Survivor Series is the last of WWE’s "Big Four" pay-per-views before we head into 2018 and The Road to WrestleMania 34. With all that has been happening in WWE over the past several weeks, the WWE opted to go with a SmackDown vs Raw theme for the show. While that is the route WWE took, there were other ways they could get fans invested in the inter-brand event. Here are five other traditional Survivor Series matches we'd rather see. As it is, the PPV is shaping up to be an average one, so these matches would likely make more sense for one of WWE's biggest PPV events of the year.
This one could have been interesting. The company has been building tension between Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn as the culmination of Hell in a Cell between Owens and McMahon left fans wanting more. With long time enemies Zayn and Owens coming together and seemingly rubbing everyone the wrong way, on screen and off, this match seems all but inevitable. The two former friends were ROH Tag Champions together as Kevin Steen and El Generico (hence the name, one WWE obviously won’t go with however), and that could be a possibility down the line. With Zayn's heel turn stemming from animosity towards McMahon, this would be a great, organic story. The stakes of this match could be absolutely anything, but with the rivalry between Owens and McMahon getting very personal, adding Zayn into the story just makes it even better. This would no doubt be a great match, no matter what is put at stake.
Steenerico: Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and The Uso’s.
Shane O’Mac: Shane McMahon, Bobby Roode, The New Day (Xavier Woods and Big E) and Tye Dillinger.
This one has been building for quite some time now, and despite the fact that it hasn’t been referenced on RAW or Smackdown, it has been eluded to on social media and during the Mae Young Classic. And if there was ever a way to introduce Ronda Rousey, this would certainly be it. We know the WWE are interested in bringing in all four of the former UFC competitors (they’ve already got Baszler, and Shafir has appeared on NXT TV alongside her partner Roddy Strong). With how important WWE’s Four Horsewomen have been to the women’s revolution, this would signify how important those women are to WWE. Lita has recently been pushing for the WWE to introduce Tag Team Championships into the women’s division, so this would certainly help that process, but most importantly, it would give Survivor Series the "big fight feel" that it should always have.
MMA: Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler.
WWE: Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Sasha Banks.
This is one fans have been calling for over the past several years, and with the increased exposure that NXT is getting, why not give them a showcase match against the combined forces of RAW and Smackdown? Fans have considered NXT a much better program for some time, so this could be an organic story that NXT are looking to further take the spotlight from the main roster. With the likes of Dolph Ziggler on the team, it makes complete sense for them to step up and knock the ‘developmental’ guys down, as they could take their spots in the near future. This one is the least likely to happen, as NXT TakeOver: WarGames is just a night before Survivor Series. All five of these men will likely have been through hell at that event, but if it could happen, it would be a phenomenal bout and a good way to introduce the wider WWE Universe to these performers.
NXT: Drew McIntyre, Aleister Black, Sanity (Eric Young and Killian Dain) and Johnny Gargano.
RAW & Smackdown: The Bar, The Uso’s and Dolph Ziggler.
Ever since Enzo Amore joined the cruiserweight division, they’ve been given much more time on RAW. Although the polarizing ‘certified G’ seems to have the whole division against him, that turned in the recent Lumberjack match with several heels in the division stepping up for him. If given enough time, this could be a phenomenal in-ring bout and would give most of these guys a chance to expose themselves to the wider audience with enough time (as their weekly 2 minute RAW matches do nothing for them). This happened on RAW several weeks ago, and Amore is the only person defending his title on the show. But it will likely be forgotten by the end which is why this match should have taken place instead.
Team Enzo: Enzo Amore, Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick.
Team Kalisto: Kalisto, Neville, Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali.
The Shield reunion is one of the biggest WWE stories in recent memory, but it's fallen slightly flat. After their barnstormer at TLC, fans have been wanting more, so this makes sense to be the first bout featuring all three members of The Shield. It may feel old after that TLC clash, but there still remains plenty of animosity between the competitors and would be a great match. But it would be what happens after the bout that would make it a huge story heading into 'Mania. With the reunion not going well, WWE may attempt to spice things up by breaking the group up again with either Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns playing the villain this time around. But no matter what, this would be much more interesting than the cliche Smackdown vs. RAW story that we've got.
The Shield: Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Kurt Angle.
Team Miz: The Miz, Braun Strowman, The Bar and Bray Wyatt.
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