WWE SummerSlam 2016 gave us only one inter-promotional matchup between WWE’s biggest Superstars.
Now that we’re out of the summer and deep into the fall, Survivor Series 2016 is ready to give us another dose of WWE brand warfare. And this time, there’s a lot more at stake here to battle over. Not only are bragging rights up for grabs, entire divisions and championships make up the prizes for the matches between Raw and SmackDown Live’s competing members. Three major Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Matches are on the way, plus a major dream (re)match is coming true once again.
November 20th is right around the corner, so let’s get into our preview of 2016’s WWE Survivor Series.
The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Sami Zayn (WWE Intercontinental Championship; if Zayn wins, the title will transfer to Raw)
Predictions & Winner: So Ziggler’s run as IC Champion got cut a lot shorter than expected. We were a lot more prepared to watch some in-ring excellence erupt when Ziggler and Zayn got in the ring. But The Miz cut that expected outcome short. So now The Miz is the one fighting for SmackDown Live’s honor against Raw’s choice for the man they expect to reclaim the IC Title for their show. Zayn will pull out all the stops in order to get his hands on SD Live’s midcard championship and Miz will do the sneakiest things imaginable to keep his championship. Maryse’s involvement will come to pass once again and of course this will lead to Miz making SmackDown proud. Zayn takes the L here and Miz returns to Tuesday nights as IC Champion.
Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks with Dana Brooke) vs. Team SmackDown Live (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Naomi with Natalya) (5–on–5 Traditional Survivor Series Women’s Elimination Match)
Predictions & Winners: LADY WARFARE! Charlotte left Hell in a Cell as Raw’s leading lady and now she’s got a squad full of allies (and past foes) by her side. Nikki Bella has also put together a lineup of tough females who want to make sure their Blue Brand comes out on top. Now when you compare both teams on paper, it’s pretty easy to give the edge to Team Raw. Charlotte’s been unstoppable lately, Bayley always manages to come from down under and get a 2nd wind, Nia Jax is a beast and Sasha Banks can easily become the MVP of any team she’s on. SmackDown has only two women we think who’re on par with Raw’s women: Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss. So that’s four great women and one average team addition against two greats and three subpar to decent teammates. Our picks for the winning squad, though? Team RAW FTW! You can bet on some team infighting from both sides, though…
Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto (Singles Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship; if Kalisto wins the title, then Smackdown Live will get the Cruiserweight Division from Raw)
Predictions & Winner: Now this one has us really pondering which direction WWE wants to go. Although we’re huge fans of the new blood brought in to make Raw’s Cruiserweight Division stand out, its execution has been a bit lackluster. To be quite honest, we’ve always associated SmackDown with the much smaller but supremely agile Superstars due to them being exclusive to the Blue Brand all those years back. Brian Kendrick will do everything in his power to make sure his newly won championship stays where it was recently birthed. But we’re expecting to see a shocker occur here via a Kalisto win. It makes more sense for this result to come to fruition since that new 205 Live WWE Network show will start airing right after SmackDown Live. The Cruiserweight’s are a much better fit for SmackDown Live and they deserve the extra exposure now that their show airs right after Tuesday’s show. Kalisto becomes champ and SmackDown gets to improve upon the division that’s been floundering on Raw since its inception.
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