Though Jinder Mahal and Brock Lesnar will make for an entertaining match (if it goes as expected), many WWE fans are looking forward to the five-on-five tag team elimination match. Five superstars from the Raw brand will face five wrestlers from the SmackDown brand, with bragging rights on the line.
Last year’s match featured nothing but star power represented by Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins. SmackDown (the winning team), had AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, and Shane McMahon.
Truth be told, it’ll be hard to replicate the excitement of last year’s 10-man match. But if WWE wants to come close, they’ll have to avoid placing these six superstars in the match.
6. SmackDown: Baron Corbin
The United States Champion has been stuck as a mid-card wrestler, and Corbin simply isn’t worthy of taking a spot away from other SmackDown talents. He’s likely going to defend his US title at the pay-per-view event anyway, but Corbin hasn’t proven himself as a main event star yet.
Right now, it makes sense for WWE to build up its US Champion more before launching him into the five-on-five match. He has mediocre mic skills, and there are simply more qualified stars to join Team SmackDown.
5. Raw: Bray Wyatt
It made sense for Wyatt to be on Team SmackDown last year when The Wyatt Family cult was up and running. But Wyatt is now in singles competition and hasn’t developed much momentum since moving over to Raw.
Wyatt is in the middle of a feud with Finn Balor, and it probably makes sense for them to continue that rivalry (since the former missed their TLC match with the mumps).
There just isn’t much value in-story to add Wyatt to Team Raw. Considering he’s still out with mumps, the creative team could struggle to build him up heading into Survivor Series. Time isn’t on his side to get healthy and qualify, plus Wyatt is a bit bland in promos. Hard to see him helping Raw in hyping up this match.
4. SmackDown: Dolph Ziggler
WWE took Ziggler off of TV to rebuild his character. The result was a cheesy, can’t-take-seriously character who comes out while mocking other superstars’ entrances. This is how the WWE repackaged him?
Ziggler is at crossroads in his career. He’s always been stuck in the mid-card, and will never get promoted to the main event level—including a Survivor Series match. With his contract set to expire soon, many wonder if Ziggler will even be around in the WWE much longer.
There’s no reason for him to be in the 10-man match. His feud with Bobby Roode is far from over, and Ziggler isn’t worthy of a spot if he actually is about to leave the WWE. Give the spot to someone who needs it most.
3. Raw: Enzo Amore
Things have changed a ton for Enzo Amore since his breakup with Big Cass. The Certified G’s feud with his former tag team partner ended quickly after Cass suffered a legitimate torn ACL injury during a couple of months ago.
Amore is now the Cruiserweight Champion, but is also the center of plenty of backstage tension and heat right now. Can you imagine Amore and his rapidly-growing ego making the five-on-five match better?
Amore simply has made too many enemies, and it could cause a major stir among the Raw roster if he gets one of the five spots. Furthermore, Amore is a mediocre in-ring performer at best. Hard to see him actually putting on a clinic with nine of the WWE’s top stars. Keep him far away from the 10-man tag team match.
2. SmackDown: Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens was part of Team Raw last year. He’s set to face Nakamura on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown to determine who’ll join Randy Orton’s team. It better not be Owens.
That’s because K.O. is now among the WWE’s top superstars. Owens deserves his own match, and probably should face another big star from the Raw brand (Finn Balor or somebody from The Shield, perhaps?)
Also, Nakamura has struggled to gain momentum since coming over from NXT. He needs the spot and the performance more than Owens does. K.O. got to be in the tag team match last year. He’s better off facing a big star one-on-one this time.
1. Raw: Braun Strowman
If the creative team plays it right this time, Strowman won’t be part of Team Raw for the second consecutive year.
That’s because as we’ve seen before, Strowman is a much better performer in singles matches. His character is all about not wanting to team up with people, and Strowman hasn’t developed that tag team “chemistry” if you will.
Vince McMahon has built up Strowman by having him crush singles competition. Survivor Series should see Strowman facing a top star from SmackDown if anything else. He simply isn’t at his best when he’s working on a team. Kurt Angle should do what he can to ensure Strowman doesn’t round out one of the spots on Team Raw.
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