As the WWE is so keen on reminding us, Survivor Series is the one time a yr when Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head.
That theme has escalated in 2017, with matches between a pair of matches between Raw and SmackDown’s males’s singles champions and Raw and SmackDown’s ladies’s champions. There’s additionally a pair of conventional 5-on-5 elimination matches (one males’s and one ladies’s), a conflict between each units of tag staff champions and a six-man tag staff dream match between The New Day and The Shield.
To maintain with that theme, we have pitted our Raw analyst Tim Fiorvanti towards SmackDown analyst Matt Wilansky to interrupt down, debate and, finally, predict the outcomes of the total Survivor Series card.
Our previews kick off with a match that has modified considerably up to now week, as new WWE champion AJ Styles takes on Raw’s Universal champion, Brock Lesnar.
Fiorvanti: I used to be really having fun with a little bit of the back-and-forth between Jinder Mahal and Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman, however there wasn’t a lot warmth to the precise match between Mahal and Lesnar at Survivor Series. It would’ve doubtless featured a short stretch by which the Singh brothers would have given Mahal a gap, but it surely finally would’ve ended up with Lesnar delivering a complete bunch of suplexes for all three of them. But we have seen that earlier than. The timing of this title change is attention-grabbing, to say the least, and whereas it does not give us loads of time to course of the implications, Lesnar vs. AJ Styles is a match that mainly hypes itself.
Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles will go head-to-head for the primary time at Survivor Series. ESPN Stats and Info provides up 5 stats for the match.
An exhilarating Monday Night Raw sealed the ultimate changes for a stacked Survivor Series that’s positive to start a tumultuous highway to WrestleMania.
Wilansky: The twists carry on coming. Like you, I used to be intrigued by the prospect of Mahal-Lesnar, not a lot for what they might have accomplished within the ring, however extra so simply the outcome. I’m not satisfied Brock was going to come back out on high. The WWE had invested a lot in Mahal and its world endeavor that, to me, this was solely 60-40 in favor of Lesnar. Anyway, we’ll save that debate for an additional day.
Styles-Lesnar is the most recent Super Bowl-caliber bout in current months. Yes, it got here out of the blue, however it is a enterprise that wishes as many eyeballs this minute — builds be damned. Suddenly, Tim, we now have the motive to look at Survivor Series. I am curious, although, ought to we be involved for Styles’ momentum if he loses? The invincible aura of Braun Strowman took a success after he fell to Lesnar at No Mercy.
Fiorvanti: I feel all of it will depend on the way it occurs. If we get a match comparable in model and size to what Samoa Joe had with Lesnar, somewhat than the uneven, often puzzling Strowman title problem, it would not essentially harm Styles an excessive amount of. Styles is certainly one of — if not the — finest sellers on this period wrestling, and the prospect of what a few of Lesnar’s energy strikes will seem like and all the methods they could possibly be arrange is downright thrilling to consider.
Wilansky: No doubt will probably be thrilling to look at Lesnar go towards a distinct caliber performer than the slower, lumbering opponents he has had just lately. And that is not to remove something from Samoa Joe, as you talked about.
To me this could possibly be on par with the Lesnar-CM Punk 2013 SummerSlam match. Styles has all of the instruments, and Lesnar is a freak. Of all of the spur-of-the-moment WrestleMania-worthy matches in current months, this one is likely to be probably the most intriguing of all of them.
Fiorvanti: Just take a look at how most of the finest matches of the yr in WWE Styles has already had. I barely most popular their SummerSlam match, however Styles vs. John Cena for the WWE championship was additionally undeniably unbelievable. He shocked the world and primarily stole the present within the WrestleMania opener towards Shane McMahon, had an impromptu stunner towards Finn Balor after flying via the night time, and that is all earlier than you think about the very best moments of his rivalry with Kevin Owens. Styles flat-out makes everybody he steps into the ring with higher, and so long as Lesnar buys into this match, we’re more likely to see one thing very particular at Survivor Series.
Wilansky: So what you are saying is do not count on a squash match, proper? A yr in the past at this occasion, Lesnar was concerned in one of many really memorable stunners in current reminiscence, when he was dismantled by Goldberg in lower than two minutes. I am anticipating this one to go about 15-18 minutes in what could possibly be the match of the yr. Yes, Styles brings it almost each time he goes on the market, however what intrigues me is that Lesnar has an depth that Styles has not seen, not since he joined the WWE anyway.
Fiorvanti: I feel there are nonetheless some obstacles to work round on this match, however I do are likely to assume that Styles will bump like loopy for Lesnar and get simply the correct of offense in to permit Lesnar a while to get better. I are likely to assume the Joe blueprint goes to be nearer to what we’ll get right here, with the match itself ending up nearer to the 9-10 minute mark. It feels bizarre to have Styles lose cleanly right here, simply a few weeks out from profitable the WWE championship, so one thing must give. The likeliest situation, in my head, can be to have Styles on the point of the unlikely victory, just for Mahal to spitefully come for his revenge.
That method, we nonetheless get the Singh brothers getting suplexed far and wide, Mahal nonetheless getting to look throughout an enormous match and making a distinction, and extra warmth between Mahal and Styles going ahead. Lesnar will get his win, appears ahead to 1 extra tune-up match on the Royal Rumble (and maybe a second, relying on the pay-per-view schedule), after which it is onward to his inevitable date with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34.
Wilansky: I like every thing you stated there, however what a buzzkill it’s speaking Lesnar-Reigns — however I digress. I agree that Mahal might play a job, and I would not be fully shocked if he recaptured the title quickly after Survivor Series and forward of the WWE tour in India. I’ve to consider that after on a regular basis and vitality that was put into making Mahal a star, he isn’t going to vanish anytime quickly. But you are proper: I am unable to see Lesnar dropping this match. If there have been some construct, and if there have been longer ramifications exterior a one-off model versus model conceit, I is likely to be waffling somewhat extra on the winner.
Fiorvanti: In some pipe-dream world, although, it is enjoyable to think about how Styles might win and the way a lot he may profit. There is not a single different performer on both roster who might enhance Styles in a single match than Lesnar might in a loss. But, alas, we stay in the true world.
Fiorvanti prediction: Lesnar, because of Mahal-related shenanigans.
Wilansky prediction: Lesnar, but it surely’ll take a couple of F-5 prefer it did towards Braun Strowman at No Mercy.