Event pits strong competitors in winner-take-all matches
By Donny Chedrick
The week of Thanksgiving every year since 1987 has featured one of the big four pay-per-view events that World Wrestling Entertainment has offered since that time – Survivor Series.
The event is remembered for memorable matches, moments and debuts. The Rock and The Undertaker both made their respective debuts at Survivor Series. Shawn Michaels won the first ever elimination chamber match at Survivor Series. And we can’t forget about the Montreal Screwjob – a match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart that is one of the most controversial in history. If you haven’t seen it, look it up sometime.
This year’s version of the event doesn’t feature a match for a major title (WWE Heavyweight/WWE Universal), nor does it include a women’s championship match. Fans will see all of the big names in traditional elimination style Survivor Series matches. Tonight also touts a rematch 12 years in the making between Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. WWE is in Toronto and Survivor Series is expected to wow the crowd.
The Miz (c) vs. Sami Zayn (Intercontinental Championship match) – A cool stipulation is involved with this one, along with the Cruiserweight title match, but if Sami Zayn picks up the victory, the Intercontinental belt is heading to Raw. The Miz reclaimed the strap after defeating Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown earlier this week, which surprised some and showed that the WWE has yet again failed to put faith in Ziggler. However, I think it is a move to set up a heel against a face. It could also be a move to transition the title to someone who has deserved it for a long time. Keep in mind, Zayn is Canadian and Survivor Series is in Toronto. Raw will have the Intercontinental Championship after tonight.
Prediction: Sami Zayn wins the Intercontinental Championship via pinfall
Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto (Cruiserweight Championship match) – Similar to the tale with the previous match, if Kalisto wins, SmackDown gets the Cruiserweight title. However, not only does SmackDown get the belt, the Tuesday night program also gets the entire Cruiserweight division with it. If Sami Zayn brings the IC belt to Raw, the flagship show will become very championship heavy and SmackDown will look weak. Therefore, if that happens, Kalisto has to win the match because SmackDown needs something new to give the show a different dynamic because James Ellsworth isn’t exactly cutting it.
Prediction: Kalisto wins the Cruiserweight Championship via pinfall and the Cruiserweight division goes to SmackDown
Raw tag teams (New Day, Enzo and Cass, Cesaro and Sheamus, The Shining Stars, and Gallows and Anderson vs. SmackDown tag teams (Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, Breezango, and The Usos) – This match could either be great with a lot of exciting talent in the ring together, or terrible because there are way too many guys and it appears more like a battle royal match than a tag team match. If WWE gives the fans the final teams that they think the fans want to see, it will be the most exciting team on Raw and the most exciting team on SmackDown – neither of which hold belts. Enzo and Cass should face off with American Alpha in the final faceoff. In the end, I see SmackDown getting the win here behind American Alpha.
Prediction: SmackDown wins after American Alpha eliminates Enzo and Cass via pinfall
Raw women (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Bayley and Alicia Fox) vs. SmackDown women (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Naomi) – There is no reason why the Raw women don’t dominate this match, unless the team crumbles within. In fact, in a bit of a swerve, I think Raw sticks together and looks very strong in the end. The only woman I see being eliminated from the Raw team is Alicia Fox. Other than that, I think Raw methodically picks apart SmackDown and has four women standing strong at the end.
Prediction: Raw women dominate the SmackDown women as Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Bayley avoid elimination
Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Shane McMahon, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton) – Quite possibly the match people are looking forward to the most – yes, even more than Goldberg and Lesnar. There can be a lot of interesting encounters in this match and a possible reunion of sorts. Strowman facing off with Wyatt, Styles staring down with Owens, and Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose possibly rekindling some old Shield memories. I’m really not sure how this match will go down and who WWE wants to look strong because everyone involved is set up to be a strong superstar, besides an aging Chris Jericho and Shane McMahon. I think it comes down to Owens, Rollins and Reigns versus Styles and Ambrose, in which we see team members turn on themselves. Ambrose hits a finisher on Styles resulting in his elimination, then we see a Shield reunion. Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose take out Kevin Owens before attacking each other. Ambrose takes out Reigns, but Rollins strikes with the pedigree for the victory and sole survivor of Team Raw.
Prediction: Team Raw wins after Seth Rollins eliminates Dean Ambrose via pinfall
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman – The WrestleMania XX match between these two powerhouses has been regarded as one of the most disappointing in WWE history. Both men left the company for some time following that match – one that Goldberg was victorious. This time, Lesnar is the one that has to look strong and get his redemption on the legendary Goldberg. Hopefully it isn’t a typical Lesnar beat down though like we saw against John Cena and Randy Orton in recent memory. Fans want a battle between two Goliaths, not an absolute beat down. Lesnar is expected to win, but as long as the match isn’t like it was 12 years ago, fans will be satisfied.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar wins via pinfall