It’s that time of the year again and finally thanks to the recent brand extension draft, this year’s Survivor Series is once again all about Brand Dominance and the bragging rights of being able to claim that you are the best brand in WWE. Every match on the card has stipulations riding on it, with both the Intercontinental Championship and The Cruiserweight Championship’s on the line, but both titles could switch rosters if they change hands on Sunday night.
Fantasy Warfare also becomes real as a match twelve years in the making is finally going to happen as Golberg, a man who hasn’t stepped into a wrestling ring in more than a decade, has returned to face The Beast Incarnate and the man he managed to defeat back in 2004. Once thing is for certain, WWE will not be the same place after this weekend’s epic event.
This month’s panel consists of Phillipa Hopwood, Andrew Parker, Jake Waring, Andy Arthurs, Steven Dimelow, Daniel Standring, Vickie Hopwood and Chris Rossington.
Team Raw – The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and The Shining Stars vs. Team SmackDown – Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos, and Breezango
Phillipa, Steven, Andy, Chris, Jake – Team SmackDown
Andrew, Vickie, Daniel- Team Raw
Phillipa, Andy, Chris, Steven, Jake – American Alpha
Andrew – Gallows and Anderson, The New Day
Dan and Vickie – The New Day
Thoughts by Andy – Okay… this should be a no-brainer, considering the absolute farce of the way Tag Teams have been booked on RAW. Not one of Team RAW is a serious team. The entire team, even the internet favourites, The Club, have been reduced to pumpkin wearing comedy acts. On paper, though? Smackdown do have the advantage. The unlikely force of Heath Slater and Rhyno, a newly reinvented Usos, top prospects in American Alpha, some fun with BreezeAngo… oh, and Mojo and Zack. Smackdown really should take this, New Day might have a 450+ Day Championship reign, but the entire team have been relegated into Vince McMahon’s court of jesters.
The Miz Vs. Sami Zayn – Intercontinental Championship (If Sami Zayn wins the IC title goes to Raw)
Andy, Steven, Andrew – The Miz
Thoughts by Daniel – Once again The Miz is Champion heading in to a pay-per-view and of course, we needed a heel champion as the casual wrestling fan does not like a face versus face Championship match. If Ziggler had managed to defeat Miz on Tuesday night then we would have got Sami versus Ziggler instead. In my opinion, this was a clever move by WWE, people hate The Miz and this new attitude he has will get much more over with the fans. His challenger is Raw’s Sami Zayn, now he is ‘the underdog from the underground’ so don’t ever count Sami out. Zayn is used to being the underdog and will definitely fight with everything he has to win this first mid-card Championship on Sunday night.
Phillipa, Andrew, Andy, Steven, Chris, Vickie – Team Raw
Dan, Jake – Team SmackDown
Chris, Steven, Vickie – Nia Jax
Phillipa – Sasha and Nia Jax
Andrew – Sasha Banks
Andy – Bayley, Sasha, Charlotte
Dan, Jake – Bayley
Thoughts by Jake – I mean, these elimination matches are a bit silly really. There are too many wrestlers, to begin with, but when this women’s match gets down to the crunch I am rather looking forward to it. I wish they had put the women’s division on one brand, as it would be great to see the likes of Becky, Nikki and Alexa now thrown into the mix so we don’t get stuck in a Sasha versus Charlotte loop (though I absolutely love watching these two wrestle). Prediction? Ultimately the Women’s title, the best wrestler and three of the four horsewomen went to Raw. Raw to win. (spot-spotters: look out for a Charlotte moon sault out of the ring onto a pile of nine women).
Brian Kendrick Vs. Kalisto – Cruiserweight Championship (If Kalisto wins the Cruiserweight Division moves to SD)
Phillipa, Andy, Andrew, Steven, Jake, Dan, Vickie – Kalisto
Chris – Brian Kendrick
Thoughts by Phillipa – This match for me will be both incredible and an odd form of torture, I am a huge fan of both Brian Kendrick and Kalisto. Kendrick was my favourite wrestler when he won the Tag Team Championships with Paul London back in 2006 and I have continued to follow him ever since whilst Kalisto reminds me so much of Rey Mysterio that I find it hard to not feel a sense of anticipation and pride before all of his matches. I feel that regardless of the outcome this will be an incredible match, but I think SmackDown can book The Cruiserweight Division so much better than Raw can and the fact that the new 205 show will now be on a Tuesday night says it all for me. Brian has been phenomenal since his return to WWE a few months ago and I hope he continues to rise on SmackDown.
Phillipa, Steven, Dan – Team Raw
Chris, Andy, Andrew, Vickie, Jake – Team SmackDown
Chris, Jake – AJ Styles
Andy – AJ and Randy Orton
Steven – Kevin Owens
Phillipa – Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
Andrew – Dean Ambrose
Dan – Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho
Thoughts by Andrew – For all of the shortcomings in the WWE, they have got one thing completely and utterly right – the brand split has injected new life into this company. This is showcased brilliantly in the main Survivor Series match this weekend. In recent years, the Survivor Series match has almost felt like an after-thought (in most cases – the Authority story line being the exception), simply put on the card to appease the fans. This year, due to the brand split and some good build-up, it very much feels like the main part of the show, which is no mean feat considering Goldberg and Brock Lesnar are also on the card. As for the victor, that is really anyone’s guess. In purely kayfabe terms, you’d believe that Raw had the far stronger team, but Smackdown’s whole gimmick seems to be revolving around the underdog rising up, meaning that this really could go either way. At a push, though, I’m going to have to with Smackdown. I’m swinging that way since I can see RAW taking the other two Survivor Series matches, as well has having a strong show on the card with the Brock/Goldberg match. That’s not even going into the involvement of The Undertaker!
Phillipa, Steven, Chris, Andy, Andrew, Jake, Dan, Vickie – Brock Lesnar
Thoughts by Steven – Brock Lesnar and Goldberg’s second match has been 12 years in the making, fans all around the world have been anticipating this match for more than a decade. Even though their first encounter was disappointing, I’ve got a feeling that this one is going to be different and looks set to be a high impact showdown that will hopefully leave the fans wanting more. It is rumoured that Goldberg is only back for the one match so his son can see him wrestle for the very first time, and also to promote the latest WWE game which is entitled WWE 2k17. But on the other side of the ring is Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman’s destructive Beast, the man who hasn’t been pinned for more than three years and has taken so many WWE stars to Suplex City over the past few months that the WWE Universe has lost count. The fact that Goldberg hasn’t stepped in a wrestling ring for more than a decade goes against him somewhat here, especially given Brock’s UFC background. Goldberg is fighting for pride here whilst Brock just wants to fight. It is hard to see past Brock, there’s a reason he is The Beast Incarnate. Enjoy Suplex City Goldberg.
WWE Survivor Series is live on Sky Box Office and The WWE Network on Sunday, November 20th from 1am with the kick-off show scheduled to begin at 12am.