WWE Survivor Series has some big matchups, but the build for this year’s show has been lacking. The signature elimination tag matches that make the event famous were booked on the fly, using Twitter. They have since been changed several times. WWE superstar Drew McIntyre is standing up and saying they think the show needs to be bigger to get more interest.

The champion vs champion main event between Roman Reigns and Big E was treated by the company as complete afterthought. It feels like a secondary pay-per-view. Survivor Series used to be one of the biggest events of the year. In a chat with Sean Sapp for Fightful, Drew said the stakes for the show should be higher.

“The idea of building momentum and being one of the survivors is cool, but I would like to see the stakes raised slightly and just make the particular match more compelling because that’s what it is all about for drawing people in. ‘They won, cool, I want to see them keep winning,’ we could raise the stakes.

I have a few ideas, but I saw [Xavier] Woods’ idea and I thought that was pretty clever. I know he always has some other ideas up his sleeve. The losing team has a five-way to figure out the fire five and the person left last would be first in the Rumble and the winning team fight in a five-way to decide the last five and the last man standing would be number 30 in the Rumble. I thought that was pretty interesting.”


McIntyre’s thoughts are interesting, as is Xavier Woods’ idea. You don’t have to make the stakes as high as the Royal Rumble, but you can build to those stakes with slightly lower stakes. Instead, it’s several random wrestlers in a match defending shows many of them weren’t on just recently.

Survivor Series goes down Sunday night. The show airs on Peacock in the US and WWE Network elsewhere. If you can’t watch the show, Ringside News will have live updates throughout the evening.

What do you think of adding higher stakes to Survivor Series? Share your take in the comments!

Thanks to Fightful for the interview and transcription!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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