the "Super Bowl" of Sports Entertainment, WrestleMania.
For the past several years, however, one has to wonder if that title is in name only.
Debuting in 1987 in Richfield, Ohio, The Survivor Series is the second longest running WWE Pay Per View event (Wrestlemania began in 1985). In the early years, the card was comprised primarily (often entirely) of multi-man (or woman) elimination tag team matches, now known as “traditional” Survivor Series matches. The events happened on Thanksgiving in November regardless of what day it fell on - this was later changed when WWE adopted an all-Sunday PPV event schedule.
At first, much like another WWE PPV event, the Royal Rumble, the matches presented were interesting and unique. But at years went by, the traditional Survivor Series matches began to lose their appeal, and by the late 90s/early 2000s, Survivor Series events were being presented largely with no such matches present (Survivor Series 1998 contained no traditional Survivor Series matches).
The PPV buyrates for Survivor Series support this argument – taking a look at the last 6 years, including the main event and the number of traditional Survivor Series matches:no comments