So, Survivor Series is on, and so the predictions are coming thick and fast. WWE are being their usual helpful selves by not telling us who is in one of the matches, so that’s going to be the fun one to predict – so without further ado, let’s get into it.
5-vs-5 Elimination Match
Obviously this needs to be team heel vs. team face. The one’s we’ve seen recently, especially in six man tag matches have been the euro lot (as I like to group them), so my predictions for the teams are as follows.
Team Heel: Sheamus, Barrett, The New Day(?)
Team Face: Cesaro, Neville, Ryback, The Usos(?)
My prediction for this is Team Face for the win, because that way Sheamus is really angry, and then he cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the title match. This match gives him an excuse to be there, too, so he doesn’t only show up to cash in and do nothing else, which lends a bit of credence to the storyline. If there’s going to be a solo winner, it’ll be Cesaro, because his push is getting phenomenal now, and the crowd loves him. Maybe it comes down to Sheamus vs Cesaro in the end, and Sheamus loses to the Swiss Superman, throws a hissy and storms off.
But of course, I could be wrong about every single part of this match, because we don’t know who’s going to be in it. Way to be helpful, Creative!
Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler
This is going to be a fun match, because these two work incredibly well together in the ring. Unsurprising, as they were both trained by Lance Storm, so have similar methods of selling – and let’s face it, Ziggler could sell panties to Dean Ambrose fans. Breeze is going to win, but he won’t win clean, because he’s a heel and because it stops Dolph looking weak against him if Tyler wins through trickery. Hopefully there will be some talking before the match, Summer Rae will probably be there and might be the reason that Dolph loses. I sort of want him to address the reference she made to him having a tiny penis, because that would be hilarious, but somehow I doubt it.
Diva’s Championship: Paige vs. Charlotte
Charlotte. As much as I’d love to see them swap the belt around a bit more, and hand it around instead of one Diva holding it all the time, after what Paige said at the contract signing, she can’t take the title. She needs to be brought down and brought down and brought down, and so Charlotte’s going to keep winning over – and winning clean. She needs to be the one to take Paige down a few pegs, to say that no matter how much Paige rants about being the best, she can’t keep up with Charlotte. I pretty much want to see Charlotte make Paige tap out, but is that too much like the end to Charlotte and Nikki’s Night of Champions match? Or do Creative assume that we pay so little attention to the Diva’s matches that we wouldn’t notice that we got the same match at two PPVs in a row?
Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt vs. Kane and Undertaker
This is a hard one. Taker’s hitting his 25th anniversary, which is a big deal, but also points out just how old he is. Kane has been struggling through his matches he was having with Seth Rollins (we miss you Seth!) for ages, he’s getting old and out of shape, and I don’t want to watch Undertaker go the same way by sticking around for too many years. Would I like to see Undertaker and Kane lose, on the anniversary, giving the Wyatts power beyond anyone’s comprehension and making them a real force to be reckoned with? Yeah, kinda. Would I like to see the Wyatts squashed, so I can stop seeing them all the time, and the family can fall apart and become this mess of in-fighting? Yeah, kinda.
I’ll say Undertaker and Kane for the win. The Wyatts get crushed for good, maybe Rowan and Harper turn on Strowman and Wyatt to make them lose, and that brings the whole family to breaking point, letting Taker and Kane walk away with the win. Undertaker’s last match would then be against, possibly, whoever’s holding the WWE Heavyweight Championship title at Wrestlemania next year, because that helps them sell tickets for Wrestlemania. But honestly, this could go either way, but I think the match will be lacking something – Kane and Bray aren’t great wrestlers, and though Taker and Strowman will pull out all the stops, it might still be a little, dare I say, dull.
Heavyweight Semi-Final: Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio
Reigns. Obviously it has to be Reigns, there’s no doubt about it, he’s been pushed super hard since the Royal Rumble, and that doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon. There were also rumours that Reigns was due to take the title from Rollins at Survivor Series before the injury occurred, and Creative don’t like changing their plans very much, so that’s probably what we’re going to see. Either way, he’ll win over Del Rio, because Del Rio has been getting incredible heel heat, and someone on commentary will say something stupid about how they don’t know what a mobility scooter is as Zeb Colter drives out.
This match is going to be interesting, Del Rio sells nothing, so he’ll make Reigns work for it, and this is where any injuries that need to come into play in the final will occur, so we might see Reigns with a damaged shoulder, or knee, or similar, giving him an injury for when he faces off in the final. Reigns will win clean, obviously, because the golden boy has to.
Heavyweight Semi-Final: Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens
Ambrose to win. Absolutely. This should be a great match, it’s going to be full of trash talk, so get your lip-reading skills ready. Both men are masters of the hard sell, and they don’t hold back, so it’s going to be pretty intense. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Dean with a hurt shoulder – it’s a known weak spot for him, and again, and injury makes the final more exciting, because there’s an element of risk and danger, along with uncertainty.
Honestly, if they were going to turn Dean heel, this is where they’d do it, but with this many matches on the card, I don’t think they have much time for storyline, so I doubt it. They’ll save that, if it happens, for Monday’s Raw.
Heavyweight Final: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns
I refuse to admit that there could be any other possible outcomes. They have teased this for so long now, that these two are going to come up against each other and learn that, in wrestling, there are no friends at the top. Which is the last thing I want to happen. I’d like to see whoever wins take it clean, and I’d like to see their friendship survive, to be honest. I’d like to see that, contrary to what Paige was spouting, there can be friends at the top, that you don’t have to cease spending time with someone just because they won something and you didn’t. Quite aside from my feelings about the Brothers in Arms, it would be a good message to kids, who are supposedly the target audience these days, dick jokes notwithstanding, that you don’t have to fall apart just because you didn’t win something this time around. Dean’s been waiting placidly in the background for a while now, and as much as I want to see the title on him right damn now, I think it’s going to be Roman. He’s the ideal of what Vince loves to see in a wrestler, and even though his promo skills still need work, he’s got the in-ring skills to carry it, and the crowd are slowly getting behind him.
However, I’d like Sheamus is going to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and wreck it all, because that’s how I’d write this if I was the WWE – tease the break-up of what’s left of the Shield, make us all paranoid, then have them enjoy a good match, but one or both injured, so weak to Sheamus coming in from nowhere and taking the win. Why not? The title is going to change hands at least once before Seth’s back, most likely, so why not give someone else the chance to wear it for a while. We have to remember, as fans, that wrestlers’ worth isn’t actually defined by the title, and our favourite not getting one when we think they should isn’t saying anything about them – it just doesn’t fit into the storyline.
Either way, I think we’ll see the belt on Roman when Seth comes back, just for the obvious antagonising that will bring – but until then, who knows?