You’ve got to give WWE some credit, they’ve really tried to make Survivor Series a big deal again, which is nice. For years now its been bland, boring and forced. Sure, it still could be all of those things but at least some effort is being made. Whether or not you agree about the importance of ‘brand supremacy’ or if the wrestlers themselves would care enough to put their own personal feuds aside for the past few weeks in preparation considering there are literally ZERO STAKES, is another matter though.
WWE have done made the show 4 hours, a sign of its extra importance. I know, I know. Most wrestling fans are begging for shorter shows and less programming but WWE do what they want. Deal with it. Let’s look at the positive though, maybe having the extra hour will allow all three of the traditional 5 on 5 (10 on 10 for the tag match) room to breathe. Rather than being rushed, awkward, cluster fucks. Instead we could get longer, dragged out, boring cluster fucks (tag match) so there’s that!
With no World or Universal (or even US) Title defences, it really does make the show seem more important when all of your best guys are involved. However both the cruiserweight and intercontinental title matches have had next to no build, so that’s not very helpful.
Finally, can we all stop with this ‘fantasy war fare just got real’ nonsense for Goldberg verses Lesnar. It already happened…and it sucked. Hopefully this one will be an improvement, though it wouldn’t be hard.
Intercontinental Title: The Miz (c) vs. Sami Zayn
Well, this is an odd one. A few weeks ago Dolph Ziggler challenged anyone from Raw to a match for his Intercontinental Title. I’m not sure why either Daniel Bryan or Shane McMahon would allow Ziggler to risk losing the IC Title for Smackdown if I’m honest. Terrible business decision. Anyway, Sami Zayn is the one who steps forward.
Then just this week on Smackdown, The Miz wins the title back meaning it’s now him verses Sami Zayn. With even less build than the previous match and even less logic. Why has Ziggler been taken off of the card? Is he injured? Will he get involved? Would The Miz really lose the title so quickly after winning it? Personally I hate short title reigns.
However, it’s now face verses heel. Which means even more of the crowd will be behind Zayn (if they weren’t already going to be as Survivor series is in Canada) and Ziggler will avoid having the fans turn on him. The Miz meanwhile can be his usual heel self and generate even more heat. These are all great reasons to change the match up.
What it does mean is that with all this switching and swapping, the fact that Ziggler is now in no man’s land and that The Miz literally just won the title. I can’t predict who is going to win very easily.
There is logic in thinking that both the IC and Cruiserweight Titles will swap brands. Yet that leaves Smackdown without a midcard title, so I don’t think that will happen. In the end, it’s got to be a screwy finish involving Maryse and The Miz stealing the victory. Only question is, what will Dolph do? Break up a post match beat down perhaps?
Winner: The Miz
Cruiserweight Title: The Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto
With the cruiserweight division struggling so obviously, you’d think the best thing for them to do would be to really focus on a great rivalry. Pushing storytelling to the forefront and then backing it up by letting them go out and put on the best match possible.
Instead, we get a match with little build between Kendrick, who only just became champion, and Kalisto, a walking botch. Wait, I hear you shout “Kalisto is on Smackdown I thought the cruiserweights were Raw exclusive!”. Well, if Kalisto wins, the entire division moves to Smackdown, which coincides with the launch of a new exclusive cruiserweight show 205 Live.
There are a number of reasons I don’t like this. Firstly, Kalisto is not the answer to the cruiserweight problem. Secondly, having a live show after Smackdown will fall flat when all of the fans leave. Thirdly, you’re giving them their own show when you can’t book them right on regular TV?! Fourthly, that’s ANOTHER HOUR OF PROGRAMMING A WEEK. For Gods sake WWE you can barely write a decent episode of Raw how can possibly think you can cope with more on your plate! What we need these days is quality not quantity.
Honestly, I don’t care who wins. I’ve already lost all faith in WWE to book these guys right. I knew my original fears would be proven correct. It should have been left as a yearly tournament on the WWE Network.
I’m going with The Brian Kendrick as my pick, just to be different really as everyone thinks Kalisto is going to win.
Winner: Brain Kendrick
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
If you’d have asked me a year ago if I wanted to see this match I would have said no. If you asked me today if I was looking forward to this match my answer is…no. We’ve seen it before an it was rubbish, why on earth would I be excited about a rematch so many years later?
Both Lesnar and Goldberg wrestle in a similar style, i.e they beat you up. Lesnar modern style is even harder for Goldberg to work with because his move set has become so limited. Basically F5’s and suplexs. Which, while I still enjoy his style of wrestling because it’s so different from anything else, is starting to get a little tired.
However, it’s still going to be a spectacle and it comes with the massive twist of I don’t know who is going to win. It’s Goldbergs big return, that means he wins? Yet it’s his ‘last match’ so he loses right? Plus he’s beaten Lesnar before, so another win doesn’t make sense, 50/50 booking and all that? That and it wouldn’t make sense for Lesnar to lose to Goldberg, that job should be given to an up and coming full timer. However WWE would do something stupid like waste Lesnar’s potential to pass the torch. After all, they’ve been doing that already for the past year!
Honestly all I want for this match is it not to suck and not to go on as the main event. If anything else happens, whoever wins or loses. I don’t care. Just don’t go on last.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Survivor Series Elimination Matches
I’ve decided to group all three of these matches together into one prediction because overall I think Smackdown are going to win 2-1 on the night. I can also predicted that despite earlier when I said that hopefully the show being 4 hours long would mean the matches would be better, I also don’t think they will be. Especially the Tag Team Match! Talk about too many cooks…
So Smackdown win 2-1, but how will it all go down? Smackdown will win the previously mentioned disastrous Tag Team match, with American Alpha picking up the victory. Seriously how is a 20 man match going to work out?
Then Raw will equalise by winning the Women’s match. With either Sasha Banks being the sole survivor or both her and Charlotte remaining. Personally I like the idea of Sasha keeping Charlotte’s winning streak going for her and Charlotte bragging that she’s unbeaten.
My hopes aren’t that high for this match either. Don’t get me wrong there are some incredible talents in the match. It’s just that I’ve seen far too many multi-women tag team matches over the years to get excited about another one.
Finally Smackdown will win the (hopefully) main event, in which I think Dean Ambrose (assuming the James Ellsworth heel turn doesn’t happen on this show) will win the match. However, expect Roman Reigns to look incredibly strong, AJ Styles and Kevin Owens to not look strong enough, Jericho to be the most over person on any team and Strowman to have a cop out elimination to keep him undefeated.
Winner: Smackdown 2-1 (Tag Team and Men’s matches)