RAW VS SMACKDOWN COLLIDE.
Triple Z breaks down the landscape for WWE Survivor Series.
Before I even begin to make predictions. Let me just state that I am impressed with WWE's booking for Survivor Series. Yes, that may be a ZWrestleTalk first! While at first I didn't think some of the changes were necessary I appreciated them. Sure, I wanted to see Jinder Mahal fight Brock Lesnar, but having AJ Styles take on The Beast will be way better. There is a good chance at "Match of the Year" between those two. Both classic Survivor Series teams were stacked. Which is unusual for the WWE event. Survivor Series has always been the four out of the big four. Most years Survivor Series turns out to be nothing. This year WWE sets out to prove the new legitimacy of the event.
Enzo Amore VS Kalisto
Can Enzo keep his magic on the mic alive? Will that still be enough in this bizarre 205 Live division? Will the division ever get better?
Kalisto and Enzo Amore continues WWE's uninspired effort with the Cruiserweights. I'm assuming WWE will keep the title on Enzo. Truly this division is unpredictable. The title essentially is a hot potato.
Winner: Enzo Amore
The Miz VS Baron Corbin
Another toss up... The Miz and Baron Corbin are continuing their dominant title reigns. I'm expecting a heavy RAW night. So for that reason only I'm going with Baron Corbin.
Winner: Baron Corbin
WOMEN'S 5 ON 5
It really depends on who SmackDown fifth member becomes. I don't expect any jaw-dropping surprises with this one. Asuka will destroy out there. Unless a fluke happens where she gets disqualified or counted out. I don't see RAW losing this one.
Winners: TEAM RAW
Alexa Bliss VS Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair has the edge going into this match. She is WWE's Women Division chosen one. Making history at WrestleMania and Hell in a Cell. WWE also has plans for her to fight Asuka in a big match. So who do you think is going to win this match? The chosen one or Alexa Bliss, who in her own right has made history herself. Becoming the first Women to hold the RAW and SmackDown Women's championships. Still I don't think she will be a match for Flair. WWE loves Charlotte Flair, and there is no way she will be losing this match.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
THE SHIELD VS THE NEW DAY
When The Shield finally reunited. Fans were eager at the possible dream matches that were about to occur. Now we have our first of (hopefully) many dream matches with The Shield.
The New Day are the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history. The Shield consists of three former WWE champions. This match has all the potential to be a "Match of the Year" candidate. Also it has been fun to see The New Day channel back to their heel roots. That could be a development throughout the match. The New Day are not afraid to cheat. Could we see a Dusty finish against The Shield?
The New Day have been beaten by worse opponents than The Shield. Leading me to believe that The Shield will reign supreme at Survivor Series. I can't see the newly reunited group taking a loss. Especially with how Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns rank compared to Big E, Kofi, and Woods.
This match should be tons of fun. I definitely see a possible "Match of the Year" right here.
Winners: The Shield
THE USO's VS THE BAR
Solid contest between the two teams. I see The Uso's getting past The Bar. Hopefully, Cesaro gets some singles opportunities soon. I expect this to be a shorter match.
Winners: The Uso's
TEAM RAW VS TEAM SMACKDOWN
WWE didn't take the easy route with Survivor Series. They could've easily thrown together a five on five match with no effort. This looks spectacular from a match and entertainment standpoint. Let's break it down.
That's a pretty epic Survivor Series squad. I mean you got two veterans in Angle and HHH. Then you have Balor, Joe, and Strowman as younger but break out talent.
To break this match down even more. There is five former WWE champions in this match. There is four former NXT champions in this match. This will be the first time Angle and Roode meet in the ring since the glory days of TNA. Nakamura will finally get a shot at Finn Balor. Triple H will be fighting his brother-in-law. The match is essentially a dream Survivor Series team match.
So who wins this colossal match up with the stakes ever so high? I can't see Triple H and Kurt Angle jobbing. Those two are my sole survivors. This is just my prediction. WWE may go in the whole Shane McMahon wins direction but that's unlikely considering he hasn't won much since his return. I expect Team RAW to pull it off. The only thing that could possibly stop them is a returning Daniel Bryan but that in itself is unlikely. We can dream though right?
Winners: Team RAW
AJ STYLES VS BROCK LESNAR
Match of the year?
This is a contender for sure. Only basing it off of AJ's prior matches in the WWE. All have been phenomenal. Styles VS McMahon at WrestleMania was terrific, and Shane doesn't even wrestle full time. Let's hope Brock keeps up his end of the bargain. Go at least 20 minutes Brock. Styles beating Lesnar is a long shot. Although if WWE did want anyone to beat Lesnar this would be the time to do it. No championship is on the line and it's at a neutral event (RAW VS SMACKDOWN). So Lesnar losing this special events match wouldn't hurt him necessarily. Although I do expect WWE to protect The Beast at all cost. This meaning AJ Styles will go out there and do his best to conquer Brock Lesnar but will just come up short. I expect this match to go similar to Lesnar's matches with Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman. Where the opponent-in this case AJ Styles-dominates early in the match until Lesnar stuns him last second winning the match.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
I appreciate the effort WWE has put into Survivor Series this year. The event is now a must-watch. Exciting matches and potential storyline set ups for WrestleMania will begin at Survivor Series. I expect RAW to dominate in the bigger matches. SmackDown will win in the mid-card, tag team, and Women's championship matches. Showing that SmackDown is the brand that makes the stars, and that RAW is the brand that steals them away.
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