Over the past few years, many wrestling fans have been debating whether Survivor Series should still be considered a “big four” PPV. Shows like Money in the Bank have been met with much better reviews than Survivor Series lately, and WWE didn’t really do much to change that… until this year.
2016’s Survivor Series so far only has six matches on the card, but they all feel like big matches. The brand split is in full swing and this means Smackdown and Raw get to face of in traditional SS matches for the first time since 2008. Plus, Goldberg will return to the ring after 12 years and looks to beat “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar.
With this year’s Survivor Series being the most hyped event of the year, here are mine (George Evans) and Lj O’Loughlin’s predictions:
Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto – Cruiserweight Championship match & if Kalisto wins, Smackdown gets the entire cruiserweight division.
Brian Kendrick won the Cruiserweight Championship from TJ Perkins at Hell in a Cell. A good decision since he’s the only developed character in the division. With Smackdown putting their Intercontinental Championship on the line against Raw, Mick Foley thought it was fair that Raw put a championship on the line versus Smackdown. A stipulation was then added, which is that if Kalisto wins, Smackdown gets the title and the whole cruiserweight division.
Lj: I think Kalisto gets the win here to move the cruiserweights to SD. Should be a great match.
George: I think Kendrick keeps the belt and the division stays on Raw. Raw has three hours to fill and the cruiserweights helps with that. It would devalue the belt too if Kendrick loses the belt so quick.
Intercontinental Championship match: The Miz (c) vs. Sami Zayn
The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler this past week on Smackdown to become a six-time Intercontinental Champion. A few weeks ago though, Dolph Ziggler challenged any Raw superstar to face him with the title on the line at Survivor Series. Sami Zayn beat Rusev on Raw for the right to face Ziggler. Since Miz beat Ziggler this week though, he will be the one to defend the title on Sunday.
Lj: I think Miz wins here, but somehow manages to move to Raw in a trade with Sami. Expect Maryse to get involved.
George: I reckon Miz retains, since he will be able to gloat to Daniel Bryan some more. Plus, having two midcard championships on Raw would be pointless.
Women’s traditional SS 5-on-5 elimination match: Team Raw (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax & Alicia Fox) vs. Team SD (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella & Naomi)
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan challenged Raw to three 5-on-5 elimination SS matches, and one of those matches is a women’s match. Charlotte announced herself as Team Raw captain and announced that Bayley and Nia Jax were on the team, calling Bayley the weak link of the team. The next week on Raw, Michael Cole announced that Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks would complete the team. On SD, Nikki Bella defeated Natalya to become SD’s team captain. Natalya would later become team coach. On November 2, Lynch, Bliss, Carmella and Naomi filled out the team. Last week on SD during a Carmella/Nikki Bella match, Charlotte made her way through the crowd with a ticket to the show and sat in the front row. Nikki would attack Charlotte, before the rest of Team Raw came out. Team Smackdown came to the rescue and stood tall.
Lj: Team Blue here for mine. Too much dissension between the girls on Raw and SD girls need a win as Sasha and Charlotte continue to break down barriers. Becky and Alexa are going to be sole survivors.
George: Team Raw win this one. Charlotte hasn’t lost at a PPV yet, and I don’t think this is the time to end her streak. Charlotte and Sasha will be the final survivors, which will set up their rematch for the Raw Women’s title.
10-on-10 SS tag team elimination match: Team Raw (New Day, Gallows & Anderson, Shining Stars, Enzo & Cass, Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. Team SD (Slater & Rhyno, American Alpha, Breezango, The Usos, Hype Bros)
Another match formed from Shane and Daniel’s challenge. Since the New Day and Slater & Rhyno are the tag team champions of their brand, they were made captains of their teams. For Raw, Gallows & Anderson, Enzo & Cass, Cesaro & Sheamus and the Golden Truth were announced for the team. R-Truth sold the Golden Truth’s spot on the team to the Shining Stars for a timeshare in Puerto Rico though, and then lost a match to win it back. On SD, Hype Bros defeated The Ascension, The Usos defeated The Headbangers, American Alpha defeated The Spirit Squad, and Breezango defeated The Vaudevillians to qualify for team.
Lj: Way too much dissension on Raw for my liking. American Alpha and Usos sole survivors.
George: Smackdown wins since I think it will be one a piece going into the final Raw vs SD match. The New Day insulted everyone other than American Alpha on Raw a few weeks ago, and I reckon that is foreshadowing American Alpha being the sole survivors. They need some momentum, and this would be the perfect for it.
Men’s traditional SS 5-on-5 elimination match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman) vs. Team SD (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Shane McMahon)
Another Shane and Daniel challenge. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho were made co-captains of Raw’s team. Mick Foley announced Roman Reigns would join the team, and Braun Strowman won a battle royal to qualify for the team. Seth Rollins was later confirmed for the team a week later. The five would face each other in a five-way match, with Owens accidentally pinning Jericho to win. During this episode, Stephanie McMahon also insinuated that Team Raw’s jobs were on the line. On MizTV, Daniel Bryan announced the SD team would feature Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Baron Corbin and AJ Styles. However, during a bout with Kalisto, Corbin injured his knee and became unable to compete at Survivor Series. Daniel Bryan would later ask Shane McMahon to fill in for him, and Shane agreed. James Ellsworth was also announced as SD’s team mascot. Last week on Raw, Shane and Daniel confronted Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley. Team Raw came out and surrounded them, before Team SD emerged from the crowd. The teams eventually brawled, with Rollins and Reigns powerbombing Styles onto the rest of Team SD to stand tall. Team SD were then guests on Cutting Edge on the go-home Smackdown show. The Undertaker came out and said that if SD don’t win, they will have to deal with him. He also said that Raw needs to rest in peace.
Lj: I think team Raw prevails here solely due to the closing segment of Smackdown with Taker threatening whoever costs the team. Braun will wreak havoc, Reigns and Rollins sole survivors.
George: I think and hope Smackdown will win. I think Stephanie will fire people after Raw’s defeat and they will end up on Smackdown. Smackdown has consistently been the better show, and they deserve to win this. I think Dean Ambrose will be the sole survivor.
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
Goldberg re-established a working relationship with WWE by featuring as a pre-order bonus for WWE 2K17. He was a big part of the advertising campaign, so this sparked up rumours of his return. Brock Lesnar was confirmed as the cover star for the game, and he and Goldberg traded insults and jabs throughout the marketing process. Goldberg would then feature on Sportscenter, where he teased a return. Paul Heyman addressed Goldberg’s remarks and challenged him to face Brock Lesnar in a rematch to their Wrestlemania XX clash, where Goldberg won. Goldberg returned to Raw after 12 years the next week to accept Lesnar’s challenge. A few weeks later, Goldberg was on Raw again, but Heyman interrupted him and teased Lesnar being there. Rusev came out instead and he mocked Goldberg, leading to Bill giving Rusev a jackhammer. Goldberg also speared Heyman. On the most recent Raw, Goldberg and Lesnar both faced off in the ring, but were separated by security guards. Heyman pushed Goldberg too far, which lead to Goldberg attacking all of the guards. Lesnar looked set to fight him, but he retreated.
Lj: Not a doubt in my mind that Brock goes over here. If Goldberg is sticking around they could go a dusty finish, but Brock walks out victorious for mine.
George: I agree and say that Brock is winning. I don’t think WWE are going to let Lesnar lose to Goldberg twice, and he hasn’t been pinned or submitted for ages, and Goldberg won’t be the one to end that. I think he will win clean, but something might happen after the match.
So, what are your predictions for Survivor Series 2016? Do you want Raw or Smackdown to win overall?
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