WWE Survivor Series 2018: Predictions
The WWE Survivor Series 2018 pay-per-view is all set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 18 and the match card for the PPV has been fixed already. The third of the big-4 PPVs, Survivor Series, will see Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown Live take on each other for brand supremacy. As many as eight matches are booked for the show.
Some of the big names that will not be a part of the PPV are former World Champion AJ Styles, who dropped his title to Daniel Bryan on the go-home show, the most successful Superstar in the PPV, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, etc.
Let us take a look at all the eight matches that will be taking place in the PPV and the predictions on who will come out victorious.
Men’s 10-on-10 Survivor Series Elimination Match – Team SmackDown Live vs Team Raw
The traditional Survivor Series match between the tag teams on both the brands will headline the PPV’s pre-show. Led by The Usos, Team SmackDown Live will feature former champions The New Day, Sanity, The Colons, and The Club while Team Raw will have Glorious Gable leading them with The Ascension, The Revival, The B-Team and Lucha House Party in their team.
This should be a good contest for the pre-show. WWE have been pushing Chad Gable and Bobby Roode in the Raw tag team division of late, and it won’t be a surprise if they help their brand come out victorious.
Authors of Pain vs The Bar
Raw Tag Team Champions Authors of Pain have been on a roll ever since they were pitted with Dake Maverick and even went on to win the titles. At Survivor Series, they will be taking on their counterparts from the Blue Brand, The Bar. Taking the way AOP are portrayed into the account, WWE will ensure that they come out on top against Sheamus and Cesaro.
Women’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match – Team SmackDown Live vs Team Raw
The second traditional Survivor Series match will see the women on Raw (Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Natalya, and Ruby Riott) led by captain Alexa Bliss take on the SmackDown Live women (Asuka, Sonya Deville, Naomi, Carmella, and another Superstar). Arguably the greatest female wrestler to grace the industry, Charlotte Flair was announced as the captain of the Blue brand but thanks to some last-minute changes, she won’t be taking part in the match and WWE are yet to announce her replacement.
Had Charlotte been a part of this match, her team would have ended up with a win but this Sunday, we could witness Nia Jax lead Team Raw to victory. Making Nia dominant in the match will follow up what happened on Raw last week when she injured Becky Lynch and the fact that she will be facing Ronda Rousey at the WWE TLC PPV after winning the Battle Royal at Evolution.
Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura
The match between Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins and the United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura has every single chance of stealing the show, and if both the wrestlers are given at least 20 minutes, they could be putting on a potential MOTY contender. In spite of rumors of Dean Ambrose costing Seth the match, it won’t be surprising if The Man beats Nakamura to pull one back for his team.
Men’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match – Team SmackDown Live vs Team Raw
With the likes of Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman along with Dolph Ziggler, Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley in their team, the Baron Corbin-led Team Raw have a handful of foes in their team to face Team SmackDown Live that has skipper The Miz, Shane McMahon, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio, and Jeff Hardy.
SmackDown Live is likely to end up winning the match after the Raw team goes on a self-destruction mode. Having said that, one cannot rule out Team Raw winning with McIntyre’s brilliance as there were reports of him getting a huge push going into 2019 and helping his team will give him a lot of momentum. Still, we stand by our prediction of SmackDown winning the match.
Buddy Murphy (Champion) vs Mustafa Ali – WWE Cruiserweight Championship match
After a long time, the WWE Cruiserweight title will be defended in the main show of a WWE PPV. Both Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy are capable of stealing the show, and they will look to make a statement for the 205 Live brand and put on a classic. One can put their money on Murphy retaining the title at the PPV this Sunday.
Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair
Till last Monday, Ronda Rousey was supposed to take on Becky Lynch at the PPV, but due to Becky’s freak injury on Raw, she was not cleared to take part in the match and chose her friend Charlotte to do the job for her. But, the match could witness Becky involving in some capacity. Not just Becky but also NXT Women’s champion Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir could also be a part of the match as this is the right time for WWE to plant seeds for WWE’s Four Horsewomen vs MMA’s Four Horsewomen. As far as the result of this match is concerned, Ronda could end up victorious but not without some chaos.
Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan
Just like Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair, this match was fixed in the go-home show as it was initially supposed to have Brock Lesnar take on AJ Styles. With Bryan beating Styles for the WWE championship, he got the rights to face Brock at Survivor Series. It won’t be a surprise if Styles shows up and costs the match for Bryan, giving Brock a win. This will ensure that both Bryan and Brock are not shown weak.