The 30th anniversary of Survivor Series comes our way this Sunday live from the Toyota Center in
Houston, Texas. The card is stacked with matches pitting champions against champions for brand
supremacy, along with two mouth-watering and star-studded five-on-five traditional elimination matches.
This year’s Survivor Series could very well be the greatest of all time. Here are my predictions for the annual event.
WWE Survivor Series 2017 Preview
Universal Champion vs. WWE Champion Match
Brock Lesnar def. AJ Styles.
It will be closer than most expect, but for sure Brock Lesnar is coming out on top. I’m just happy we
get to see this dream match as opposed to Lesnar squashing Jinder Mahal.
Whatever happens in this match, Styles will forever be a hero in my eyes for finally dethroning Mahal of the WWE Championship and making SmackDown a show I can actually watch again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Mahal has some talents, he just hasn’t shown any yet.
Both Paul Heyman and Daniel Bryan did stellar jobs in promoting this match with fiery promos, now it’s up to the two superstars to live up to the hype. Lesnar looks motivated this time which is always a good sign.
No way is this another short trip to Suplex City. Styles will find a way to ground Brock and wear him down, and get a few near-falls along the way before eventually succumbing to the F-5. But I won’t mind that as long as we have a classic to remember.
Traditional Five-on-Five Elimination Survivor Series Match
Team Raw def. Team SmackDown Live.
This is definitely the most unpredictable match of the entire card. The sheer star quality in the match makes it possible for absolutely anything to transpire.
We will certainly see some shocking moments, that’s for sure. Keep a look out for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, who I believe will have a big say in the outcome of this one. Samoa Joe could be a standout performer here, and it will be cool to see him lock up with Randy Orton and John Cena.
I wonder what insane move Shane McMahon will do this time around? My guess is putting his brother-in-law through an announce table courtesy of a top-rope elbow drop. How will Jason Jordan respond to being shafted out of the bout by his own father, Kurt Angle? He may try and get involved and inadvertently get his dad eliminated.
There will definitely be a brawl between Kane and Braun Strowman at some point which will result in The Monster Amongst Men getting counted out.
Anyway, here’s my order of elimination: John Cena (pinfall), Randy Orton (pinfall), Samoa Joe (pinfall) Triple H (pinfall), Braun Strowman (count out), Shinsuke Nakamura (submission) Kurt Angle (pinfall), Bobby Roode (pinfall), Shane McMahon (pinfall). The sole survivor for Team Raw, Finn Balor.
Women’s Five-on-five Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team SmackDown Live def. Team Raw.
With a team consisting of Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alicia Fox, Nia Jax and the undefeated Asuka, some may question my prediction for a Team SmackDown win, but let me explain.
On paper, SmackDown don’t stand a chance, but that’s usually a big indication that they’re going to be victorious. Also, Raw’s women won last year so I can’t see them doing the double.
Here’s my order of elimination: Natalya (count out), Nia Jax (pinfall) Alicia Fox (submission), Carmella (pinfall), Tamina (pinfall), Sasha Banks (pinfall), Naomi (submission), Asuka (disqualification), and finally Bayley (pinfall). Becky Lynch the sole survivor for her team.
Six-Man Tag Team Match
The Shield def. The New Day.
Not entirely sure where this one came from, but it certainly has the potential to steal the show. The
Shield have always delivered in these match types, as have The New Day.
It’s a completely fresh bout too, so that always bring an element of surprise with it. Some can argue that The Shield have lost a bit of momentum since returning, but they still get the loudest cheers of the night and always deliver where it counts, in the ring.
The New Day are fresh off their series of classic battles with The Usos, and will be raring to go in this one. They are two of the greatest factions in WWE history, but only one can stand tall this Sunday.
It’s a dream showdown that many fans have wanted to see for years, but never thought they would. Now they get that chance. Who comes out on top? The Shield all day long.
Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion
Baron Corbin def. The Miz.
If Baron Corbin doesn’t win this one he really is the biggest joke in WWE. The Miz has ran his
mouth on social media, and now it’s time for him to eat those words.
I don’t think anyone was excited about the prospect of seeing these two lock-up, but their verbal barbs have got many intrigued.
It’s a personal encounter, which has overstepped the mark of normal brand supremacy. Neither wants to lose, but the one that can survive the loss more is The Miz which is why he has to take one for the team here.
Raw Women’s Champion vs. SmackDown Live Women’s Champion
Alexa Bliss def. Charlotte.
Charlotte defied all WWE logic on SmackDown this past week when she captured the Women’s Championship in her hometown, and even got to celebrate with her Hall of Fame father, Ric Flair.
It was an incredible moment, and a lot better than humiliating the hometown hero like WWE usually
enjoy doing. Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss didn’t look at all appealing, whereas this has potential showstealer
written all over it.
Alexa Bliss has defeated everyone put in front of her, but she’s never gone one-on-one with Charlotte before. I can see Natalya costing Charlotte the win here to prolong their feud, tie up the Raw & SmackDown scores on the night and give Bliss something else to brag about.
Raw Tag Team Champions vs. SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions
The Usos def. The Bar.
I’m guessing WWE took the Raw Tag Team Titles off The Shield because they didn’t want them losing to The Usos at Survivor Series, so that “honour” will now go to The Bar instead.
Sheamus and Cesaro have fast become one of the most entertaining duos in recent memory. Mick Foley deserves high praise for putting them together. His run as GM wasn’t totally meaningless after all.
Of course, The Usos could lose here, but that would be extremely unlikely. They are arguably the
best tandem in WWE today. They need to remain strong, and a win here will achieve that.