What If NXT Fought at WWE Survivor Series 2021?


In 2019, NXT was included in the brand competition for Survivor Series. It hasn’t happened again since, but that always sparks an interesting “what if” question.

Even with NXT 2.0’s roster made up of a lot of rookies, there are still plenty talented Superstars who could make up solid teams to represent the formerly black and gold, now tie-dye brand.

So let’s explore the possibilities. Who would have been on the teams? How well would the champions have fared?

Let’s do some fantasy booking and try to put the roster in its place to make NXT as strong of competition against Raw and SmackDown as possible!

The Midcard Belts: Raw’s United States Champion Damian Priest vs. NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes vs. SmackDown Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura

When Carmelo shoots, he doesn’t miss. However, he’s going to have to come up short in this one, as he’s up against Damian Priest.

Based on his track record, Priest has had one of the best runs of anyone this year. He’s barely ever lost and when he does fail to win, it’s often some multi-man match or there were some shenanigans. He’s been very well protected on such a consistent basis that he’s an easy bet to be victorious in any match.

Shinsuke Nakamura’s had a good year, too, but not to that level. He could be the sacrificial lamb to lose so Hayes doesn’t get pinned, but I’m sticking with Priest as the victor.

Winner = Damian Priest

The Tag Team Belts: Raw’s RK-Bro vs. NXT’s Imperium vs. SmackDown’s The Usos

If we keep RK-Bro and The Usos at Survivor Series this year, it’ll be one of the most difficult matches to predict. Both teams could theoretically win and it wouldn’t be shocking at all. I’m fully assuming the team WWE chooses will be entirely based on the numbers tally and which brand needs to get another win in the overall. Basically, they’ll book the other matches and then say “It looks like SmackDown needs another win, so let’s give this to The Usos” or something along those lines.

With that in mind, this would be a match Imperium could definitely win to offset how the two other teams are on a higher level. We’ve seen that happen before in past Survivor Series, so why not apply it to this match?

I could picture a scenario such as Randy Orton hitting an RKO on Jimmy or Jey, only for Fabian Aichner to push him aside while Marcel Barthel steals the pin.

Winner = Imperium

The Women’s Belts: Raw’s Becky Lynch vs. NXT’s Mandy Rose vs. SmackDown’s Charlotte Flair

Mandy Rose stands no chance. She’s in the ring with two of the Four Horsewomen who run the flagship shows. This is an entirely different league altogether, and even the recent Flair backstage issues doesn’t put Rose in the No. 1 spot.

That might save her from taking the pin, though. Maybe Flair still eats it as a punishment. Even that’s hard to believe, though, since it’s still The Queen and Rose has never been the top priority like these two have.

I’d imagine this is a very clear Becky Lynch victory where she either pins Flair or makes Rose tap out.

Winner = Becky Lynch

The Men’s World Title Belts: Raw’s Big E vs. NXT’s Tommaso Ciampa vs. SmackDown’s Roman Reigns

Much like the women’s champions, there’s a very clear answer here. Unlike the women, though, it’s actually just a one-person race.

Roman Reigns is the guy and no matter how much of a fight Big E and Tommaso Ciampa put up against him, it’s an unwinnable scenario. The Tribal Chief is at the absolute top of the food chain who wins all his matches outside of tag team affairs and disqualifications and such. Since this is No DQ and on a pay-per-view, Reigns would simply beat them like he did Edge and Daniel Bryan.

I’d vote pinfall over guillotine submission. Ciampa likely would be the one looking up at the lights, too, just because WWE doesn’t value NXT as much.

This would be a great match, wouldn’t it?

Winner = Roman Reigns

As it stands, we don’t know any of the members of the Raw and SmackDown teams (for both the men’s and women’s divisions) so we won’t be comparing potential winners for those matches.

Team for Women’s Elimination Match

Ruling out Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin as champions, I can see a list of mostly seven names, with a handful of others that would be in the maybe pile.

Maybe pile people are Cora Jade, Elektra Lopez, Ember Moon (kind of just said “I’ll be back and maybe I’ll figure out how to stop losing”) and Ivy Nile. Mei Ying and Sarray, too.

The real contenders to be on this team, though, are Kay Lee Ray, Io Shirai, Zoey Stark, and two more out of this group of four: Dakota Kai / Raquel Gonzalez, Franky Monet, and Indi Hartwell.

Gonzalez would be Team Captain most likely, but they could get away with Io Shirai in that role if Gonzalez were to stay away from the match to avoid having her lose. Dakota Kai couldn’t be on the same team as Gonzalez, but could be on the team if RQ wasn’t on there.

Monet’s a big enough deal that they wouldn’t completely ignore her, but she could arguably be pushed aside in favor of someone like Indi Hartwell.

Team NXT (women) = Raquel Gonzalez (captain), Io Shirai, Kay Lee Ray, Indi Hartwell and Zoey Stark

Team for Men’s Elimination Match

With more to pick from, there are 14 men I could imagine taking part in this team once you take out the champions and the inactive members of the roster.

Lowest on the totem pole, but still in the discussion, would be Timothy Thatcher, Kushida, Cameron Grimes, Duke Hudson, Xyon Quinn, Santos Escobar and LA Knight. No slights at any of these super talented guys, but I can just imagine WWE picking some other priorities.

Three of those priorities would be Johnny Gargano, Kyle O’Reilly and Bron Breakker. Those are locks, I’d assume.

The inclusion of Gargano opens room for Dexter Lumis, whereas O’Reilly could bring Von Wagner alongside him. To avoid that, WWE could possibly cut both and go with a different powerhouse in Odyssey Jones.

Don’t forget about Pete Dunne. He’s far from someone to overlook. However, I don’t think he’d get along with the team and they would rather put a more sizable person in the team who won’t look at short in comparison, which Dunne unfortunately does fall into the category of.

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