This year’s Survivor Series card is among the very best in recent memory. We’ll see a number of legends and future Hall of Famers, including Triple H, Randy Orton, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle (already in the Hall).
We’ll see one men’s and one women’s 5-on-5 interbrand match, plus a handful of champion vs. champion matches – highlighted by the first-ever Brock Lesnar and A.J. Styles bout.
There are countless possibilities in how the show will play out, as Survivor Series will be used to start building up future rivalries and the road to WrestleMania 34. So what surprises are in store this Sunday? Here are five bold predictions for Survivor Series 2017.
5. SmackDown Squashes Raw In Women’s Match
Last year, the Raw women’s team emerged victorious in the interbrand match. But with so many big stars in Asuka, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss, there isn’t a need for Team Raw to win this match. They already own most of the company’s top female superstars.
SmackDown needs to start building up the women’s division again. The best way of doing this would be for them to squash the Raw squad. Look for a shocking upset, as Team SmackDown eliminates all five members of Team Raw – while only losing Tamina in the contest.
4. Alexa Bliss Upsets Charlotte
Right now, Charlotte has all the momentum after defeating Natalya to capture her first SmackDown Women’s Championship. Charlotte was also congratulated by her father, Ric Flair. She’s also set to defend her title at Starrcade next Saturday with The Nature Boy in attendance.
Charlotte first has to face Raw Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss. Right now, it’s logical to think Charlotte is going to pull off yet another monumental victory. But Bliss has looked weak during her reign, losing a handful of her matches while being dominated by Nia Jax.
3. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Show Up
There are a handful of possibilities here. Could Owens and Zayn show up and interfere in the men’s 5-on-5 interbrand match? Or could they try to get involved in The Shield vs. New Day? Unlikely. The Shield will likely crush New Day in an easy and predictable victory.
Owens and Zayn have just begun a friendship, and the two men need somebody to feud with. I’m thinking it makes sense for them to cost The Usos their match against The Bar. That will set up a storyline for Owens and Zayn to chase the SmackDown Tag Team Titles – and they should win those very soon.
2. Brock Lesnar Defeats A.J. Styles (With Some Help)
Though most people probably want to see The Phenomenal One hand Lesnar a second consecutive loss at Survivor Series, it’s extremely unlikely. Lesnar needs to look as dominant as ever, but Styles can’t exactly afford to be “squashed” as the WWE Champion.
Dave Meltzer believes that Jinder Mahal could interfere in this match and cost Styles, which makes plenty of sense. It only makes sense for Lesnar to win every match leading up to WrestleMania 34, but it’s best for Styles to lose via getting screwed.
The rivalry between Mahal and Styles has just started, and it won’t end anytime soon. So expect interference from the Modern Day Maharaja, who will help the beast conquer Styles in an otherwise thrilling match.
1. Jason Jordan Appears, Costs Raw
This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw saw Bray Wyatt injure Jason Jordan after their match. As such, GM Kurt Angle was forced to remove his “son” and replace him with Triple H. This sets up a clean Jordan heel turn with countless possibilities in the aftermath.
Jordan will come out and betray Team Raw. It will then give him a much-needed heel turn, since Jordan isn’t cutting it as a babyface. The betrayal could also set up the long-rumored Triple H vs. Kurt Angle match at WrestleMania 34.
We’ve seen many of these interbrand match feature betrayals throughout the years, so don’t be surprised if Jordan comes out and betrays his father and brand. It all makes sense and sets up thing nicely for future storylines and feuds.
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