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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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EOTR Previews: WWE Survivor Series 2017

By @TrueGodImmortal

A few weeks ago, I was not really interested in Survivor Series, and I really didn't plan on watching the show. WWE had given us lazy matches for the show like Brock Lesnar vs Jinder Mahal (who the fuck wants to see that?), Alexa Bliss vs Natalya (boring), and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs The Usos (that wasn't bad at all). The problem with the card was that it highlighted all of the booking issues that both Smackdown and RAW had. For some reason, the WWE had a much needed change of heart, and they would end up switching over a lot of the matches and making changes to most of the card. Now, the Survivor Series card is looking like the best card for the event since 2002. With that being said, today I wanted to take a look at the card and provide a preview of the stacked lineup for the show. Let's take a look.

*Kickoff Match
Cruiserweight Championship
Enzo Amore vs Kalisto

-While this match isn't one I'm excited for, I'm glad they moved it to the kickoff show. The fact is, the WWE doesn't seem to know what to do with the division and for 205 Live. There are rumors of Hideo Itami coming over to join that brand and while a KENTA vs Cedric Alexander match really is appealing for the belt, that's not likely at all. The biggest issue here is that Kalisto is not popular, and while Enzo is really good for the division in terms of drawing interest, the biggest problem now is that the matches have taken a hit as Enzo isn't as good as the rest of the roster in the ring. Still, this match will be virtually insignificant and will see Enzo retain his title and move on to whoever is next, which should be a Cedric or maybe even an Itami if he debuts soon. It's time to move on from this unnecessary feud.

*Intercontinental Champion vs United States Champion
The Miz vs Baron Corbin

-While I did say this card is stacked, I think the biggest thing about this match is the promo ability of Miz. In terms of the actual in ring action, this match doesn't excite me at all and I'm sure a lot of fans feel that way. I would have loved to see someone else as US Champion to face Miz but Corbin is doing decent in his role so far, and with that, I think he might pull off the victory here. Miz should walk away with the win, but with my thinking, I expect the RAW side to dominate the wins in the matches, so Corbin hits his finisher after about 10 minutes and picks up a clean win over Miz.

*Women's Team RAW vs Team Smackdown Match
RAW (Asuka, Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax) vs Smackdown (Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Tamina, TBD)

-Charlotte was originally the 5th member, but she's now moved to the Smackdown team. What is intriguing about this match is the fact that they didn't just put Natalya in her place and there will be a 5th member decided this Sunday. A lot of speculation has it being Paige, while most think it'll be Natalya or even Lana, but that leaves this match in a bit of suspense.... for that reason only. The RAW side is stacked and to be very honest, they should win due to one name and one name only: Asuka. Asuka hasn't been promoted like she should be and I predict she will eventually win the Women's Title, so what better way to begin her push than to make her the sole survivor in this match? If the WWE wants to do the right thing, they need to make Asuka the sole survivor for RAW in dominant fashion.

*Women's Champion vs Women's Champion
Alexa Bliss vs Charlotte

-This is a match I'm definitely looking forward to. This should be an excellent match between the two biggest women in the WWE over the last year basically. Charlotte was the top heel on RAW all last year and Bliss has thrived in that role this year. Honestly, it's impossible to really know how this match will play out, as there is literally nothing behind it minus a brief encounter on Smackdown where Bliss lays Charlotte out backstage. I would assume that Charlotte rides this wave of momentum to a victory over Bliss, as I don't really see Alexa walking out with a big time win here. Still, all I want to see here is both of these ladies put on a show that we remember for months to come. I think they are capable.

*Tag Team Champions vs Tag Team Champions
Cesaro and Sheamus vs The Usos

-This could end up as a match of the night. This is a huge match in general, but it's made bigger by the fact that The Bar is at the top of their game. Cesaro is comfortable in his role and I think he's been responsible for the success of the team, but Sheamus isn't a slouch at all. The Usos are the best team in the company and with these four men in the ring, we could witness a possible classic. If these two teams are given about 16 minutes to go out and perform, I think we might be amazed by the final result. I expect this to outshine a majority of this card and be a diamond in the rough for the night. Be on the lookout for this match.

*RAW vs Smackdown
The Shield vs The New Day

-You know, in the heyday of The Shield, we saw them go against so many great teams and great trios including the Wyatt Family and Evolution. However, the biggest act in the WWE since The Shield disbanded is The New Day. The New Day have been one of the biggest acts in the company and with the reunion of The Shield, it's only right that we get The New Day vs The Shield since The Shield might not be together much longer. I think we all know what the outcome of this match will be, but I think they will give this match at least 18-20 minutes and we'll see a lot of great action and near falls. The New Day will for sure take The Shield to the limit and I actually think this match could be better than the contests between The Shield and Evolution, as well as some of The New Day vs The Usos matches, and that's exactly what you want. Give us a tough battle with an ending that comes out of nowhere and we might have a classic in the making. However, we know The Shield will win this match. It's pretty obvious. Just book The New Day strong in a losing effort and there are no complaints from me.

*RAW vs Smackdown 5 On 5 Match
RAW (Triple H, Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe) vs Smackdown (Shane McMahon, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, John Cena, Shinsuke Nakamura)

-In reality, this is the most stacked Survivor Series match ever. Ever. This is not up for debate. It's a fact. Finn Balor, former Universal and NXT Champion. Samoa Joe, former NXT Champion and a current legend. Braun Strowman, who is one of the hottest acts in the company. Kurt Angle in his 2nd match back, who is a former WWE Champion and a true legend in this business. Triple H, one of the greatest to ever do it. That's just on the RAW side. Smackdown has Shane McMahon and Bobby Roode, who are a bit of a weak link for the team, but truthfully, when you have legends like Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, and John Cena on your team, it makes up for it. The facts remain, this match is STACKED by itself and enough to sell this entire event, but I think there a ton of elements that will make this a clusterfuck that's still entertaining. There is the chance that Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens ends up interfering and costing the Smackdown team the match, along with an appearance from Kane to help eliminate Braun Strowman, and maybe, just maybe a heel turn from Jason Jordan on Kurt Angle. This match has so many elements to it that I expect something epic and also a disaster. An epic disaster. Still, that's going to be entertaining to watch, and I expect Team RAW to win this and lead to a storyline between Triple H and Kurt Angle, which I don't think anyone wants to see, but it's rare WWE gives us a lot of what we want in succession. Team RAW wins this match with the sole survivor being Triple H.... I'm calling it now.

*Universal Champion vs WWE Champion
Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles

-Once upon a time, Brock Lesnar was a good wrestler. Once upon a time, Brock Lesnar was one of the best performers in the company. That time is gone. However, it's not they Brock can't perform at a high level, it seems like he just doesn't want to. His one on one matches have been standard and nothing special, and his best matches come when he's involved in triple threat or fatal 4 way matches. However, he's facing the best wrestler in the company, AJ Styles. Can AJ make Brock wrestle again? Can AJ force Brock to find something other than the F-5 and Suplex City moveset? That's going to be the real question. Brock hopefully doesn't get winded 7 minutes in, and we can get a good 15-20 minute main event from both of these men. I think Brock might win, but I actually think there is a bigger upside to this match if AJ wins. Brock gains nothing from a win and loses nothing in a loss, so I would say let these two have a really good match, and force AJ to hit three flying forearms in a row to pin Brock, which could be a great way to make Brock still look strong, but give the well deserved win to Styles. I mean, knowing WWE, Brock will win convincingly, but after all the work that AJ has put in, it's time for him to get rewarded even more. I hope AJ can get a great match out of Brock and I hope he wins this battle. Survivor Series is going to be a great show I'm sure, and I just hope we get enough great action to justify the hype now after they built it up much better recently.



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