So, here we are, the one night a year where Raw and SmackDown Live compete, and while the Raw team have been threatened with the loss of their jobs if they fail, The Undertaker has literally promised to take the souls of a losing SmackDown team, and bury them. Without even stipulating a casket match! Unprecendented. So, let’s see how this is going to go down. As we’re tag-teaming for the show itself, we’re going to tag-team predictions here as well, so this is going to be split between Steph and Jess, each of us covering the matches we’ll be covering on Sunday.
MATCH: Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown – TAG TEAM EDITION
I have my issues with this match. It’s going to be a struggle to make an elimination tag match of this size look interesting. Either people are going to be eliminated extremely quickly, or the match is going to be long enough that people will struggle to maintain interest. Not to mention, there’s not a lot of interesting feuds to talk about between RAW and SmackDown here. There’s no tag team equivalent of Bray and Braun, or the former Shield boys, or the Four Horsewomen. Both teams have great performers on their side. So the only way I can think to predict is this – is RAW or SmackDown going to win the best of three? And I think I know that one.
Jess’ prediction: Team RAW to take it.
MATCH: Brian Zendrick vs. Kalisto – Cruiserweight Championship
This is a complicated one, with the announcement of the new Cruiserweight show, directly after SmackDown, but it’s also been a very quick title change recently, so possibly Kendrick won’t lose that so quickly. With the stipulation that, should Kalisto win, the Cruiserweights will move to SmackDown, there’s a lot at stake here, and it’s difficult to predict. Does SmackDown need the Cruiserweights to fill out their roster? Maybe. But Raw has three hours to fill, so needs the larger roster to utilise that time properly. It’s complex, but as I feel like the Cruiserweights would be better off with Daniel Bryan, their big cheerleader, and Mauro Ranallo, I’m going to suggest that they’re moving.
Steph’s prediction: Kalisto to win, and the Cruiserweights to head to SmackDown!
MATCH: Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown – WOMEN’S EDITION
So, on the face of it, it looks more like the SmackDown women, in the team of Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Naomi are more balanced than the Raw team of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Alicia Fox, Nia Jax and Bayley, but it’s not quite as simple as it looks. First, there’s the level of strength that Charlotte, Sasha, and Nia have, and secondly, there’s having three of the Four Horsewomen on one roster, even if they’re supposedly at odds with each other right now.
Steph’s prediction: The Raw women will take this one.
MATCH: Sami Zayn vs. The Miz – Intercontinental Championship Match
Well, I feel like a bit of a silly, because I wrote up a draft of my predictions last weekend and I originally had Dolph Ziggler down to win this match. There’s egg on my face now, isn’t there? I stand by the meat of that prediction, though, which is that I don’t know what SmackDown is going to do without a midcard belt, nor what RAW would do with two, even if SmackDown does take the Cruiserweights. Sorry, Sami – now is not your time. Still, with the Miz being who he is, I can’t imagine Sami is going to come out looking bad.
Jess’ prediction: Sami wins by disqualification; the Miz and SmackDown Live retain their title.
MATCH: Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown – MEN’S EDITION
Tensions have been flying high for this match! There’s legitimate tension between teammates and opponents here. It’s hard to say which team is stronger here; RAW has two champions, a number one contender, a best friend and a Braun Strowman, while SmackDown has the Commissioner and a mascot. But importantly, with bragging rights on the line here, SmackDown needs a win, and it ought to be the big one.
Jess’ prediction: Team SmackDown.
MATCH: Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg – Grudge Match
So, I wasn’t excited for this match at all, not one little bit, and then the segment came up where they faced each other on Raw, and I was actually sort of into that. So now, I’m almost excited for this match, aside from the fact that I have all the passion for Brock Lesnar that a turkey has for Christmas. Unfortunately, there’s no chance that Brock will lose, because he’s employed by the company and Goldberg isn’t.
Steph’s prediction: Brock to win, and there be weird boos. I don’t know. It’s going to be weird.
Alright, well, that’s the lot! Time to see what the results are on Sunday!