By Chuck Carroll
The WWE Survivor Series card is loaded and will develop longer earlier than Sunday’s present. WWE spent the previous couple of weeks giving the projected card a significant shakeup, doubtless in an try and generate extra curiosity for the pay-per-view. After selling the match closely on-air and on social media, plans for a Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal match have been scrapped when AJ Styles dethroned the fashionable day Maharaja to turn into the brand new WWE Champion. The prospect of a match between The Beast Incarnate and The Phenomenal One is rather more engaging than one that includes Mahal, whose standing now runs the danger of retreating to the extent of his Three Man Band days, following his meteoric rise to champion.
According to a number of stories, WWE’s authentic plans for the match have been to have John Cena function the visitor referee to generate extra curiosity. However, as soon as the choice was made to tug the plug on the Mahal-Lesnar match altogether, “free agent” Cena was shifted over to 5-man Team SmackDown Survivor Series squad.
After using the “break glbad in case of emergency” tactic with Triple H to interchange Roman Reigns on the latest worldwide tour, The Game is now being pulled from the shelf, dusted off, and inserted into the normal 5-on-5 Survivor Series match as a member of Team RAW. Triple H pedigreed his manner on to the group, leaving Jason Jordan laying in the course of the ring final Monday. It’s unclear whether or not this was the plan all alongside to set right into a movement a feud with Jordan’s storyline father Kurt Angle.
At this level it’s anybody’s guess as to how else the cardboard will probably be overhauled. A good friend of mine lately quipped that at this price Hulk Hogan might lace up his boots and return to WWE.
Survivor Series match predictions are fairly actually coin flips, as the vast majority of matches are exhibitions. With the exception of the Cruiserweight Championship, the cardboard is void of title matches regardless of the actual fact each champion on the roster is scheduled to wrestle. So we’re actually flipping cash to make these picks.
Rolling Stone’s Aaron Oster and TV Insider’s Scott Fishman every have a shiny new quarter able to toss excessive within the sky to attempt to choose winners. With simply two pay-per-view occasions left this yr, Oster’s appropriate choose proportion stays comfortably forward within the 2017 standings. It’s going to take a miracle to overhaul him, so we’re bending the principles and will probably be awarding bonus factors for accurately forecasting which two opponents would be the ultimate two in every of the elimination matches.
Chuck Carroll (@ChuckCarrollWLC) – Pro wrestling contributor, CBS Local Sports
Pick Record: 65-46 (59% appropriate)
Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) – Pro wrestling contributor, Miami Herald, TV Insider and Channel Guide Magazine
Pick file: 65-44 (60% appropriate)
Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) – Pro wrestling contributor, Rolling Stone and Baltimore Sun; Host, Jobbing Out Podcast
Pick Record: 69-33 (68% appropriate)
Brock Lesnar (Photo Credit: JP Yim/Getty Images)
Champion vs. Champion Match
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles
Chuck: With Mahal not champion, Lesnar isn’t a certain wager to stroll away a winner. Styles is arguably the preferred expertise on the SmackDown roster and has been touted on digicam as top-of-the-line on the planet. So there’s fairly a little bit of intrigue right here. Does the Phenomenal One rating a win for Team Blue? Sure, why not. That is until Mahal will get concerned. Pick: AJ Styles
Scott: I don’t see AJ Styles overcoming Brock Lesnar, regardless of his huge win over Jinder Mahal. I wouldn’t be shocked if Mahal badaults Styles in response to shedding the championship. Having potential for Daniel Bryan to be concerned, sooner or later, with Paul Heyman might come into play as effectively. Pick: Brock Lesnar
Aaron: This match goes to be nice. We ought to all be grateful we’re getting it. Though we shouldn’t anticipate an excellent ending out of it. I’m totally satisfied that Jinder Mahal is popping out and screwing over AJ Styles to proceed their feud by means of Clash of Champions. It’s doable that there’s a DQ ending, or perhaps a complete non-finish, however I’m guessing Brock will find yourself pinning AJ right here. Pick: Brock Lesnar
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Braun Strowman (Photo Credit: Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team RAW: Kurt Angle (captain), Triple H, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe vs. Team SmackDown: Shane McMahon (captain), John Cena, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode
Chuck: The invasion angles have been enjoyable to look at, however the one storyline that will probably be probably carrying over is the Kurt Angle-Triple H state of affairs. The remainder of the match is pure meaningless exhibition. One of these two ought to be the ultimate man standing for the purple model, and I’ll go along with Randy Orton to outlast the remainder of SmackDown’s roster. I don’t see the returning John Cena being a significant factor. Pick: Team RAW
Scott: I used to be going to go along with Team RAW, however the best way the reveals have gone within the days main as much as the present, I’m taking SmackDown. After the Jason Jordan challenge on the Monday night time present hasn’t gone effectively, WWE wants to vary course. And having Jordan value his dad Kurt Angle the mbadive win at Survivor Series can try this. Kane could possibly be an element, because it pertains to Braun Strowman, as effectively. Taking stab at midnight, I’ll go along with Bobby Roode and John Cena surviving, however it may actually go any manner right here. Pick: Team SmackDown
Aaron: This match is so bizarre. There are loads of storylines, however none of them actually join. Kurt Angle and Triple H have their factor happening, and perhaps Jason Jordan comes out sooner or later. Kurt Angle’s job is presumably on the road as effectively, although they didn’t actually point out that in any respect this previous week. Samoa Joe and Finn Balor don’t actually like one another. Braun is Braun. Yet you need to suppose Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will come out to screw over Shane McMahon. Will they value all of Team SmackDown? And how is John Cena Team SmackDown when he didn’t care sufficient about them to point out up this week. Basically, all that is to say that it’s a complete coin toss. I’ll go along with RAW profitable, just because Angle wants to remain in energy a bit of bit longer. He’ll even be the final man standing. Pick: Team RAW
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Alicia Fox (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)
Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team RAW: Alicia Fox (captain), Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Bayley vs. Team SmackDown: Becky Lynch (captain), Naomi, Carmella, Tamina Snuka, ???
Chuck: Much like the boys’s facet, this match is pure meaningless exhibition enjoyable. Still, there’s a part of me that wonders whether or not Paige gained’t one way or the other discover her manner into the match as the ultimate member of group SmackDown. If not, it will come as no shock if she returns subsequent week. I’ll go along with Asuka and the thriller lady as the ultimate two opponents, with that lady scoring the win for the Tuesday-night crew. The writers can finagle a approach to not make the loss depend towards Asuka’s unblemished file. Pick: Team SmackDown
Scott: I’m unsure if Natalya is filling the final spot on SmackDown Live or if it’s going to be Paige or Nikki Bella. It’s undoubtedly an excellent approach to reintroduce somebody to make an affect. I do know this implies Asuka must get eradicated, however that doesn’t essentially imply it must be by pinfall or submission. Whoever the ultimate particular person is, I’ll randomly say she will probably be joined by Becky Lynch and Naomi in surviving. Pick: Team SmackDown
Aaron: This one is manner clearer to me than the boys’s match. Asuka must be Asuka on this match, simply an absolute buzz noticed. One of the explanations that Charlotte gained the title was to clear her out of Asuka’s path on this match. Yes, you would neutralize Asuka by having her chase Dana Brooke away from the ring and get counted out, however that may be a mistake. Let Asuka do what she will be able to right here, and actually showcase for the principle roster. A pleasant wrinkle could be having Nia beside her for lots of it, and the match ending with the 2 of them, a doable look in the direction of the way forward for the RAW ladies’s division. Look for these two to be the final ladies standing. Pick: Team RAW
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The Usos (Photo Credit: Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)
Tag Team Champions vs. Tag Team Champions Match
RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos
Chuck: Picking a winner in a heel-vs.-heel match isn’t at all times the simplest factor. But I’m going to offer the nod to The Usos, who proceed rolling together with the very best run of their careers. The Uso penitentiary can have two extra prisoners after the night time is over. Pick: The Usos
Scott: The Usos have been on hearth this yr, on the mic and within the ring. This one ought to be enjoyable, however it will profit Jimmy and Jey to get the victory. Pick: The Usos
Aaron: This is a tricky one to choose. The Usos are an extremely scorching act proper now, but it surely’s not like The Bar are slouches both. And with nothing to essentially achieve from both facet, anybody might win. I’ve RAW profitable each elimination matches, so that they’ll most likely win a very good chunk of the champion-vs.-champion matches. Thus, we go along with the Usos right here. Pick: The Usos
The New Day, Sheamus, Cesaro (Photo Credit: Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Shield vs. The New Day
Chuck: Original plans for The Shield’s return have been thrown out the window due to a viral an infection that fully altered the WWE TLC pay-per-view card final month. So, their huge return bout was pushed till Monday’s RAW. Now, after invading SmackDown on Tuesday, they’re going for a second straight win, and there’s zero probability of them not getting it. Pick: The Shield
Scott: I can’t think about The Shield shedding their first huge match collectively on pay-per-view, on the occasion they debuted 5 years in the past. This one has the potential to steal the present. I don’t know if Big E was teasing a activate SmackDown, but it surely’s uncommon for a bunch to remain collectively with out some dissension. Maybe a mistake within the match might create that. At the identical time, it will be onerous to think about New Day breaking apart with a lot cash to be made in merch. Pick: The Shield
Aaron: They’re simply operating by means of all of the matches they want from The Shield. Get the match with Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus, now get The New Day dream match. Seems to be that The Shield could possibly be breaking apart once more quickly in the event that they’re blowing these matches off this shortly. That being stated, The Shield aren’t shedding right here. Again, with all of those matches, non-finishes are doable, as they’re all largely exhibition matches. But if there’s a end, you higher imagine it’s The Shield going over. Pick: The Shield
Alexa Bliss (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)
Women’s Champion vs. Women’s Champion Match
RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair
Chuck: This is a match that followers have been clamoring for. In one more shakeup main as much as Sunday, Charlotte defeated Natalya to turn into the brand new SmackDown Women’s Champion on Tuesday night time. It was a feel-good second, topped off by an look by Ric Flair, after the two-time WWE Hall of Fame member narrowly escaped loss of life. Alexa Bliss can afford to take a loss right here with out shedding a lot credibility. Pick: Charlotte Flair
Scott: Alexa Bliss might use the win right here, as it will imply extra for her character than Charlotte. Giving her extra to brag about on Monday nights. It would additionally badist to construct her up additional in what’s going to most likely result in a program with Asuka. Pick: Alexa Bliss
Aaron: Even although I really feel a giant motive that Charlotte obtained the title was to get out of Asuka’s manner, I additionally really feel like they’re driving a wave of consideration on Ric Flair, and on her, because of the 30 for 30. So Charlotte isn’t going to then flip round and lose. I might see this ending in a DQ so Alexa saves face, however Charlotte comes away because the victor. Pick: Charlotte Flair
The Miz (Photo Credit: Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. United States Champion Baron Corbin
Chuck: Baron Corbin continues to obtain a pleasant push on Tuesday nights. The Lone Wolf has come a great distance this yr en-route to capturing the U.S. title. Still, I’m anticipating The Miz to have one thing to brag about Monday night time, whereas no point out will probably be fabricated from the match on Tuesday’s SmackDown. That’s the great thing about non-title matches … they don’t actually matter. Pick: The Miz
Scott: The Miz has been on hearth in 2017 and hoping the momentum continues towards Baron Corbin, who additionally has had a very good yr. Look for interference from Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas right here. The Miz ought to get the win right here as a result of he’s The Miz, and you realize the remainder. Pick: The Miz
Aaron: This is one other match that would actually go both manner. I lean in the direction of Corbin solely for a similar motive because the tag match, and that’s so SmackDown can notch some wins within the model warfare. This is a 50/50 match. Pick: Baron Corbin
Kalisto (Photo Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)
WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Kickoff Match
Enzo Amore (c) vs. Kalisto
Chuck: For all the warmth Enzo continues to generate, he’s nonetheless by far and away the preferred expertise within the cruiserweight division. Here’s the place this one will get fascinating. PWInsider is reporting Neville and WWE officers have mended fences after the previous cruiserweight champion stepped away from the corporate out of frustration. If correct, it’s believable to suppose he’ll wind up costing Enzo the match and organising a three-way feud for the title. Or does his return get saved for RAW or 205 Live? Likely the latter, thus Enzo retains right here. Pick: Enzo Amore
Scott: As a lot as I like Kalisto, I might hate for the cruiserweight title to play scorching potato. Enzo has discovered his stride with Drew Gulak and embracing the 205 Live life. Enzo wants extra contenders although, which might come within the type of a sure somebody we haven’t seen in just a few weeks, from NXT or past. Pick: Enzo Amore
Aaron: Kalisto just isn’t the man to actually dethrone Enzo. They must preserve constructing Enzo up as mainly the anti-cruiserweight, so when somebody knocks him off as soon as and for all, they get an enormous pop. We know the temporary Kalisto title run wasn’t actually purported to occur, and so at this level, they’re simply transferring on. The extra fascinating query turns into who would be the man who knocks Enzo off. And I’m unsure if he’s on the principle roster but. Pick: Enzo Amore
Chuck Carroll is former professional wrestling announcer and referee turned sports activities media character. He as soon as appeared on Monday Night RAW when he introduced Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt within the Redskins locker room.
Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.