The 30th annual Survivor Series will be presented live, tonight on the WWE Network with a special start time of 7 p.m. EST, live from the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario. This year’s fall spectacular is one of the most anticipated in recent memory as the battle will be for brand supremacy. Monday Night Raw will match their best superstars against SmackDown Live’s best to determine which brand is better. Along with the brand versus brand matches, fantasy warfare comes to real life as Brock Lesnar will do battle with Goldberg, who is stepping inside the squared circle for the first time in 12 years. There is a plethora of ways the booking team can go tonight to set up feuds moving forwards. So, which brand will reign supreme tonight?
The Brian Kendrick vs Kalisto – WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- If Kalisto is victorious, he will capture the WWE Cruiserweight championship and bring the entire Cruiserweight division with him to the Blue Brand
Brian Kendrick returned to WWE television when he was a participant in the Cruiserweight Classic, that aired exclusively on the WWE Network. Many fans have been behind Kendrick’s return and rightfully so. In his late-30s, this is likely the final WWE run for the Wizard of Odd. Kalisto, who has been vaguely used since being drafted by SmackDown Live back in the July draft, now has a chance to alter the course of the cruiserweight division.
Prediction: Kalisto. While the three-hour show of Monday Night Raw needs this division to fill out the show, the cruiserweights will be better suited on SDL.
The Miz vs Sami Zayn – WWE Intercontinental Championship
- If Sami Zayn is victorious, he will bring the WWE Intercontinental championship to Raw
The Miz is arguably the best act going in the WWE today. He should have never have dropped the championship to Dolph Ziggler, but he did recapture it on the 900th episode of SmackDown this past Tuesday night. Sami Zayn is excellent bell-to-bell, but why should fans invest in him? Is it because he has spent a majority of his career on the independent scenes? Is it because his entrance music excites the crowd to the point they sing it back to him? Either way, Miz SHOULD NOT lose the title, but I fear the worst.
Prediction: Sami Zayn. He should not be the champion and if he is victorious, he will likely end up in a feud where he loses the title in the near future.
10 on 10 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team Raw: The New Day, Enzo/Cass, The Club, Cesaro/Sheamus and the Shining Stars vs Team Smackdown: Heath Slater/Rhyno, American Alpha, The Usos, Breezango and The Hype Bros
This match has entirely way too many people in it, so hopefully there will be rapid-fire eliminations. Does anybody really care about the Shining Stars, Hype Bros or Breezango? I think not. This is just a method to include everyone on the card with a four-hours show (which is too long). There are only two teams who absolutely need to be the survivors of this match; The Club and American Alpha. The New Day and Enzo and Cass are over like rover and don’t need a big PPV win. Slater and Rhyno are the current champs, so they have that going for them. The Usos have already had numerous PPV spotlights.
Prediction: Team SmackDown. This match will come down to New Day and the Club vs American Alpha. After the Club gets themselves disqualified, they will cost their brand the match by attacking the New Day, thus giving SDL the win.
5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Women’s Elimination Match
Team Raw: Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Alicia Fox vs Tem Smackdown: Nikki Bella, Carmella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss and Naomi
The women’s division is on the right path and this match should showcase all of what they have to offer. I want to see a Charlotte/Becky Lynch matchup as they are both the champions on their respective brands. The women’s division on Raw has been featured more prominently as they have main evented both Raw and a PPV. When Charlotte and Sasha main evented the Hell in a Cell PPV, they did so inside the ominous Hell in a Cell structure, the first time the ladies have ever been put in a match of that caliber. Raw has the more dominant brand, in terms of women’s wrestlers, so they should get the win. Smackdown can shine to continue to elevate themselves.
Prediction: Team Raw. I see this coming down to Charlotte and Nia Jax being the soul survivors. There is no logical reason, outside of a count out or disqualification that Jax should be eliminated, as she is just too dominant. Team Smackdown has two feuds with four of the five women on the team, which could play dividends in this match.
Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg
This match has been billed as fantasy warfare comes to life. Goldberg was on the cover of the recently released WWE 2K17 video game. In an interview with ESPN, Goldberg said he would like to get back into the ring with Lesnar. Keep in mind that Goldberg hasn’t wrestled since the duo’s infamous match at WrestleMania 20, where both men were about to leave the company. The hype for this match has been well done, but Goldberg has looked a bit rusty, as a 49-year old, 12-years removed from a wrestling ring would. Lesnar is one of the top attractions in the WWE today and will look to victimize Goldberg, as his advocate, Paul Heyman has stated countless times in the past couple of weeks.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar. The only way Goldberg walks away victorious is if there is some kind of dirty finish. The only logical dirty finish could be Shane McMahon coming out and costing Lesnar the match, to get revenge from the F5 he took at SummerSlam in August. However, I don’t see that happening just yet. Lesnar will take Goldberg to Suplex City multiple times. Goldberg has stated in a recent interview that he tweaked his shoulder this past Monday on Raw when he was manhandling security guards. If THAT tweaked his shoulder, I fear what pain he will be in come Monday morning. Lesnar with the F5 and 1-2-3.
5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team Raw: Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman vs Team SmackDown: AJ Styles, Shane McMahon, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose
This match has all sorts of intriguing scenarios that will help move both brands in their respective directions. Braun Strowman can be further elevated in this type of match. Much like Jax on the women’s side of things, Strowman should only be eliminated via disqualification or count out. The pairing of JeriKO and former Shield brethren Rollins and Reigns should play a factor.
On the Smackdown side of things Styles will defend his WWE World Championship against Ambrose in two weeks at TLC. James Ellsworth, who is the internet darling with no chin, is the team’s mascot, could play a factor in this match and potentially cost one of the Smackdown guys or even the whole team. Orton has joined the Wyatt Family, but is tonight the night he snaps out of it and turns on Bray? The addition of McMahon is intriguing, especially if he costs Lesnar earlier in the evening. If that scenario plays out, I expect Lesnar to destroy Shane, pitting SDL in a 5-4 disadvantage. Also, on SmackDown Live 900 this past Tuesday, the Undertaker returned to lay the ultimatum that if SmackDown did not defeat Raw, they would have to answer to him. Yikes.
Prediction: Team Raw- Soul Survivors: Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns. This match should be a lot of fun, and could go at least 45-minutes. All the scenarios presented above could play a huge factor not only in this match, but moving forward. I think it will be Styles who suffers the final pin fall, thus setting up an eventual match with the Dead Man.
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