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WWE Survivor Series: Predictions and Preview


November 17, 2016

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After NXT Takeover happens on Saturday night, WWE will have the 29th Survivor Series take place in Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It WWE’s first time back in Canada for a pay-per-view since Breaking Point in 2009. Since WWE started doing pay-per-views in the 1980’s, there has been quite a few that were held in Canada. Some of which included Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Survivor Series, No Way Out, and several of the In Your House PPVs that WWE ran in the 1980s and 1990s.

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It is the second time that Survivor Series is being held in Canada as the last time they were up north was in 1997 for Survivor Series that saw the infamous Montreal Screw job. But the 29th Survivor Series is expecting to be a stacked card that is being billed as Fantasy warfare just got real as Brock Lesnar is set to face Goldberg after he has been away from the professional wrestling industry for the last twelve years.

Here are the matches and this is how I see the whole night playing out:

The Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto
(If Kalisto wins, Smackdown Live gets the entire Cruiserweight division)

Over this past summer, WWE had a Cruiserweight classic tournament that saw some of the best international talents from Zack Sabre Jr to Kota Ibushi to TJ Perkins battle out in a single elimination tournament, and the winner would end up becoming the new Cruiserweight champion. The two announcers for the tournament were Daniel Bryan and Mauro Ranallo, both affiliated with Smackdown. It seemed very likely that Smackdown was getting the cruiserweights.

However, that wasn’t the case. For unknown reasons, WWE decided to bring them to RAW, and since they were brought on to Raw back in September, they have not gotten over with the WWE universe as well as the hope was for them too.

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Two reasons why I feel that Kendrick is losing this match on Sunday is that WWE recently announced that they would be having a cruiserweight show called 205 Live that will be airing live on Tuesday nights and by moving them to Smackdown, you can’t run the risk of them getting swallowed up.
Winner: Kalisto

Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Live in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match
(Team Raw- The New Day, Luke Gallows& Karl Anderson, seriesSheamus &Cesaro, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, and the Shining Stars.)
( Team Smackdown Live- Health Slater & Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos, and Breezango)

In the first of three traditional Survivor Series matches to see which brand is better will see the best of the tag team division from both brands. The rules of this match are similar to every other SurSeriesmatch as if one of the people get eliminated, then both members of the team need to go to the locker room. One thing that I am interested in seeing is if these teams don’t have major in-fighting as many of these teams are currently in feuds.

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I see Team Smackdown grabbing the win here as they seem to be more on the same page than Team Raw. What I am curious to see is with these 20 men in the ring is what if any seeds are planted for Wrestlemania 33. It seems that mania is still a long time away, but its still a few months away.
Winner: Team Smackdown Live

The Miz (w/ Maryse) vs. Sami Zayn for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Originally, this was supposed to be Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn. But on the last episode of Smackdown, the Miz beat Dolph Ziggler with an assist from his wife, Maryse. However, I see Sami Zayn winning the IC belt on Sunday night and then being brought to Smackdown in a trade.

WWE has been booking Sami to be the underdog for a while now, and I figure it his time to shine. Also, Sami Zayn is from Canada, and it would be a better touch if he does that in his home country.

Winner: Sami Zayn is your new Intercontinental Championship

Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Live in a 5-on-5 Traditional Women’s Elimination Match
(Team Raw is Nia Jax, Alica Fox, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Charlotte)
(Team Smackdown Live is Carmella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Nikki Bella)

Before I even get into this match, I don’t understand why Natalya is not included in this match, if not for anything it’s in her home country. In regards to this match, I could see WWE focusing heavily on Nia Jax. While the Smackdown team seems to be on the same page, I don’t see them grabbing the win.

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The biggest one being that you have many people on the Smackdown team that don’t like each other. Carmella and Nikki are in a feud, and Lynch and Bliss are in a feud. You will have a tough time to win a match when 80% of your team doesn’t like each other.

Winner: Team Raw

Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Live in a 5-on-5 Traditional Men’s Elimination Match
(Team Raw is Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman)
(Team Smackdown Live is AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, and Bray Wyatt)

Before I go into this match, it was announced a few weeks ago that James Ellsworth would be the mascot for Team Smackdown Live. I would also like to point out that Shane McMahon was added to the team after Baron Corbin suffered some injury and was pull from the match, per orders of the WWE medical staff. Like I mentioned how WWE would focus a lot on Nia Jax, I could easily see that being the same case with Braun Strowman. My guess is WWE will use these two matches to push Nia and Braun up the rankings

In regards to this match, I am thinking that Team Raw will win after what was mentioned on the latest episode of Smackdown. Between that and from reports of what Undertaker’s first feud will be heading into Royal Rumble, I suspect to see somehow AJ Styles be the one to cost his team the victory.

I said this with the other Survivor Series matches, but I am curious to see these teams in action. I am also interested to see if egos will not cause more harm than good.

Winner: Team Raw

Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Goldberg

This is the rematch from their bout that occurred at Wrestlemania 20 back in 2004. You have a wrestler in Goldberg who has not been in a professional wrestling ring since that match which was twelve years ago. This match puts WWE in a bad spot with who they have come out victorious. If you have Lesnar win, then it was a waste to bring back Goldberg, just to lose.

On the flip side, if Goldberg wins then you make Lesnar look bad as he jobs to someone over 50 years old. Either way, you look at it, WWE is not in a good spot. As far as in-ring action, I think it will be bad for two reasons. Goldberg is over 50 years old and may not be able to put on a long match. On the flip side, Brock Lesnar has a few moves and is a different type of wrestler than Goldberg.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Overall, I am expecting Survivor Series to be interesting, and since you have very few matches, I am either expecting WWE to add to the pre-show or make these long. Also with that being said, WWE doesn’t want to make these matches that long because you may lose the audience’s interest.

Do you agree with my predictions, if not let us know in the comments below who you think will be winning on Sunday night. WWE’s Survivor Series is this Sunday night live on the WWE Network.

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