As a lifelong wrestling fan, I look forward to what is known as the WWE's "Big Four" pay-per-views each and every year. These pay-per-views include Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. The Royal Rumble is a must-see show for even the casual wrestling fan due to the excitement of the Royal Rumble match. WrestleMania is WWE's #1 priority year after year and it is a worldwide spectacle that has storylines that are set up months in advance. WWE has recently been attempting to make SummerSlam into WrestleMania 2.0 by making it the 2nd biggest spectacle of the year. And lastly, Survivor Series has become the red-headed stepchild of the WWE's "Big Four" which used to be known for its special Survivor Series matches.
Over the years, rumors of getting rid of Survivor Series, the 2nd longest running pay-per-view in company history, has floated around on a yearly basis. The Survivor Series pay-per-view has been manipulated and messed with so much to the point that it has even went without a traditional Survivor Series match involved on the show. Could you imagine a Royal Rumble pay-per-view without a Royal Rumble match? Or even a Money in the Bank or Hell in a Cell for that matter? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Then why would they remove the Survivor Series matches from its own pay-per-view? The fact of the matter is, it seems like they find these matches way too much work to build upon and the recent brand split may have been just what the doctor ordered.