Survivor Series is a pay-per-view that, despite its reputation for elimination-style tag team matches, has had its fair share of high-profile championship bouts. The Undertaker's legendary career was elevated significantly when he beat Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship in 1991. Bret Hart and Diesel punished one another's bodies in a hard-hitting No Disqualification match in 1995.
The course of professional wrestling was altered forever when Hart defended against Shawn Michaels in 1997. Five years later, Michaels stunned the world when he captured the World Heavyweight Championship inside the Elimination Chamber.
Over the course of the last decade, the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship matches have become the attraction of the Survivor Series and, as such, those matches have been booked fairly well leading into the show.
When Big Show and Randy Orton meet this Sunday night in the main event of the 2013 Survivor Series, however, it will be at the expense of the WWE Championship.
And the current champion.
The feud between Big Show and Orton has stagnated the WWE title picture severely, though not because of the champion. If anything, Orton has fallen victim to the biggest problem surrounding the Survivor Series main event as much as the title itself.
The conflict between Big Show and The Authority, from the loss of Show's fortune to his asinine crying to the firing and lawsuit that followed it, has been and remains at the center of the Survivor Series main event.
The WWE Championship is a prop, and Randy Orton is but a fringe player in the story being told. For that reason, the entire title picture has been held hostage by the overarching angle at play.
Big Show, the challenger in Sunday's main event, has not wrestled a match on television since October 4, when he faced Orton and The Shield in a four-on-one Handicap Match. He won that match by disqualification.
Since then, he has cried (a lot), knocked out Triple H, gotten himself fired, sued the company and held them hostage for his job back and a WWE title match.
Now he enters one of the four biggest shows of the year as the No. 1 contender.
Orton, the champion, has since been knocked out by the new No. 1 contender and chokeslammed through a table. And what did he do for revenge? He whined and complained about it backstage, asking The Shield, Kane, Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero why they did nothing about it.
The minute the WWE Champion turns to Brad Maddox to solve a problem of his, all credibility is lost.
The Viper has more closely resembled a corn snake since his heel turn in August.
In fact, outside of a glimpse of his old sadistic ways against The Miz in front of his parents in Cleveland and the RKO to Daniel Bryan through the announcers' table leading into Battleground in October, Orton has essentially become an errand boy for Triple H, doing all the in-ring work that the COO cannot.
The common answer to the question "How do you fix the problem?" would be to give Orton a strong win over Big Show at Survivor Series. But even that is unlikely to work at this point. Even then, the focus of the main event would be on Show's vendetta against The Authority, leaving the WWE Champion as a bit player in a bigger story.
The best way to solve the current situation is to give Big Show the title Sunday night. Only then, after all of the negative feedback floods social media and ratings dive to the lowest they have been in years, will the company realize the error of their ways.
What? Negative feedback has already flooded social media and ratings have already hit lows?
Well, at least Orton would be able to escape the nonsense, leaving Big Show and Triple H to continue their headlining feud, eventually leading to a WWE Championship match that would pack any arena in the country.