For the first time in a long time, Survivor Series feels like Survivor Series. Instead of the traditional five on five elimination matches being added last minute or the lack of adequate booking to create any stakes for the matches, Survivor Series, 2016 edition, is a show that I am genuinely excited to see. Whether or not you agree with the brand split and what it has done to the product, one thing that it has done is make Survivor Series a must see show this Sunday, and I really hope it delivers, because the matches have the potential to be awesome. The best part is that, aside from Goldberg and Lesnar, there’s no accurate way of knowing who’s going to win what this Sunday, and the best WWE PPV’s are the ones that leave you guessing with possibilities. With that said, let’s go down the card and allow me to relay to you my predictions for the show.
The Brian Kendrick (C) (RAW) vs. Kalisto (Smackdown LIVE) – WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Upon his return from his scripted injury, Kalisto made an impact by effectively taking Baron Corbin out of the running for the men’s team on Smackdown, and not only did he earn himself a cruiserweight championship match, he has the potential to bring the entire division to Smackdown LIVE. My honest assessment of the cruiserweights is that it has been a failure thus far. The CW’s themselves are great workers, but WWE has done nothing to make the crowd to care about them. Sure, the ropes are purple when they come out, but what about them distinguishes them from the main roster? There’s no doubt in my mind WWE’s watering down of the ring-work from the CWC has something to do with it. Now, the question is whether or not the CW’s would be better suited on Smackdown LIVE as opposed to RAW, and there’s upside and downsides to it. If the CW’s are on Smackdown, I’m inclined to believe that the CW’s would be booked better on Smackdown, because SD Live has been an easier watch than RAW, and while the show in itself is generally good on a weekly basis, the in-ring work, with the exception of whether or not AJ is in a match, has been lack-luster. It’s not everything, but it’s something, and perhaps the CW’s can shine more there. However, Smackdown Live is also one hour shorter than RAW, and with all of the stars on Smackdown, there may not be adequate time to build the division up as opposed to RAW, which has the leisure of having an extra hour of content to fill. As interesting as it would be to have the CW division come to Tuesday nights, objectively, I think it would be too difficult to transport an entire division to Smackdown. I think they could make it work, but I’d be more convinced if Smackdown had more time. Considering that Kalisto also just returned, I don’t see him picking up the victory, so I say the man with a plan finds a way to retain. Chock one up for team RAW.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick
The Miz (C) (Smackdown LIVE) vs. Sami Zayn (RAW)- Intercontinental Championship
I was looking forward to a match between Dolph Ziggler and Sami Zayn, but The Miz is still a good worker, so this can be a very good match as well. Beforehand, I had Ziggler beating Zayn to retain here, and I don’t see why that would change with Miz. Bottom line is that I can’t see RAW holding both mid-card titles as well as the Cruiserweight division. As much as I love Sami, and while I think he would be a great champion, I just can’t see him winning this Sunday. The bottom line is Smackdown can’t afford to lose the Intercontinental Championship under any circumstance because of what they are working with. As for The Miz, I’m not sure where he goes from here even after another Intercontinental title reign, but we shall see. I suppose that if the IC title bounces back between two viable contenders with Ziggler and Miz, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but at the same time, I was never a fan of the hot potato route between these two, because it makes it seems as if the IC Title only revolves around Ziggler and Miz. This could actually lead to Sami Zayn finding his way on to the blue brand afterwards in some sort of transaction afterwards, if you ask me, so all may not be lost for Sami. He’d be much better suited on Smackdown than RAW. That’s one for Team Smackdown.
Winner: The Miz
American Alpha, Breezango/Fabreeze, The Usos, The Hype Bros, Heath Slater and Rhyno (Smackdown LIVE) vs. The Club, Enzo and Cass, The Shining Stars, Cesaro/Sheamus and The New Day (RAW) – 20 Man Elimination Tag Team Survivor Series Match
The possibilities here are really endless. The tag team division’s best from both brands are represented here, headlined by the team who has held the RAW Tag Team Championship since Summerslam of last year, The New Day. Team RAW seems to be the team that has more of the turmoil on the team while Smackdown seems to be more of a well-oiled machine. In terms of star power, it tilts in RAW’s favor, though the addition of the Shining Stars is a head-scratcher. This match for me is really unpredictable just because of the ways how this can end. If I had to make an educated guess then I would have to say that Team Smackdown LIve prevails here, just because The Club had teased consistently that they were going to turn on Team RAW, and I think some betrayal is going to happen. While RAW has the star-power, I think team Smackdown’s tag team division has been more refreshing to see, and I think it would be a good way of showing out for the brand had the tag teams win here, so I’ll say that the blue brand picks up another victory here.
Winner: Team Smackdown Live
Team RAW (Charlotte w/Dana Brooke, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox) vs. Team Smackdown Live (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Naomi and Carmella)
The women’s division hasn’t been this stacked in a while, so it’s good to see WWE make use of the division for both brands. I want to say that Team RAW wins here, because it contains Nia Jax, who is undefeated in singles action since her main roster debut and Charlotte, who has a near perfect record on PPV since winning the women’s title at WrestleMania. In addition, you have former champion Sasha Banks, and future champion, Bayley to represent team RAW as well. Team Smackdown Live doesn’t have any slouches, though. Captained by the face of the Women’s Division last year in Nikki Bella, their champion Becky Lynch, they have talent to hold their own. RAW’s team does have internal issues, stemming from Charlotte and Sasha Banks’ rivalry, but so does team Smackdown, with Nikki Bella and Carmella in addition with Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch. On paper and in reality, RAW’s women’s team is better, and I think that they will have the women’s team for RAW pick up the victory. I’d also be remiss not to mention that Charlotte and Sasha Banks were the first two women drafted, while three women from Smackdown’s team were drafted in non-televised choices. In addition, there seems to be much more protection of RAW’s women than Smackdown’s women, so I say that Team RAW represents here and ties it up making it 2 wins for Smackdown and two wins for RAW.