It’s WWE Survivor Series Live from Los Angeles this Sunday night. The second oldest pay-per-view in WWE. This one holds a special place in my heart. It’s the same age as I am. And as a kid I loved the traditional Survivor Series matches. As I’ve aged, Survivor Series has moved down the list of my favorite shows. But over the last couple years this show has provided some fireworks.
Lord knows I’m the worst at predictions. At least I can’t predict AJ Styles to lose the WWE Championship again! That said, here goes my best effort to correctly predict the unpredictable.
Reminder, I will not be able to provide LIVE play-by-play on Twitter. I have to work my real job 🙁
CBS Sports helped me keep track of the card. My picks are in BOLD.
Buddy Murphy (C) vs Mustafa Ali
Not sure why this match is here. Murphy just won this title. So I’ll pick him to retain.
Tag Team Survivor Series Elimination Match
RAW: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, The Ascension, Lucha House Party, B-Team and The Revival
SMACKDOWN LIVE: The Usos, New Day, Good Brothers, SAnitY & The Colons
Smackdown Live’s crew is significantly better than what RAW has to offer. That normally would make me lean toward a fluke RAW win. But as we scroll down the rest of my predictions, I lean toward the red brand in the “big” matches. So the blue crew needs to win the easy ones. Might as well win the match where SDLive has the biggest advantage. (SDLive 1-0)
Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
RAW: Natalya, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka and Ruby Riott
Smackdown Live: Carmella, Naomi, Asuka, Sonya Deville, and TBD
Who is TBD? That might make a difference in my pick. I just feel like there’s more going on with the RAW women. Nia and Tamina have a thing. Ruby Riott is featured heavily on RAW. These Smackdown Live women just have nothing going on at the moment. Other than dance breaks. (Tied 1-1)
Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
RAW: Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley
SMACKDOWN LIVE: The Miz, Shane McMahon, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy
Stephanie told Braun he can have anything he wants if RAW wins. Braun isn’t getting what he wants. Stephanie is going to fire Baron Corbin the next night. The bigger story is in the loser’s locker room. That’s the story here. (SDLive 2-1)
Tag Team Champions
Smackdown Live: The Bar
AOP looking strong is the way to go here. Hopefully there’s a Drake Maverick and Big Show comedy spot. Will The Bar tease a breakup here? They’ve been a tag team for a long time now. After being thrown together reluctantly a couple years ago, Sheamus and Cesaro have won the tag titles multiple times. Cesaro could use a singles run. I won’t predict a breakup. But it wouldn’t surprise me. (Tied 2-2)
United States vs Intercontinental
RAW: Seth Rollins
SMACKDOWN LIVE: Shinsuke Nakamura
This really is a dream matchup. Had this been done properly a couple years ago, this could headline most pay-per-views. Instead we just have this match that means nothing. All so Dean Ambrose can cause a distraction victory for Nakamura. What a shame. (SDLive 3-2)
Becky Lynch Memorial Championship
RAW: Ronda Rousey
Smackdown Live: Charlotte Flair
Becky vs Ronda should’ve been the headliner. But let’s save it for WrestleMania. This match was supposed to be the WrestleMania headliner. But now it’s here at Survivor Series. I’ve seen lots of fantasy booking here. Everything from a Horsewoman set up. To Nia and Tamina run in. I think we keep this simple. A good match. Back and forth. Ronda wins. Maybe Becky walks down for a staredown after? Or a video message? (Tied 3-3)
Universal vs WWE Champion
RAW: Brock Lesnar
Smackdown Live: Daniel Bryan
This match must be looked at as a stand alone affair. I don’t think Bryan’s heel turn has any bearing on this particular match. Lesnar does his usual Lesnar. I don’t think it’s a squash. Last year’s Lesnar match was solid. I think this year can be good too. But in the end, Lesnar wins. And RAW wins final tally 4-3!
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