For the second time since the WWE launched its latest brand split, the Raw and SmackDown rosters are facing off in a program of matches at Survivor Series.
There are a number of dream matches on the card, from AJ Styles taking on Brock Lesnar, to The New Day in a six-man tag match against The Shield. Oh, and that men’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series match is simply loaded (Shinsuke Nakamura staring down Triple H sounds amazing).
So who will win? Here’s a look at my predictions for the PPV:
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Nov. 19
Time: 6 p.m. Preshow begins at 5 p.m. on YouTube.
Where: Toyota Center in Houston
TV: WWE Network
Enzo Amore (c) vs. Kalisto
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Who should win: Enzo Amore.
Since joining the cruiserweight division and defeating Neville for the title, Amore has thrived on “205 Live.” The title around Amore’s waist has helped bring attention to the entire division. No sense in taking it off of him yet.
Who will win: Enzo Amore.
The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
Six-man tag team match
Who should win: The Shield.
Arguably the WWE’s two most influential tag teams in the last half decade are facing off. However, since The Shield just reunited, a victory over The New Day would continue their moment as we head into WrestleMania season.
Who will win: The Shield.
The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
Who should win: The Miz.
An intriguing heel-versus-heel matchup, but the edge has to go to The Miz. Corbin stands as a lone wolf, but Miz has a posse surrounding him. The Miztourage have — and will — make their presence known in the bout.
Who will win: Corbin.
If nothing else, a Corbin win would — according to my totals — bring the score to 3-all for Raw and SmackDown going into the final match.
Sheamus and Cesaro vs. The Usos
Tag team match
Who should win: The Usos.
No tag team has been able to re-emerge into the thick of the division quite like The Usos. The twins reinvented their image and have put on amazing matches — especially against The New Day — in recent months. Sheamus and Cesaro will give them a great match, but I’m circling The Usos in this one.
Who will win: The Usos.
Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte Flair
Who should win: Flair.
Bliss and Flair have dominated their respective women’s divisions since joining the main roster from NXT. So it’s fitting that they would meet in the battle of champions at Survivor Series. While Bliss has been able to scratch and claw her way to victory, Flair has proven to be outright dominant — especially at PPVs.
Who will win: Flair.
Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles
Who should win: Styles.
When Jinder Mahal was the WWE champion, there was no doubt that this victory should (and would) go to Brock Lesnar. But with Styles facing off against the Beast Incarnate, it changes the complexion of the match. A win for Styles in this David vs. Goliath bout would catapult The Phenomenal One into the stratosphere.
Who will win: Lesnar.
Who are we kidding? It will (hopefully) be a back-and-forth and entertaining match, but I can’t imagine Lesnar will lose here.
Team Raw (Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks and Bayley) vs. Team SmackDown (Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya and Tamina)
Women’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
Who should win: Team Raw.
How does SmackDown defeat both Nia Jax and Asuka without Flair? On paper, Raw’s squad is too big and too powerful compared to their counterparts. Look for the red team to stand triumphant.
Who will win: Team Raw.
Team Raw (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Triple H) vs. Team SmackDown (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena)
Men’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
Who should win: Team Raw.
The team that ends up winning this match give their show bragging rights, but honestly, it doesn’t matter who comes out on top. The fact that this has so many potential dream matchups is key here. Shinsuke Nakamura staring down Triple H. Samoa Joe going toe-to-toe with John Cena. Bobby Roode and Kurt Angle in a WWE ring. This match will lay out much of the groundwork for April’s WrestleMania.
That said, I’m going with Team Raw. Partly because of Braun Strowman. And partly because Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn aren’t on the card — and could be a thorn in SmackDown’s side.
Who will win: Team Raw....Read more