We’re already into November and that means it’s almost time for one of the biggest WWE pay-per-view events of the year. Survivor Series goes down in under two weeks! Now that we’ve gotten Crown Jewel out of the way, we thought we’d give you a preview of what to expect in Los Angeles at the annual showdown between the blue and red brands. It seems the WWE is short on time to hype this thing up, but we’ve got a few confirmed matches… and some predictions of our own.
The Raw and SmackDown Teams
5-on-5 Women’s Match: Raw Team (Alexa Bliss, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) vs. SmackDown Team (Carmella, Naomi, Asuka, Sonya Deville)
This week, we learned that Alexa Bliss will captain the Raw women’s team at Survivor Series. Bliss said she’d be watching closely during the match between Sasha Banks, Bayley, Natalya and the Riott Squad when deciding who to pick next. Well, that match didn’t come to much. It’s tough to see Bliss teaming up with a bunch of babyfaces, but it’d be nice to see Banks and Natalya in the mix. We’ll find out who she picks next week on Raw when Bliss finalizes her team.
The SmackDown team looks strong… if they can combine the powers of Asuka and Charlotte Flair, who is still a mystery at this point. We think Flair will opt to be captain, since we don’t see her anywhere else on the card and she really needs some positive action after her loss at Evolution. But she hasn’t officially accepted the offer that Paige extended last week.
If the Raw team steps it up (maybe throw Banks and Nikki Bella in the mix) then we think they’ve got this one. If not, blue could definitely take it. As we said, Flair needs a win.
5-on-5 Men’s Match: Raw Team (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, TBD, TBD, accompanied by Baron Corbin) vs. SmackDown Team (
Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Shane McMahon, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio)
Ugh, Corbin will be hanging ringside for the Raw Team, even though he admits he won’t actually be able to wrestle. (Expect some interference there.) The red brand has a few undecided spots, but right now, they look super strong.
The SmackDown team will have dueling rival co-captains in the Miz and Daniel Bryan, so it’ll be interesting to see if those two can avoid any drama. The addition of Samoa Joe is certainly intriguing, but we think Raw takes this one.
10-on-10 Tag Team Match: TBD (Raw) vs. The New Day, The Usos, TBD (SmackDown)
After The Usos defeated The New Day this week on SmackDown, they became captains of the blue brand’s tag team of 10 men for this matchup. Immediately afterward, they chose The New Day as their first pick. Respect. Meanwhile, we have no idea what Raw’s doing with this one… There’s ten teams total involved, so that’s basically everybody in the locker room who’s not already busy. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable? The Revival? Give this one to SmackDown. Everybody loves The New Day.
Brock Lesnar (Raw, Universal Champion) vs.
AJ Styles Daniel Bryan (SmackDown, WWE Champion)
We’re still surprised that Brock Lesnar recaptured the title at all. What on earth is the WWE doing right now? Since we doubt we’ll see him again until the PPV event, it’s hard to love Lesnar as the champ. AJ Styles and Lesnar battled it out last year at Survivor Series in a fantastic match that Lesnar ended up winning, so this year we think Styles will give him a run for his money. Maybe the WWE is positioning Lesnar to lose the title later on. Possibly to Strowman? So do they build him up as a dominant champ or plot his demise starting now?
We’re probably wrong about this and just grasping at straws, but give the victory to blue.
Update: After his heel turn and defeat of Styles on SmackDown this week, we’ll see the new WWE Champion Daniel Bryan face Lesnar at Survivor Series. Whoa.
Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs.
Becky Lynch (SmackDown Women’s Champion) Charlotte Flair
Oh, the heat and the promos that have come with this one! Honestly, this feels like it’s going to be the main event. These two fan-favorites will finally face off and the timing is perfect. It’s the one night a year that Raw and SmackDown Superstars overlap since the brands split two years ago. Both are now unquestionably the best women in their respective locker rooms since defending their titles at Evolution. Lynch made a good point this week – Rousey hasn’t really been tested yet. So could this be the first match that The Baddest Woman on the Planet loses? Well, it could happen… but we wouldn’t bet on it.
Update: After sustaining a possible concussion during her attack on Monday Night Raw, Lynch has selected Charlotte Flair as her replacement.
Seth Rollins (Raw, Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown, US Champion)
We just learned about this one on SmackDown this week. While fans dig Rollins, Nakamura has just been kinda lingering lately, retaining the belt, and attacking people from behind with the likes of Randy Orton. Can we expect an interference by Dean Ambrose during this match? Probably. We think Nakamura wins this one just to keep things interesting and position himself a little better within the blue brand.
Tag Team Champions – Authors of Pain (Raw) vs. The Bar (SmackDown)
Both these heel teams are finally getting a bit more of the spotlight in a PPV event, and good for them! Don’t rule out interferences or all-out brawls with Drake Maverick and The Big Show coming down to the ringside to support their guys.
Need-to-Know Details: The 32nd WWE Survivor Series is a Pay-Per-View event going down on Sunday, November 18th live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There’ll be a kick-off show at 6PM and the main card starts at 7PM EST.