Nov. 18, 2016
2016 WWE Survivor Series Preview & Prediction
The 30th annual WWE Survivor Series takes place this Sunday night, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The 2016 Survivor Series will feature three traditional Survivor Series rules match with Raw vs. SmackDown Live, two championship matches, and the big main event with Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg.
Cruiserweight Championship: Brian Kendrick (C) vs. Kalisto: This is a tough match to predict. WWE recently introduce a new series called 205 Live, which will debut on the WWE Network on November 29th after SmackDown Live. Due to the show, it makes sense for the cruiserweights to move to SmackDown. Sure, they can stay on Raw, and the Cruiserweights can still be showcased on 205 Live. But the safe bet is that Kalisto wins, even though this could be a risky move. Kalisto winning means that SmackDown gets exclusive rights to the cruiserweight division. SmackDown would add more talent to their brand whereas Raw gets hurt in the short and long term.
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Sami Zayn: I enjoyed the feud that The Miz had with Dolph Ziggler with the IC Title up for grabs, I was shocked that The Miz won the title because I wanted to see Ziggler vs. Zayn. My theory is that the WWE did this so that Zayn faces a true heel like The Miz instead of having a face vs. face match. I have this feeling that Zayn wins the title here. WWE knows that Zayn is going to get a massive pop in Canada, so I believe they will give him his big moment. It also means that the IC Title moves to Raw since I have them losing the Cruiserweight Title on the same right. I'm not a fan of that move because SmackDown should at least have a secondary title. But I wouldn't be shocked if Zayn moves to SmackDown via a free agent move or trade. Zayn has been lost in the shuffle on Raw, but he would be considered as a big deal on SmackDown.
Survivor Series 5-on-5 Women's Traditional Survivor Series Rules Match: Team Raw (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, & Alicia Fox) vs. Team SmackDown (Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Carmela, & Naomi): There's a lot of star power on Raw, but they're my favorites to win this match. It could be debated that SmackDown needs to win this match. I believe there is drama on both sides. Charlotte may do something to provoke Sasha Banks while Carmella has had her issues with Nikki Bekka. If you put those storylines in play, there could be a scenario where a teammate costs their team the match. Right now, I'm going with Raw to win this match. Bayley is going to target Charlotte's Women's Title. For her to be the next contender, she needs to get some momentum. Nia Jax has been this monster on Raw. Look for her to get a couple of eliminations. Lastly, I have Banks as one of the survivors.
Survivor Series 10-on-10 Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match: Team Raw (A New Day, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, Cesaro & Sheamus & The Shining Stars) vs. Team SmackDown (Health Slater & Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos & Breezango): The rules of this match is that if a team member is eliminated, then that partner is eliminated. It's a tough match for WWE to book because they want all of these guys to get in this match at some point. That means where getting quick tags and then the elimination process begins. My gut feeling for this match is that SmackDown's tag team division needs some momentum. One team, for example, is American Alpha. I feel like American Alpha has been lost in the shuffle as of late and they deserve better. They are a team that is on the rise and are likely going to hold Tag Team Titles someday. For them to be treated as a big deal, a victory here helps them. If the Raw side comes out victorious, A team like Gallows & Anderson & Enzo & Cass could do better in this match. The New Day seems to lose in these type of matches because the titles aren't on the line. I'm taking a change here and picking American Alpha to be the sole survivors.
Survivor Series 5-on-5 Men's Traditional Survivor Series Rules Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, & Braun Strowman) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton & Shane McMahon: This is a tough match to predict because there are different scenarios on the table. A lot of wrestlers could use the victory here and help them get a push in the WWE. History tells us that champions tend to do poorly at Survivor Series because WWE puts over other talents. That bad news for Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. Both guys should hold on to their respective titles until WrestleMania. I could be wrong, but it's just a theory at this point. Watch out for Bray Wyatt in this match. His former Wyatt Family member in Braun Strowman is representing Raw, so it will be interesting to see a confrontation. Then we have Randy Orton, who appears to be representing the Wyatt Family, but I believe this is a trap. It won't surprise me if he turns on Bray this Sunday. There could be some chemistry issues between Owens and Jericho. The so-called "best friends" are likely going to be in a feud at the Royal Rumble. If they make an error in this match, the plants are going to seed in this potential feud. But in the end, I'm going with Raw winning the match with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns as the sole survivors. My guess is that one of those wrestlers pins Styles, then Styles turns on Ambrose, who is going to challenge for the WWE Title at TLC. During SmackDown this week, The Undertaker made his return and warned Team SmackDown that if somebody costs them the match, The Deadman is going after them. I believe that is going to lead to Styles vs. The Deadman at Royal Rumble, so that is my theory.
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg: The matchup that everyone has waited 12 years. The last time these two met was at WrestleMania XX, where both wrestlers got booed out of Madison Square Garden. At that time, Goldberg was leaving WWE, and Brock Lesnar was going to pursue a career in the NFL. Now the last time Lesnar lost clean was WrestleMania 29 against Triple H. Is Goldberg the guy to end that streak? I doubt it. I have Lesnar winning thanks to an F5. After the match is over, in which I hope it's better than that trash they had at WrestleMania XX, Goldberg will get that standing ovation from the crowd and leave a WWE ring one last time. People will complain that Goldberg got defeated by Lesnar, but that's how professional wrestling works. Goldberg's job is to put over a wrestler that is going to be there long term rather than wrestling for one match. It makes sense.