It’s looking increasingly likely that all ten men involved in the Survivor Series style tag match in a little over two weeks will be babyfaces.
Who will be competing for Raw and SmackDown Live’s Survivor Series men’s teams really began to take form on the respective shows this week. Stephanie McMahon informed Kurt Angle that he will be captaining Team Raw and Braun Strowman will be joining him. On the blue side Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Bobby Roode currently make up their ranks.
That still leaves four spots left to fill, and PWInsider had the scoop on who exactly will take up those remaining places. AJ Styles will reportedly be SmackDown Live’s final pick and on the red side of things, it’ll be Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, and Samoa Joe filling out the rest of the match. It may not look like it on first appearance, but there is one thing in particular that all ten of these men have in common.
That one thing is that unless you’re being extremely nit-picky, all of them are babyfaces. Yes, there are arguments to be made against the likes of Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe, but ultimately, WWE is filling out the match with Superstars they think will get cheered. While The Destroyer may not exactly exhibit babyface tendencies, there’s no argument to be made that more of the WWE Universe loves him than hates him.
Why exactly WWE could be choosing to go this way is unclear, although it may very well be a response to some of the backlash about SmackDown Live invading Raw. Many fans were quick to point out that faces and heels teamed up for seemingly no reason apart from brand pride. Having Superstars that don’t have issues with each other on each team will remedy that somewhat and stop fans complaining about wrestlers that are supposed to hate each other teaming up.
One thing’s for certain, if the lineups do wind up being the ones listed above then we are in for a pretty incredible match up at Survivor Series. Kurt Angle’s second match back and one that will see him collide with Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles. Plus, Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon may square off again after The Big Dog sent him out of last year’s Survivor Series on a stretcher. Prepare yourselves for fireworks.
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