Survivor series is probably my favourite pay per view of the year. It’s probably one of the first I remember growing up watching wrestling and since the brand split a few years ago it now has more of a legitimate competition feel to see who the number one brand in the company is.
This years pay per is shaping up to be great even with the changes made as of this week due to injury and last minute title changes. The build-up to the show had Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) take on Becky Lynch (SmackDown Women’s Champion) and Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion on the Raw brand) take on AJ Styles (WWE Champion on the SmackDown brand) however in the space of two nights all this changed. The smackdown women roster “invaded” Raw which saw both groups of women take each other on in a brawl in the ring. Unfortunately, Nia Jax seemed to get caught up in the moment and swing a wild right hand at Becky Lynch knocking her to the ground.
When she got back to her feet it was clear she was a little groggy and seemed to have blood pouring from the bridge of her nose. She carried on and finished the segment of the show which saw her give a few strikes to Ronda Rousey with a steel chair before escaping out through the crowd with the rest of the SmackDown women roster, it is worth noting that she was guided to the barriers by Peyton Royce who could clearly tell that something was wrong with Lynch. Reports came out later that night that Becky had suffered a broken cheekbone as well as having a concussion and therefore cannot be medically cleared to compete in her match against Rousey. Yes, we know that wrestling isn’t real and that matches are predetermined etc but there is still an element of danger when the competitors step into the ring and their safety is paramount. It remains to see if there will be any punishment for Nia Jax for her actions on Monday night or if it is just seen as one of those things.
The other change came about on Tuesday nights episode of SmackDown which saw Daniel Bryan surprisingly win the WWE Title from AJ Styles, something that is rarely seen on a regular weekly show. This came as a surprise as Daniel Bryan hasn’t really been in the title picture up until now.
This means we now have Brock Lesnar take on Daniel Bryan in one of the customary champion vs champion matches. The worry for Daniel Bryan fans is that with his history of injuries, especially to his neck, how will he fare against an opponent who is much stronger and likes to throw people around the ring?!
The matches announced so far are:
Buddy Murphy (c) v Mustafa Ali for the Cruiserweight Championship
This title is not specific to any brand so will likely be on the kickoff show to warm the crowd up
Raw v SmackDown tag team elimination match consisting of (Team Raw) Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, The Revival, The B-Team, Lucha House Party and The Ascension v (Team SmackDown) The Usos, The New Day, Sanity, Gallows and Anderson and The Colons
Tag team elimination matches are fairly new to survivor series but it will be interesting to see how this one plays out as there will be 20 men in the ring!
Authors of Pain v The Bar in the Champions v Champions tag team match.
The Women’s traditional survivor series elimination match (Team Raw) Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Natalya and Ruby Riott vs (Team SmackDown) Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka and one more opponent yet to be decided.
The main thing this match will be how the crowd reacts to Nia Jax after the incident on Monday Night Raw. Expect a fair few boos towards her. This match originally had Charlotte Flair as team captain however she is replacing Becky Lynch in the match against Ronda Rousey leaving a spot open for the SmackDown women’s team.
The Mens match consists of (Team Raw) Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley vs (Team SmackDown) The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy who is replacing Daniel Bryan
These teams seem a little underwhelming in my opinion. Last year Triple H and Kurt Angle were involved and made the matches more of a main event. I suspect this match to be midway on the card.
Seth Rollins (Intercontinental champion v Shinsuke Nakamura (united states champion)
I forget the Nakamura is the US champion and since his main even push at the start of the year which saw him win the Royal Rumble he’s been lost in the mid-card. Hopefully we can see a push for him in the future and a dream match against Daniel Bryan be main even worthy on any promotion.
Its hard to know what the creative department has in mind with this match as up until Tuesday it was the rematch between Lesnar and AJ Styles which some would argue was one of the matches of the year last year. Hopefully Bryan gets through this match unscathed and although he is medically cleared again and has been for some time he still wrestles in a way the people deem dangerous and only 3 weeks ago very nearly knocked himself and Shelton Benjamin unconscious with a miss timed diving headbutt.
Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs Charlotte Flair
Ok so peaking behind the curtain this match should be great as Charlotte Flair is one of the people who trained Rousey when she made her transition from UFC to WWE and this is regarded as a dream match for a lot of people and one we were hoping to see at Wrestlemania. But there’s no time like the present so with the current situation WWE finds themselves in they have been forced to have the match now instead of at their biggest show of the year in April.
This should be a great match and I can’t see Ronda losing this due to the momentum she has at the minute and the WWE not wanting their prized possession to look weak and lose.
All in all, this should be a good show, however, most people were tuning in to see Becky Lynch take on Rousey as they have built this storyline really well in the last few weeks but we still should get a great match with Charlotte and Ronda.
Survivor Series is the second longest running pay per view WWE have and is one of the big 4 shows of the year they put on. Hopefully, it still lives up to the hype and we are not left disappointed.
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