WWE Survivor Series: Matches to Keep an Eye on This Sunday

By: Giancarlo Aulino

Friday, November 16, 2018

One of WWE’s biggest pay-per-view events of the year takes place this Sunday from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Survivor Series is the one event of the year in which the champions from Raw and Smackdown go head-to-head to find out which brand is the superior brand. Much like last year’s event, this card features many first time ever matchups, which is refreshing especially for today’s product.

Survivor Series

Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Tag-Team Match: Team Smackdown (The Miz, Samoa Joe, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, and Jeff Hardy) vs Team Raw (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, and Bobby Lashley)

It wouldn’t be Survivor Series without the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series tag-team match. This match should be an eventful one considering that both teams feature wrestlers who are currently involved in a feud with one another.

On Raw, Finn Balor has been involved in a feud with Drew McIntyre, who he wanted to wrestle on this past week’s episode but was denied the chance because McIntyre wanted him to prove he’s worthy of being in the ring with him. This led to Balor taking on Dolph Ziggler, who he then defeated and was rewarded with a spot on Raw’s Survivor Series team by commissioner Stephanie McMahon.

Drew McIntyre has received a big push since making his return and has really made a name for himself on Raw through his partnership with Dolph Ziggler. The duo have continued to have great matches with their opponents and in the case of McIntye, it looks as though WWE will put him in the mix for the Universal championship.

On Smackdown, it’s interesting to make note that Shane McMahon replaced team captain The Miz in the finals of the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel, where he defeated Dolph Zigger to win the trophy and the title of ‘Best in the World’. I think fans will see Shane McMahon cost his team the match and officially turn The Miz face in the process. Since Daniel Bryan turned heel, WWE may want to use a similar approach with The Miz, who has been one of the company's most consistent and reliable stars in the past couple years.

Prediction: Team Raw wins

Survivor Series

WWE Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins vs WWE United-States champion Shinsuke Nakamura

The first champion vs champion match that’ll likely be kicking off the show will see ‘The Architect’ Seth Rollins going one-on-one with ‘The King of Strong Style’ Shinsuke Nakamura.

Its been an eventful year for Nakamura; he won the Royal Rumble match in January, wrestled AJ Styles for the WWE championship at WrestleMania, and became the United-Stated champion by defeating Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules. Seth Rollins on the other hand, has been in a long rivalry with Dolph Zigger and Drew McIntyre as a member of The Shield, that ended with him regaining the Intercontinental championship at Summerslam.

Both men have been fan-favorites since making their debuts and are among some of the best in ring competitors in WWE right now. It should be an entertaining match when these two wrestle for the first time ever but in terms of long-term planning, I feel Shinsuke Nakamura needs the victory more because he hasn’t gone over in the majority of feuds this year and he hasn’t been featured consistently on Smackdown since winning the US title.

With Seth Rollins currently involved in a feud with former Shield member Dean Ambrose, I think fans can expect Dean getting involved in some capacity maybe even costing Rollins the match. 

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura wins

WWE champion Daniel Bryan vs WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar

Similar to last year’s Survivor Series, WWE made changes to the WWE Champion vs WWE Universal champion match on the Smackdown before the event. On this week’s episode of Smackdown, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ styles to become the new champion and turn heel in the process. This unexpected victory now provides fans with the Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan match they’d likely thought wouldn’t be possible.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of match these two are going to have on Sunday. Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman, a much bigger opponent than Daniel Bryan, in dominant fashion for the vacant Universal title at Crown Jewel. WWE will likely want Bryan to look as strong as possible considering he just won the championship and he turned heel.

Although the company will want Bryan to look strong, I don’t see Brock Lesnar losing this match. I think the match will be somewhere along the lines of what we saw last year when Lesnar wrestled AJ Styles; Lesnar dominating the majority of the match, but a few back-and-forth moments that make it look as though there’ll be an upset.

Prediction: Brock Lesnar wins

Survivor Series

WWE Raw Women’s champion Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair

Raw Women’s champion Ronda Rousey was originally scheduled to wrestle Smackdown Women’s champion Becky Lynch in the main event however, Becky sustained injuries after being hit by Nia Jax during the final segment of Raw.

As a result, Becky was not medically cleared to compete, forcing WWE to come up with a backup plan that would still provide WWE with a big enough match to close the show. During one of the segments of Smackdown, Becky cut a promo with all of Smackdown’s female competitors in the ring and picked her rival Charlotte Flair to replace her and represent the blue brand against Ronda Rousey.

It’ll be interesting to see if the long-rumored MMA Four Horsewomen and WWE Horsewomen feud kicks off during this match especially since NXT Takeover featuring MMA Four Horsewomen member Shayna Baszler takes place on Saturday night and WWE Four Horsewomen Sasha Banks and Bayley aren’t scheduled to compete at Survivor Series.

If those women end up getting involved in this match, that would definitely be a big moment to close the show and something that would be talked about on social media.

Prediction: Double DQ, no winner 

 

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