The Miz vs. Sami Zayn (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Predicted Winner: Sami Zayn
When Dolph Ziggler was holding the title, it seemed more likely that he would have retained against Zayn. They would have also delivered a classic match. With the Miz holding it, the match quality will not be as good, but the story itself is more intriguing. Sami Zayn has been one of the most stagnant stars on Raw since the brand split, and a change to the blue brand would be perfect for him. Beating the Miz and moving over makes logical sense, as it’s a good face/heel basic entry feud for him. With such a long show, expect these guys to have more than enough time for Zayn to mount a solid underdog comeback and win.
The Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto (WWE Cruiserweight Championship) – If Kalisto wins, the Cruiserweight Division is transferred to Smackdown.
Predicted Winner: Kalisto
The other stagnant person on Raw is not a person it all, but an entire division. The Cruiserweights have been treated extremely poorly (introductions, storylines, match time etc.). This is almost a crime, considering the amount of pure in-ring talent and charisma between those men. With the new 205 live show starting soon, it was rumored to film right before Smackdown. Using logic, it makes sense that the CW division heads to Smackdown, with Kalisto winning. This move breathes new life into Kalisto, as well as the entire division, so it is a great move if this happens. The match itself should be what we’re used to with Kalisto, a high-flying and fast paced match. It won’t be a masterpiece, but hopefully with the stakes on the line, the crowd will be somewhat invested.
Team Raw (The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, Gallows & Anderson, Cass & Amore, The Shining Stars) vs. Team Smackdown (Slater & Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos, Breezedango) – Survivor Series Tag Team Elmination Match
Predicted Winners: Team Raw
This is going to be a bit of a cluster. 20 men in an elimination match can only look so good before it gets too chaotic. Ideally, a few teams will be eliminated quickly (Shining Stars, Breezedango, Hype Bros) just to thin the herd. This match was the least promoted of the three Survivor Series matches, and it will likely not have any consequences on furthering storylines (minus maybe a bit of fighting between themselves). Giving Sheamus & Cesaro the win will have them poised to take the titles from the New Day after they break the Demolition title record. Team Raw to win.
Team Raw (Charlotte, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks) vs. Team Smackdown (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi) – Survivor Series Elimination Match
Predicted Winners: Team Raw
This should be an interesting match, as they need to somehow keep Bayley, Nia, Sasha, Charlotte, Nikki & Becky all looking strong. Nikki is already being poised as more important than Becky, so expect Becky to take a clean pinfall. Nia can follow suit of Rusev from 2 years ago and get eliminated via DQ so she doesn’t need to take a pin or submission. It will likely come down to Charlotte & Bayley vs. Nikki, with Bayley scoring the final pinfall. This sets up for a stronger match between the two women in the future. With the “women’s revolution” happening, expect to see this match go over the 15 minute mark. Hopefully they keep it fluid and interesting. Team Raw to win.
Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins) vs. Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Shane McMahon) – Survivor Series Elimination Match
Predicted Winners: Team Smackdown
Although the big men will close the show, this is the main event in terms of in-ring quality. All ten men will get their chance to showcase their big moves, and it should create some fun tension between rivals who have to act as teammates. Some of the interesting match-ups will be Wyatt vs. his former protige Strowman, and Ambrose vs. his former Shield members. AJ vs. Kevin Owens would be a great exchange, but it seems like the type of thing where soon as AJ tags in, Owens tags out to generate more heat. In terms of pure talent, this is one of the best Survivor Series teams of the modern era. Unfortunately, there is nothing of substance on the line. A better plan would have been to at least offer a NXT draft pick or two for the winning team. Regardless, enjoy the fight. This should be the match of the night.
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar
This is the match that no one was asking for, but everyone seems to be on board for now. Although their last match at WrestleMania 20 was terrible, the different circumstances have changed the attitude. Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. With Goldberg’s 12 year hiatus, and Lesnar only wrestling a few shows a year, it is shaping up to be more of a dream match than initially thought. Even if the match will not be technically amazing, it has a Rock/Hogan or Hogan/HBK kind of feel to it. Both men are very familiar with MMA (Brock being a former UFC champion, and Goldberg being a daily practitioner of kickboxing), so keeping it like more of a brawl would give it a different vibe than the original match. Goldberg also has some ring rust, so it’s more ideal that he sticks to brawling than tries for multiple unique suplexes and powerbombs and hurts Brock. Even if you as the hardcore fan may not love the idea of this, keep in mind that I have had more casual/non-fans talk to me about this specific match than anything else since Brock & Taker’s match at WrestleMania 30. Hopefully, this draws some more eyes to the product.
Although Goldberg winning would be a great feel-good moment, especially with them having his wife & son join him in the ring, it is not best for business. Beating Brock should be a feat of strength, and saved for the next superstar ready to break out. Provided this match is planned properly, Goldberg can still look strong in defeat, and Brock will remain the beast that they need him to be. Remember, Goldberg wants to show off for his family, so we will see him trying his best.