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Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle might be concerned in main matches at WWE Survivor Series 2017.Credit: WWE.com
Survivor Series has felt like an afterthought in comparison with WWE’s different “Big Four” pay-per-views for the higher a part of the final decade. That stated, the upcoming installment has the potential to be probably the greatest in years with what’s at present on faucet.
For the second straight 12 months, Survivor Series will carry a Raw vs. SmackDown theme with Superstars from each manufacturers battling it out for bragging rights. While no titles might be up for grabs on the principle card, most of the matches are intriguing from in-ring standpoint and promise to ship.
Between the three champion vs. champion matches, the 2 conventional tag crew elimination matches, and the usual six-man tag crew matchup, it is simply essentially the most stacked and star-studded installment in current reminiscence.
Seasoned stars comparable to Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle, Triple H, John Cena and others will return to the ring at Survivor Series, although what function they may in the end play of their respective matches stays unknown. Will these notable names thrive, or will they crumble beneath the brilliant lights on the November basic?
There might be these wrestling at Survivor Series for the primary time on Sunday, whereas others might have an illustrious historical past on the occasion courting again many years. Only time will inform, and at this level, and we are able to merely speculate what the long run holds for these people.
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Brock Lesnar spent weeks coaching for his match with Jinder Mahal at Survivor Series, solely to seek out out his opponent had been modified to AJ Styles after The Phenomenal One captured the WWE Championship on the Nov. 7 version of SmackDown Live.
Needless to say, Lesnar vs. Styles is a much more intriguing match than what was initially scheduled. Styles has a a lot better likelihood of beating The Beast Incarnate than Mahal would have, to not point out Lesnar’s win-loss document at Survivor Series is not precisely stellar.
Lesnar misplaced every of the three matches he had at Survivor Series in 2002, 2003 and 2016, so the numbers will not be on his aspect heading into this 12 months’s installment. That stated, Goldberg is the one particular person to pose a respectable menace to the present Universal champion within the final 4 and a half years, so Styles should not be thought-about a powerful favourite to emerge victorious, both.
Regardless of who wins, each males will nonetheless stand tall over their respective present as world champion, with Lesnar possible disappearing till the Royal Rumble. After all, Raw would not have one other unique pay-per-view for an additional few months, and thus Lesnar will preserve his possession of the prize as the brand new 12 months approaches.
Since Styles might very effectively drop the belt again to Mahal sooner relatively than later, Lesnar is a protected selection to return out on high on this conflict of champions. From there, he can set his sights on potential challengers Finn Balor and Roman Reigns.
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The sport modified fully for Survivor Series 2017 when Charlotte Flair captured the SmackDown Women’s Championship on the most recent version of SmackDown Live. At the occasion, Raw Women’s champion Alexa Bliss will now face Charlotte as an alternative of her initially scheduled opponent, Natalya.
Similar to AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar, this can be a huge enchancment over what it was earlier than as a result of it’s a true duel between the highest ladies in WWE in the intervening time. Charlotte and Bliss have not crossed paths on the principle roster in any respect, so it’s sure to be an awesome match and might go both means.
For Charlotte, these are merely the start phases of what ought to be a prolonged title reign for her. She has spent a lot of the 12 months on the SmackDown sidelines, however together with her newest title win, she is again within the forefront of the division battling one of the best the corporate has to supply, together with Bliss.
Lest we overlook Carmella continues to be ready within the wings with the Money within the Bank briefcase she gained again in June. Despite now not having James Ellsworth by her aspect, she is fully able to cashing in efficiently and turning into champion, particularly at an occasion the place followers least anticipate it.
That might be one thing to control at Survivor Series, however nonetheless, search for the Flair household scion to beat Bliss and have a powerful begin as SmackDown Women’s champion.
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John Cena has stored quiet since WWE followers final noticed him at No Mercy 2017, the place he suffered a loss by the hands of Roman Reigns. He declared himself a “free agent” over the summer season, and in consequence, he is been in a position to bounce backwards and forwards between Raw and SmackDown Live since July.
With AJ Styles profitable the WWE Championship, SmackDown was in dire want of a fifth member of their males’s crew for the standard tag crew elimination match in opposition to Raw at Survivor Series. Thus, Shane McMahon enlisted Cena, who bled blue for over a 12 months after being drafted to Tuesday nights in 2016.
Cena has not appeared in any respect within the build-up to the pay-per-view, nor was it ever revealed what led him to picking SmackDown over Raw. What’s additionally unknown is how lengthy he plans to stay round for past Sunday, if in any respect, so this could be nothing greater than a one-off for the 16-time world champion.
That stated, it is protected to imagine Cena might be swiftly eradicated from his crew and never be among the many sole survivors. Someone on Team Raw, comparable to Finn Balor or Samoa Joe, would profit huge time from pinning Cena and planting the seeds for a future encounter.
In truth, it appeared Cena vs. Joe was the route WWE was headed in earlier than Joe was sidelined with an harm in late August, so Joe brutalizing Cena and placing him on the shelf a bit of longer could be an effective way to kick off a program between them for the winter or WrestleMania seasons.
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Although Roman Reigns’ sickness delayed The Shield’s inevitable reunion, they have been again in full power on the Nov. 13 version of Raw, the place they defeated The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro in six-man tag crew motion. Also that evening, they challenged The New Day to an interpromotional match at Survivor Series after New Day value Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins the Raw Tag Team Championship the week prior.
It’s a match many thought we’d by no means see, however now that we’re getting it, it ought to be nothing in need of stellar. Any match involving Shield throughout their unique run was entertaining, to not point out how New Day is recent off their outstanding rivalry with The Usos and a powerful candidate for Match of the Year at Hell in a Cell.
The Shield’s second stint as a unit has been enjoyable to comply with up thus far, however it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the three of them go their separate methods once more. Reigns seems to be headed towards a feud with Brock Lesnar over the Universal Championship, leaving Ambrose and Rollins to fend for themselves within the tag crew division.
It’s too early to start speculating when The Shield will meet their demise, and within the meantime, it could make sense for them to proceed working rampant over the Raw roster. Having them lose on the 5 12 months anniversary of once they debuted could be illogical, so they need to decide up the victory versus the previous four-time SmackDown Tag Team champions.
There are a number of matches on the cardboard which have the potential to steal the present, however this outing particularly might exceed everybody’s expectations if given the time it deserves.
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After 11 years away from the squared circle, Kurt Angle made his lengthy awaited return to the ring ultimately month’s TLC pay-per-view and had a strong displaying in opposition to The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Kane and Braun Strowman. Eight days later, he was named the crew captain for Raw at Survivor Series by Stephanie McMahon.
In that very same section, Stephanie voiced her displeasure with Angle over SmackDown Live invading the flagship present on Oct. 23, informing him that he might be fired from his place as Raw basic supervisor if his crew is to lose on Sunday.
Angle has all the time thrived beneath strain and this Raw vs. SmackDown match developing will present him with the chance to show he nonetheless has what it takes to get it achieved within the ring. Plus, he has Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Strowman and Triple H on his aspect, so victory is nearly badured for Team Red.
However, what lengths will his teammates go to to make sure they arrive away with the win? Angle and Triple H teased rigidity on Monday’s Raw when HHH delivered a Pedigree to Jason Jordan, and the Olympic gold medalist might avenge his “son” at Survivor Series by concentrating on The Game.
His unhealthy blood with Shane McMahon has been well-documented in current weeks as effectively, so there is a good likelihood they’re going to take one another to the restrict and wage warfare. Not solely will Angle’s squad beat the blue model, this bout will lay the groundwork for no matter match awaits him at WrestleMania 34.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham “GSM” Matthews, is an Endicott College alumnus and aspiring journalist. Visit his web site, Next Era Wrestling, and “like” his official Facebook web page to proceed the dialog on all issues wrestling.