My Two Centsss - Survivor Series Predictions: Which Match Goes On Last?
By Super Chrisss
Nov 17, 2016 - 12:09:53 PM
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Hey guys! Who else is super hyped for Survivor Series weekend? Last summer, when WWE rank TakeOver:Brooklyn the night before SummerSlam, I did a double-whammy and posted my complete thoughts on BOTH shows. Unfortunately, I’m strapped for time this week, with final term papers starting to come in, work and other school-related things taking up my time (this has nothing to do with my newfound OverWatch addiction, I swear!). So very quickly, here are my TakeOver:Toronto predictions:
Bobby Roode over Tye Dillinger
The Authors of Pain over TM61
Asuka over Mickie James
DIY over The Revival
Shinsuke Nakamura over Samoa Joe
Will TakeOver:Toronto continue the tradition of being the more critically-acclaimed WWE Pay-Per-View of the weekend? Only time will tell, but to WWE’s credit, they have built one hell of a card for this year’s Survivor Series. Here’s how I envision everything going down…
Cruiserweight Championship: The Brian Kendrick (c.) vs. Kalisto
This one – much like many other of Sunday’s matches – is a bit of a toughie to predict. It’s clear as day that the Cruiserweights have been terribly booked since coming to Raw. Partly because some of my favourites from the Cruiserweight Classic didn’t accept contracts (Jack Gallagher, Akira Tozawa, Kota Ibushi, etc.), and partly because WWE had no plan in place for the dozen or so cruiserweights who did join the division (despite being given over three weeks’ notice of their arrival). Many people have put the blame on current champion Brian Kendrick, as they argued that TJ Perkins should have feuded with a younger guy like Cedric Alexander or Rich Swann instead. Personally, I think the division would have bombed regardless of who was in the title picture, as it’s the same idiots making the decisions on Raw, anyway.
All that being said, you’re probably thinking the obvious, logical move is to have Kalisto beat Kendrick and bring the CW division to Raw, right? Sadly, WWE will almost always make decisions which defy logic. While moving the cruiserweights to SmackDown makes sense on paper with WWE filming a new CW-only show after SmackDown every week starting this month, I don’t see Raw giving up the CWs just yet. Three hours of Raw is hard enough for the writers to fill with the division in tow. Can you imagine how painful it would be without Kendrick & co. around? To dismay to everyone, Kendrick wins on Sunday, and the cruiserweights stay on Monday’s worse show on cable TV.
Winner, and STILL Cruiserweight Champion: The Brian Kendrick
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c.) vs. Sami Zayn
The only thing more surprising to me than The Miz’s title victory on SmackDown last Tuesday is that Ziggler now has nothing to do at Survivor Series. I’m surprised the now former Intercontinental Champion wasn’t booked as a member of Team SmackDown in the five-on-five elimination match. After all, it wasn’t that long ago when Ziggler was delivering show-stealing performances in Survivor Series elimination matches, as well as pulling double-duty on select Pay-Per-Views.
Anyways, assuming that Ziggler doesn’t get added to this sometime between now and Sunday night, making this a triple threat, I think we’re going to get a bit of a surprise here. You see, if both Miz and Kendrick retain on Sunday, that means no title will switch hands or brands. This is because Sami Zayn has gone on record to say he wants to win the Intercontinental title in Toronto and bring it to Monday Night Raw. However, what if Zayn does in fact defeat Miz to become IC Champ, only for Daniel Bryan to reveal that he previously made a trade with Mick Foley, sending Miz to Raw in return for Sami? As much as I would miss seeing Miz, Maryse and maybe even The Spirit Squad on SmackDown, Zayn is being utterly wasted on Raw. Zayn vs. Styles? Zayn vs. Wyatt? Zayn vs. Orton? Yes, please!
Winner, and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Sami Zayn
10-on-10 Tag Team Elimination Match: Team Raw (The New Day, The Club, The Shining Stars, Enzo & Cass, Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. Team SmackDown (Beauty & The Man Beast, The Hype Bros, Breezango, American Alpha, The Usos)
With SmackDown emerging victorious the first time it was brand vs. brand (with newly-drafted-to-SmackDown Dean Ambrose retaining the world title against his former Shield members and Raw’s Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins), you have to wonder if WWE will once again put the blue brand over at Survivor Series. In my opinion, the two title matches won’t hold accountability in terms of which brand is ‘superior’; rather, whichever brand wins most of the elimination matches will be the brand that wins. I can’t see either Raw or SmackDown getting a clean sweep (although I’d be ecstatic if Raw went 0-3 by the end of the night), so let’s see what the tag team division(s) have to offer.
On paper, this match seems to heavily favour the red brand. After all, the captains are the face of the tag team division for over a year, and they also feature former singles champions in their ranks (Big E, Kofi, Cesaro, Sheamus). Meanwhile, over on SmackDown, they have two comedic tag teams (one of which happens to be the brand’s tag team champions), and a bunch of teams with little to no success on the main roster as a tag team. With the exception of The Usos, all of SmackDown’s tag teams have a very short resume when it comes to tag team wrestling in front of a non-NXT audience.
All that being said, I think Team SmackDown gets the win here. In my opinion, the blue teams have way more potential and are future stars than Raw’s teams. Pretty much the entire Raw tag team division is stale and uninteresting; The Club is too damaged to use a rub, and Enzo & Cass are too over for one. I’d rather see American Alpha, Breezango and The Hype Bros get a better showing instead. Plus, SmackDown doesn’t have The Sounds of Silence on their side to make me not care. So for this one, I’m going Team Blue.
Winners: Team SmackDown
Survivors: American Alpha, Rhyno & Heath Slater
5-on-5 Women’s Elimination Match: Team Raw (Charlotte, Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Bayley) vs. Team SmackDown (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi)
As much as I’ve become a fan of The SmackDown Six v2.0, the star power in the women’s division clearly goes to Raw. Imagine if Paige wasn’t going through her relationship drama crap and was on Team Raw instead of Alicia? Wow. I unfortunately see this match as being a playground for Nia Jax. I think The Rock’s cousin will eliminate at least three of the SmackDown women herself, if not more. I love Alexa and Becky and can tolerate the rest, but I don’t see them getting past this near all-star ensemble from Raw. Obviously, with Alicia on the team it won’t be a clean sweep, but I’d be very surprised if Team Raw wins with fewer than three women remaining.
Winners: Team Raw
Survivors: Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
In case you haven’t heard, Goldberg reportedly strained his shoulder during his segment on Raw and won’t be 100% going into Survivor Series. I’m sorry, but that’s hilarious. I was against this match taking place since the very beginning (since I still haven’t gotten over the stench of their WM20 trainwreck), and this just confirms it was a bad idea. You can’t ask Bill Goldberg, who hasn’t wrestled a match in over ten years, to just show up at Survivor Series and wrestle an athlete like Brock Lesnar just to pop a few buys and help sell tickets. Goldberg will not have a very pleasant Sunday night. The crowd will be very much against him (Canadians still remember the whole Bret Hart incident, plus we mark for Brock), Brock’s going to beat him up, Goldberg will lose, and he may very well suffer a legitimate injury. Not because Brock is reckless, but because Goldberg is too old. His body doesn’t have the stamina of a Chris Jericho or an Undertaker. This Sunday, it…it’s going to be ugly, people. Let’s just hope WWE has learned from SummerSlam and doesn’t put them on last.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
5-on-5 Elimination Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman) vs. Team SmackDown (Aj Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Shane McMahon)
I’ve seen a lot of people on social media upset over the fact that Shane McMahon is ‘taking a spot’ on Team SmackDown. As I mentioned earlier, I would have much preferred for someone like Dolph Ziggler to make the team instead, but I’m A-OK with Shane O’Mac stepping up to the plate. After all, this is the same guy who almost defeated The Undertaker not that long ago in a Hell in a Cell match. Therefore, he’s one tough S.O.B. to have on your side.
This is an extremely tough match to predict, as not only will it be the deciding factor for which brand ‘reigns supreme’, but there are so many things that can happen. For instance, over on the Raw side, what if Rollins and Reigns aren’t able to cooperate with Y2-KO? On the flip side, what if Braun gets the Nia Jax HOSS treatment, and gets to eliminate half of Team SmackDown? I’ve also seen people bring up the topic of Braun being in the same ring as the ‘new’ Wyatt Family, Bray and Orton. What if Bray is able to convince Braun do betray his team and defend his saviour? Or what if Sunday is the night that Orton decides he’s through being Bray’s minion and leaves Wyatt to fend for himself against Team Raw? Plus, what about the mascot for Team SmackDown, James Ellsworth? Will he actually serve useful and cause a member of Team Raw to be eliminated? Or will he screw up and cost his own team? So many possibilities out there, which makes Sunday’s main-event (and it should be the final match of the evening) so intriguing.
Since it’s my job to make a prediction, I’m going with…Team SmackDown. It’s hard to count out any Survivor Series team that includes Randy Orton. It’s the guy’s signature match. Besides, it’s only fitting that the better brand gets the hard-earned victory. Will this match be used to set up a Shane McMahon/Brock Lesnar match as heavily rumoured? I guess we’ll see…
Winners: Team SmackDown
Survivors: Randy Orton, Shane McMahon
YOUR Two Centsss: Which match do you see going on last at survivor Series?
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