On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that people within WWE are unhappy with the Raw vs. SmackDown theme for Survivor Series, feeling that it gets in the way of pre-existing storylines.
Meltzer used the Randy Orton example, noting that he isn’t going to be able to pay-off on his feud with The Miz, The Fiend and Drew McIntyre for several weeks before he has to face Roman Reigns later this month:
“They are doing matches because traditionally, that’s what they do. Again, the Survivor Series men and women’s match that’s fine. Whoever it’s going to be, the Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton match, it’s like they are doing it to do it. Granted, Roman Reigns has no opponent, but Orton does and they aren’t doing it, and it’s not like Roman Reigns is on the show this week doing something with Orton. I mean, Orton’s program is with McIntyre and the subtle thing with The Fiend, well maybe not even that subtle, and it has nothing to do with the pay-per-view because they’re locked into this traditional thing. I know a lot of people are, what’s the word I’m looking for, I know people who are not in agreement on that, in the sense of why do we have to do Bobby Lashley against Sami Zayn when nobody wants to see it, just because last year we did it this way.”
This is certainly a feeling that many wrestling fans and critics share too. The common opinion is that while it is somewhat cool to see five Raw stars go head-to-head with SmackDown stars, it doesn’t make much sense given the wider picture.