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Apparently, after the brand split, WWE really wanted to make “the big four pay-per-views” (i.e. The Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series) feel big again. If last year’s jaw-dropping Goldberg V Brock Lesnar match didn’t achieve that already, this year’s stacked card certainly has. It’s a card that has changed on a nightly basis during the build-up to the event due to Champion changes, multiple stars having illnesses and writers trying to prevent having too many heel v heel matches. However, the card we’ve finally ended up with is littered with match of the year candidates and undoubtedly has the potential to outperform WrestleMania this year. I’m really looking forward to this one, so here are The Great Escapisms’ predictions for Survivor Series 2017.
Kick Off Match: Enzo Amore V Kalisto (Cruiserweight Championship)
Prediction: Enzo Amore
The nature of the Survivor series pay-per-view means that this is actually the only Championship match on the card. Don’t let that fool you though, because it’s also by far the worst match on the card, hence why it’s only on the pre-show, but it could still make headlines. A few rumours are circulating that Neville has worked out his issues with WWE and could be coming back on screen soon. While the pre-show probably wouldn’t be the best time to do this (especially since he’s only just resolved his issues with WWE), it would still be great to see if it does happen here.
I still think Enzo will be winning the match though. He has been doing well in the cruiserweight division and his charisma is needed to lead the division. Kalisto might be amazing to watch in the ring, but his mic skills are virtually non-existent, and so it’ll be really difficult for him to make the division seem important when he can’t talk it up properly. Even if Neville does return, it would make more sense for him to feud over the title with Enzo, rather than Kalisto, so Enzo should have this one.
The Miz V Baron Corbin
Prediction: The Miz
Compare the years that these two have had and it’s not hard to tell who the WWE sees as the bigger star. Sure, Corbin has a US title run and a Money in the Bank win to his name, but he’s been treated as a bit of a joke at times this year, for example; losing his cash in attempt and being treated like an afterthought by John Cena at SummerSlam. The Miz’s WrestleMania programme with John Cena, however, was taken more seriously, and he has been on/off Intercontinental Champion since April last year. He’s done wonders elevating the belt and has had stellar feuds with Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose. He was part of the TLC main event which involved Kurt Angle’s comeback and his heel promos have been consistently outstanding. The Miz generally just seems to have much more ability than Corbin and so should be given the win here. Plus, given that Corbin is the “Lone Wolf” he will have nobody by his side, whereas The Miz will still have “The Miztourage” to help him steal the win. It makes more sense for The Miz to use that to his advantage to pick up the win.
Alexa Bliss V Charlotte Flair
Prediction: Charlotte Flair
This is the first potentially great match on the card and it’s a really tough one to call. Bliss has dominated the women’s division on both SmackDown and Raw over the last year or so and is currently performing better than she ever has. Charlotte, however, really has been the top women star in WWE for years now. She held the Women’s Championship during most of her time on Raw, and for 113 days prior to the brand split, and both her work as a heel and her in-ring performances have been outstanding. The interesting thing about this match is that the two have never been on the same show since their NXT days, so it’s quite difficult to tell which way they are going to go with it. While a win for Bliss would put her over massively, WWE has always been strongly behind Charlotte. As well as that, Charlotte is the better in-ring performer at this point so it would be logical for her to win the match clean, especially with all the momentum she has having just won the title in a massive feel-good moment on SmnackDown.
Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Prediction: Team Raw
Unbelievably, as I was writing this, Natalya was revealed as Charlotte’s replacement on the SmackDown team, just as I was about to write a big long paragraph about how the fifth member is definitely going to be Paige. Natalya is a great wrestler, but I find this a pretty unimaginative choice. Just having her take Charlotte’s place after losing the title on SmackDown is uninspiring, especially when Paige is sitting at home waiting to make her return. There’s a chance she could still be involved, another member might pull out or something might change earlier in the show to allow Paige to come back into the team, but this seems unlikely now.
In terms of the result, Asuka is on Team Raw, and I just can’t see them throwing away the undefeated streak as part of a multi-person elimination match. Even if that elimination match is a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match (which is a pretty big match), there is so much more WWE can get out of the undefeated streak. As with any big streak, overcoming it should be done in a singles match by another big up and coming star to put them over at a big occasion. It’s too soon since her call up to do this now, and so she should go the distance with Team Raw in this match.
The Shield V The New Day
Prediction: The Shield
Considering this match only got added to the card on Monday, this is a massive bonus and is another standout match. Even though the two teams had been heavily involved with each other in the buildup to the event as part of the under siege story, I didn’t really see a match between them coming, which is probably because I didn’t think Reigns would be back in time to be able to make Survivor Series. This could be a great match, The Shield are one of the most protected stables in WWE history and The New Day are just coming off the back of one of their most entertaining feuds yet with The Usos.
I think The Shield are pretty nailed on to take the win though. They aren’t going to bring back one of the most dominant stables of the decade just to have them lose one of their first matches back, especially as one of the reasons they’re doing The Shield reunion now is to make Roman look strong going into next year. Another loss won’t really damage The New Day in terms of strength or credibility either, so a win for The Shield doesn’t really cause any problems.
The Bar V The Usos
Prediction: The Usos
Of all the great matches on the card, this one – if given enough time – is the dark horse for match of the night. These are two terrific tag teams who are on top of their game at the minute and what the other matches have in star power, this one has in unpredictability and technical ability. They were the last two teams remaining in the 10 man tag team elimination match from last year’s Survivor Series and put on a terrific finale to the match. Sheamus & Cesaro picked up the win that time so it would make sense if they returned the favour and let The Usos pick up a win here. The Usos are on the run of their career at the minute and still have a load of momentum behind them from having beaten The New Day for the titles at Hell in a Cell. They would probably benefit from the win more than Sheamus and Cesaro would as well, and if my previous predictions are right, SmackDown won’t have had many wins by this point. While Raw is likely to win overall as WWE are always going to back it as the main show, it can’t be a complete walkover, as that means they are burying their own show and pretty much telling viewers “that show is rubbish, watch the other one”. Because of all that, I think they’ll give this one to The Usos.
Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Prediction: Team SmackDown
One of the things commentators love to say about these matches is “there’s a load of combustible elements going into this one!” This time, they’re not wrong. There’s so much that could happen in this match that might affect the outcome.
I think it’s pretty likely that Kurt Angle and Triple H will cost each other their place in the match. Last week’s Raw gave Kurt a lot to be angry about at Triple H, and it’s likely that the two are now building to a match at WrestleMania next year. This is too good an opportunity for them not to take in terms of building towards this. Shane will probably lose his place in the match due to interference from someone on the SmackDown brand, given that Owens, Zayn, Daniel Bryan and Rusev have all voiced grievances with Shane over the last month or so. Balor and Joe could also come to blows and end up taking each other out the match to set up a programme between the two over the coming months. That would leave Strowman in a handicap situation against the rest of the SmackDown team, meaning he could lose, but still look strong as he could go close to beating four of the top stars in the company. SmackDown winning here also even’s things out after Raw win the Women’s 5-on-5.
Brock Lesnar V AJ Styles
Prediction: Brock Lesnar
If done right, this could be a fantastic match. Chances are, this will be another typical Brock Lesnar 10 minute Suplex City crush match, just to continue making Lesnar look strong. Styles is much better than that though and shouldn’t be just beaten down and made to look ordinary. But, on SmackDown, Bryan talked up how AJ’s work rate and speed would be too much for Lesnar to handle. Hopefully, this means they might be using this as a way to turn this into a wrestling match rather than just a brawl, and if that’s the case, then this could be one mega main event.
It’s still clear that Lesnar is going to win though. Lesnar’s dominant streak is going to remain intact until WrestleMania, where they’re going to want him looking strong for when Reigns inevitably beats him. Although it would make Styles look deservedly strong, it’s not going to happen. Plus, Lesnar losing would take away from the aura that surrounds his title matches at the minute, that’s something that is better being kept intact. All I ask is that it’s a close fought victory, Styles is made to look strong and for it to not just become a generic Brock Lesnar dominant beatdown of a match. This, in Kayfabe, is the best wrestler from each brand going at it. It should be close, and both should be made to look strong.
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