Survivor Series is now fewer than three weeks away and the build to the bumper event is well and truly in full swing. For the most part, WWE's focus is on Raw and SmackDown Live putting together their men's and women's teams for the 10 person elimination tag matches. However, most of the Survivor Series card will be made up of four other matches such as the champion versus champion bouts. All four of Raw's champions will be going up against their SmackDown Live counterparts. WWE has been making sure that they get the point across that those matches are not necessarily set in stone though. In the next three weeks, any of the eight titles in question could change hands. Which five of those are most likely to switch to other Superstars before Survivor Series?
There's no question that Natalya is a deserving Women's Champion. She is a terrific wrestler, a tenured employee of WWE and basically, it has been a long time coming. Sadly though, Nattie isn't exactly the most must-see champion in WWE right now. Frankly, the prospect of her versus Alexa Bliss at Survivor Series doesn't exactly feel like a very big deal. That's why it's highly likely the SmackDown's Women's Championship will be around the waist of somebody else come November 19th. The most likely candidate right now looks to be Charlotte Flair for a number of reasons. Charlotte versus Bliss would make for a more compelling match, it would also help balance the heel/face dynamic, plus WWE wouldn't have to change the Women's Championship match between Charlotte and Natalya that's booked for Starrcade.
Aside from the match between the two female champions, the other match on the Survivor Series card that hasn't exactly got fans' mouths watering is The Miz versus Baron Corbin. Compared to most of the other bouts, this one just seems to have nothing about it. Once again it's a heel versus heel dynamic and that can be a tricky thing to make work, especially when it's unlikely that the two men in question will clash at all between now and Survivor Series. With Sami Zayn off of Team SmackDown Live and Kevin Owens very likely heading the same way, it wouldn't be too difficult to have one of them become US Champion in the coming weeks. Yes, they're heels too, but at least there would be an obvious fan favorite in the match.
There is, of course, another option to switch up the Miz versus Corbin match if WWE doesn't want to take the United States Title away from The Lone Wolf so soon, and that's to have The A-Lister drop his Intercontinental Championship. In all fairness, following this week's Raw, Miz losing his title would make a lot more sense than Corbin not being US champ anymore. Braun Strowman returned on Monday night and made a beeline for Miz and his Miztourage, seeking out revenge for being put in the back of a garbage truck. He got some of that revenge, of course, but he's likely not done yet. Imagine The Monster Among Men as Intercontinental Champion? I wouldn't think much of Baron Corbin's chances in that situation.
Of all the champion versus champion matches that are currently set for Survivor Series, the one the fans are likely most looking forward to is Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose going up against The Usos. Two-thirds of The Shield versus a team that has been tearing the house down with New Day for the better part of the past six months, what's not to love? While Jimmy and Jey don't seem to be in any danger of losing their titles anytime soon, the same can't be said for Seth and Dean. The Hounds of Justice don't seem to be able to shake off Sheamus and Cesaro and don't be surprised if The Bar somehow manages to win those titles back before Survivor Series. That way Ambrose and Rollins would be free to join Raw's five-man team alongside Kurt Angle and presumably their Shield-brother, Roman Reigns.
While this one is highly unlikely, it's also almost definitely the one that fans would like to see the most so let's throw it in here: Jinder Mahal losing the WWE Championship. When rumors began that Mahal was going to be facing Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, it was a little confusing, to say the least. Why would WWE put a man who has scraped past Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura up against The Beast Incarnate? No sooner had The Maharajah issued the challenge we were thrown a lifeline. AJ Styles came to the ring to address the WWE Champion, rightly pointing out that he is yet to defeat The Phenomenal One. Now, chances are this is setting up for a match between Mahal and Styles following Survivor Series, but what if it isn't? What if Styles becomes WWE Champion within the next few weeks and goes on to face Lesnar? It would certainly make for a much more interesting main event for the pay-per-view.
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