The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (Six-Tag Team Match)
Predictions & Winners: WOW! This one was rumored to be in the works for a while, but the high chances of it being announced hinged on the return of Roman Reigns. Now that he’s healthy and back in fighting form, he can finally align himself again with his Shield brothers in the ring on PPV. And their foes are SmackDown Live’s trio of happy go lucky Superstars, The New Day. Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods have tormented Raw on two occasions ever since this year’s brand warfare storyline kicked off. Plus they cost Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose the Raw Tag Team Championship!
There’s a lot of bad blood between both stables, so I get the feeling that this match will go long and be pretty damned amazing. Since this is such a big comeback moment for The Shield, I can’t see any one of its members eating the losing pinfall here. While they’ll no doubt be competitive, The New Day will eventually fall and one of their members will succumb to the Triple Powerbomb.
WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Sheamus & Cesaro vs. WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) (Non-Title Champions vs. Champions Interbrand Match)
Predictions & Winners: DAMN! I really wanted to see Rollins and Ambrose put on a MOTY candidate with my pick for this year’s top tag team, The Usos. But there’s really no need to worry since the chances of this match being the best on the show are still high. “The Bar” have regained the Raw Tag Team Championship and can always be trusted upon to bring the best out of anyone they face. I’m really looking forward to this one. It’s just so hard to pick who’ll actually prevail after all the smoke has cleared. I’m gonna hand the win to The Usos here since they’re a bit more viable and hot than their Raw Tag Team Championship counterparts. I can’t imagine any crazy shenanigans taking place. Expect a great match that will end without any outside interference from the teams that have revenge on their minds in regards to the teams in this match.
WWE Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair (Non-Title Champion vs. Champion Interbrand Match)
Predictions & Winner: CHARLOTTE DID IT! In another case of shocking booking decisions for the month of November 2017, Charlotte defeated Natalya for the SmackDown Women’s Championship and took her place against Alexa Bliss at this PPV. Now I’m a lot more interested in seeing how this plays out. I can’t remember if these two ladies ever locked up in a singles situation back on NXT, but I’m sure they’ll put on a fun contest here. Seeing as how Charlotte JUST claimed her brand’s Women’s title, it’s hard for me to envision her eating the pinfall loss so early into her reign. Bliss will give her a good fight, no doubt. But Charlotte will notch a point in the win column for SmackDown by making Bliss tap out.
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles (Non-Title Champion vs. Champion Interbrand Match)
Predictions & Winner: Thank you, Based God AJ! He saved the day and prevented us all from having to sit through another Jinder Mahal PPV main event. He is truly “Phenomenal.” And now we actually have a marquee match at Survivor Series to look forward to – Brock Lesnar’s first ever matchup against AJ Styles. I wouldn’t exactly call this a dream match, but it still presents a clash of styles (no pun intended) that I can’t wait to see play out. Since AJ is obviously smaller than his Raw opponent, I can totally picture Styles being dominated during the opening moments of this match.
But AJ will do his due diligence and pick away at Lesnar’s lower extremities with kicks and submissions. This bout will turn into a story that follows AJ as he breaks down Lesnar and forces him to his knees at certain points. Lesnar getting locked into the Calf Crusher is definitely a possibility here. But when Lesnar refreshes himself, “Suplex City” will come into play and AJ will be on the defensive end once again. When all is said and done, Lesnar will shake off the limb damage he was forced to sustain and finally finish AJ with a definitive F5.
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